Who We Are
ESCADV's hotline is answered by staff, volunteers, or individuals contracted to answer the hotline who have received training. The hotline is available 24-hours a day to all persons, including those who speak languages other than English and/or are Deaf or hard of hearing.
ESCADV operates a 16-bed facility for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and their children. Children and youth may accompany their non-offending parents to shelter regardless of their age or gender. The shelter is designed as a 30-day shelter, but guests may stay up to 6 months if necessary. The ESCADV shelter is ADA compliant and follows non-discrimination policies.
ESCADV provides information that addresses the effects of domestic violence on children and young people. Age appropriate materials and safety planning are provided. Children are referred to licensed clinicians for evaluation as appropriate. The staff works closely with parents in an empowering and supportive way, bringing to their attention needs and issues.
ESCADV provides resources and referrals to persons affected by domestic and/or sexual violence and makes referrals consistent with identification needs.
ESCADV provides a time sensitive assessment and response to immediate needs to persons experiencing sexual and/or domestic violence.
ESCADV assesses immediate physical and emotional safety needs with persons who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence, including children and other directly affected by the violence, and if needed, assists in developing individualized safety plans.
ESCADV provides emergency services, as requested, for persons who have experienced a sexual and/or domestic violence emergency. All staff members are trained Emergency Companions who will accompany clients to an emergency medical facility or law enforcement agency location.
Our Guiding Principles
The Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in May, 1983. Its beginnings were grassroots in nature and the result of local residents' concerns about domestic violence on the Eastern Shore. Initially, the organization's Board of Directors took turns hosting meetings in their homes. They raised funds from special events like bake sales, garage sales, and silent auctions.
Eventually, the organization met at Belle Haven Presbyterian Church. The all-volunteer Board of Directors began a hotline that ran 24-hours a day from a building (not the current building) on Market Street in Onancock. They each took turns sitting in this rental waiting for the phone to ring, and writing grants to help the cause to which they were dedicated. When funds were available, the Owl Motel was utilized to shelter survivors and their children. If funds were not available, survivors and their children were sheltered in various churches. Counselling came in the form of support and accompaniment.
When the Violence Against Women Act was passed in congress, state funding became available. The Board received a grant and The Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence finally had an office and employees. The Board members continued to be actively involved. Services to victims increased to include shelter (in motels), legal advocacy, prevention, and intervention services, as well as emergency transportation. In 1996 an emergency shelter was built with the capacity to shelter 16 individuals.
More recently, the organization has experienced a resurgence and new energy. The loss of a state grant in 2012 served as a catalyst for the Board to engage in an ambitious local fundraising campaign. The success of the campaign enabled ESCADV to pay off the mortgages on our shelter and office. Encouraged by the community's overwhelming support, the Board and staff have made a commitment to become a "best practice" organization that can effectively respond to the issues of domestic and sexual violence in our community. Values have been developed to guide all aspects of the organization's operation and an ambitious strategic plan is under development.