Working for the major social changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and their children.
The South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence (SDCEDSV) is dedicated to the reclamation of the respected, autonomous and safe status of women who have been battered/raped, and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of women and their children.
The SDCEDSV believes violence against women and their children results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships and societal abuses of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-semitism, ablebodyism, ageism, and other oppressions. The SDCEDSV recognizes the abuse of power in society fosters battering and rape by perpetuating conditions that condone violence. Therefore, it is the mission of SDCEDSV to work for the major societal changes necessary to eliminate all forms of oppression, particularly those aimed at women and their children.
Domestic violence is any act occurring between people who live together, or have lived together, that causes harm or makes one believe the intention is to cause physical or psychological harm.
Sexual violence are violent acts where sex is the weapon and is very effective and violent. These acts harm victims spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. They take power and control away.
Human/sex trafficking includes recruiting, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for through the use of force and is a modern-day form of slavery.