“Unless someone offers a friendly smile, a helping hand, a caring word, a listening ear, somebody, somewhere loses the courage to live.”–Unknown
Before WCSC began, there was no place on St. Croix for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault get help focused on the unique challenges they face. Our work began with volunteers offering support without judgement to rape victims in crisis. Victims of domestic violence were in need of crisis intervention and safe, emergency housing as well. The need for a safe space to offer a range of supportive programs and services to victims and survivors helped shape what evolved into the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix.
The Importance of Our Mission
We are dedicated to ending violence in our community. Too many in our midst continue to struggle with the effects of domestic abuse and rape, and factors including poverty, sexism and racism, that help to keep the number of incidents growing and affect survivors, families, everyone in our community. The need for the advocacy, programs and services WCSC offers to anyone affected by violence still exists. We offer support without judgement and opportunities for hope, 24 hours a day.
The needs of survivors continue to shape our mission and what we do because:
- Each year thousands of women, children and men are survivors of violence.
- Survivors are offered crisis intervention services and therapeutic counseling in English and Spanish.
- Help for survivors of crimes is available regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation or religion.
- First responders including police, hospital and social service personnel can receive sensitivity training to better assist survivors in crisis.
- Survivors in crisis can be offered support by trained volunteer victim advocates.
- Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and their children have access to safe emergency housing and aid, 24/7/365.
- Survivors have access to secure leased transitional housing and supportive services to assist with becoming self-sufficient again.
- Survivors in secondary stages of healing can participate in weekly self-help support groups.
- Community education is available for businesses, places of worship, public service agencies and other organizations on domestic violence, rape, child molestation, conflict resolution, date rape, sexual harassment and other issues.
- Child advocacy is available to promote children’s interests and protect their rights in many different settings, including home, courts, schools, and social agencies.
- School workshops and presentations for students in kindergarten through higher education are available for public and private schools on issues of conflict resolution, violence and sexual abuse prevention.