For the thousands of women and children on St. Croix who are victims of violence, little help was available before our Coalition was formed. In 1981, a symposium for women writers was held at the College of the Virgin Islands. This conference had a tremendous inspirational effect on the women who attended. They all participated in the discussion of the growing need for action again the increasing violence against women in the territory.
As a result, a group of about twenty women started meeting regularly and decided their purpose would be to promote equality for freedom through the oppressions of sexism and racism — through education and advocacy for women’s rights. To accomplish this they agreed to begin with the basics: address the issue of violence against women in our community.
Out of these sessions emerged the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to ending violence again women, men and children, and
The Women’s Coalition Today
Today, the Women’s Coalition owns and operates an office/crisis center, a shelter for battered women and their children, and a used clothing store. It is a multicultural organization comprised of a large group of volunteers, a Board of Directors, co-directors, crisis counselors, a child advocate/counselor and support staff.
Its community effectiveness has increase through its professional advocacy and caring concern for the problems of all crime victims including victims of rape and domestic violence.
The Coalition is part of the V.I. Domestic Violence Coordinating Council which coordinates public and private agencies’ responses to victims and abusers in domestic violence cases. This inter-agency cooperation aims to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in our community and to provide safety to victims.