ABOUT ALABAMA COALITION
AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV) is Alabama’s federally recognized domestic violence coalition, representing over 16 state domestic violence organizations and programs. We engage in capacity building, communications, and public policy efforts to ensure effective domestic violence prevention and intervention. ACADV and its members and allies work collaboratively with community, corporate, and foundation partners to achieve social and systems change on behalf of domestic violence survivors and their families. We support advocates, collaborative partners, community organizations, and the community with their work to promote safe and healthy communities throughout Alabama.
We envision communities fully mobilized to ensure the safety and dignity of all.
The mission of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to create opportunities for freedom from domestic violence through advocacy, education and the promotion of social intolerance of abuse. ACADV provides training, technical assistance, public policy and development, and support to domestic violence programs.
ACADV values the dignity of every human being and are committed to taking an intersectional approach in understanding and addressing the root causes of racial, gendered, economic, and all other forms of oppression in the fight for equity and to end abuse.
Alabama joined the national movement against domestic violence.
The first two shelters opened in Alabama – Penelope House in Mobile and Turning Point in Tuscaloosa.
The Protection from Abuse Act was passed.
The state legislature passed a bill creating a state marriage license fee to fund shelter programs.
ACADV member shelters first received funding from the state budget.
Funds from the U.S. Victims of Crime Administration were available for victims in Alabama for the first time.
The Warrantless Arrest Act was passed by the state legislature.
ACADV Board of Directors appointed the first Executive Director.
ACADV provided the first statewide training for prosecutors on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
ACADV received an ADECA grant to expand local shelter programs and the Family Violence Prevention Fund was created.
The Alabama legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill into law making domestic violence a separate crime in the criminal code.
The Special Assessment Liaison Program was initiated (SAIL).
Bill to remove the filing fee for PFA petitions passed.
Domestic violence is a deliberate pattern of controlling and coercive conduct that serves to deprive victims of safety and autonomy. Perpetrators use abusive tactics to reinforce their “rules” and maintain absolute power and control over their intimate partners.
Women are at a significantly greater risk of intimate partner violence than men. In 2013, Alabama data showed 79 percent of the victims of domestic violence cases reported by state law enforcement agencies were females. For this reason, male pronouns are used on this website to refer to abusers and female pronouns are used to refer to victims.
Common Abuse Tactics:
- Seeks control of the thoughts, beliefs and conduct of their partner.
- Restricts all of the victim’s rights and freedoms.
- Punishes their partner for breaking their “rules” or challenging their authority.
- Minimizes and denies the seriousness of their violence.
- Believes they are entitled to control their partner.
- Uses anger, alcohol/drug use and stress as excuses for their abusive behaviors.
- Blames the behavior of the victim and/or problems in the relationship for the violence.
A Message to Victims:
- You are not to blame for being beaten and abused.
- You are not the cause of another person’s violent behavior.
- You deserve to have your feelings and experiences acknowledged as real and valid.
- You deserve to be treated with respect and to be asked rather than “ordered”.
- You deserve a safe and happy life free from emotional abuse or physical threat.
- You are not alone.
- You can ask others for help.
- You have options.
The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence advances the principle of creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence through advocacy, education, and promoting social intolerance of abuse.
There are no active request for proposals.
Who We Are
Accessibility & Services Specialist
Training & Communications Manager
Jessica West Jackson
Marianalyn D Coleman
Sarah Watson Laurio
Tonie Ann Torrans
ACADV Board of Directors
Pamela Rogers–Vice President
Jasmyne L. Crimiel–Secretary
Jessica West Jackson
Tonie Ann Torrans
Algene Thomas Strickland
Honorable Kathy Ann Alexis