The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault promotes and sustains a collective movement to end violence and oppression through social change.
To be a collective voice for victims and survivors and to support those agencies and communities working to prevent and eliminate domestic and sexual violence.
… interpersonal violence is the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others.
… societal oppression is the abuse of power, which systematically creates conditions that condone violent acts.
… that every human being has the right to be safe and free from violence.
… that the elimination of interpersonal and societal violence is most effectively advanced through networking and coalition building at the local, state, and national levels.
… societal change is achieved through community involvement and prevention efforts.
… that community engagement is intrinsic to the creation of a safe and just society.
… in individual self-determination, empowerment through support and education, and the right of all persons to live without fear of interpersonal violence regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, level of ability, religion or sexual orientation.
In 1977, there were five programs in the state, located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, and Nome, providing limited services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These programs existed due to the courage and conviction of the many people who volunteered their time to establish and answer crisis hotlines, offer their homes as emergency shelters, and advocate for victims’ rights. However, the programs were not coordinated, little funding existed, and the issues of domestic and sexual violence weren’t well understood or addressed.
In 1980, the five existing programs established ANDVSA as a statewide network composed of the non-profit, community-based programs working cooperatively and noncompetitively to secure funding, share information and expertise, and expand and improve services offered to survivors.
ANDVSA has grown into a strong statewide coalition providing legislative advocacy, legal services for survivors, and resources, services and connection between Alaska’s domestic and sexual violence programs.