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About Us

The Vermont Network is a statewide resource on domestic and sexual violence issues. Its staff provide technical assistance and training to member programs and statewide partners, inform public policy, and coordinate statewide projects and conferences.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to create a world free of oppression where actions, beliefs and systems support all people to thrive.

Our Global Goal

To do this, we work to create conditions which are favorable for member program success.  Member program success means survivors are supported and empowered in getting their needs met and communities are working toward eliminating domestic and sexual violence.

Our Philosophy

The Vermont Network is a feminist organization committed to eradicating domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, empowerment, and social change.

We believe that all human beings are of equal value; all forms of oppression are connected and unacceptable; everyone has a right to be safe; it is the responsibility of the community to ensure the safety of all its members; and everyone should have a voice.

We are a survivor centered feminist organization which is part of a movement. We value and support each survivors’ right to self determination and choice. We welcome, value and seek others’ involvement in this work.

We work to change society to end sexual and domestic violence in our world, empower survivors, enhance survivor safety, enhance offender accountability, and raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence.

Our Priorities

Advocacy at the individual, organizational, and societal level focuses on:

  • Support for Network programs through training, technical assistance and capacity building;
  • Public Policy through advocacy, collaboration and education;
  • Social change through community outreach and prevention.

Our History

The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence was founded in 1986 as a statewide coalition of domestic and sexual violence programs, with a state office in Montpelier.

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