We are a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy, and program development in Montana.
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is a dual coalition that was established in 1986 in order to strengthen the support systems serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence. MCADSV is the only statewide organization that provides training and technical assistance to service providers that address domestic, sexual and dating violence in Montana. MCADSV’s member programs provide direct services to the communities they serve, including shelters, transitional housing, legal advocacy, support groups, crisis lines, and community education.
Part of our philosophy is to eliminate all forms of oppression within the Coalition and in our members’ crisis centers and other programs. Also, the Coalition is committed to speaking out about the connections between domestic and sexual violence and other forms of oppression. We strive to provide support and networking opportunities, and training for organizations and community groups that provide domestic and sexual violence intervention/prevention services on the state, regional, and national levels. Another goal of MCADSV is to increase awareness and understanding of domestic and sexual violence, to address the concerns of survivors and to explore and support innovative policy approaches to issues related to domestic and sexual violence.
*MCADSV does NOT provide direct services aside from the SALS Program*
The Sexual Assault Legal Services Program (SALS) provides direct legal services for survivors of sexual assault. SALS can educate survivors about potential legal remedies and provide legal representation where appropriate.
We can provide legal assistance and/or representation with the following:
• Safety Planning
• Temporary and Permanent Orders of Protection
• Housing (including landlord/tenant issues, public housing, and foreclosure)
• Education (Title IX)
• Access to Social Services and Public Benefits
• Privacy Issues
• Criminal Justice Advocacy (crime victim’s rights during investigations and proceedings)
• Financial Issues
• Crime Victim Compensation
• Rape Shield Violations (media protection)
• Name Change
We serve every sex, race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, and immigration status. Survivors will receive services based on greatest need and program capacity.
(Program description written by MCADSV Outreach Coordinator Jessica Lahr)
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence:
- Supports and connects the direct service victim advocacy programs operating in all 56 counties.
- Ensures victims of domestic and sexual violence have alternatives in rural, urban, and tribal communities.
- Increases public awareness and encourage people to take action.
- Serves as a voice for Montana survivors and advocates in the public policy arena.
- Provides a wide variety of technical assistance and training in order to increase support for survivors in whatever system they encounter.
All 5 regions in Montana provide direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. To view a comprehensive list of services in your area click here
Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence