About Us

– Our Misson –

Voices Against Violence works towards the elimination of domestic and sexual violence and stalking through direct service, education, and systems change.

Our History

Voices has been providing services to survivors of domestic & sexual violence in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties since it was founded in 1980. The organization started as a team of community members dedicated to supporting victims, and soon after established itself as Women in Crisis in 1981. That organization grew into the Abuse and Rape Crisis center (under the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity), which supported survivors, trained volunteers, educated community members, and created policies & procedures. The organization flourished over the years, especially after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1995. In 2003, our emergency shelter (Laurie’s House) was established and we changed our name to Voices Against violence.

Our Philosophy

We understand that experiencing violence and reaching out for help is complicated and scary – we strive to support survivors through these difficult experiences.

At Voices, we use a survivor-centered approach; this means we support survivors to make the decisions they feel are best. We believe that everyone has strengths that can help them achieve their own goals around relationships, sexuality, and safety. We also meet survivors “where they’re at”, supporting them in their current situation and desires, and never judging based on the past.

Voices also works to promote systems change as a way to support survivors and end violence. Legal, medical, and social systems are important resources, but they can also hurt those who most need support. By bringing to light systemic oppression and violence, we hope to create a world that works for victims & survivors.

Voices 24 Hour Hotline


Domestic Violence Hotline


Sexual Violence Hotline


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