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Domestic Violence Safety Project

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The mission of the Domestic Violence Safety Project (DVSP) is to provide legal services to domestic violence victims and organize community outreach events to raise awareness about domestic violence issues.  Initiatives of the DVSP include the Domestic Violence Takedown Challenge and distributing safety brochures and legal pamphlets. 


The Domestic Violence Takedown Challenge


The Domestic Violence Takedown Challenge began in 2015 to bridge the gap between domestic violence victims and resources to end abusive relationships. 

The Domestic Violence Takedown Challenge is a two part presentation.  The first part of the event focuses on domestic violence resources.  By equipping family members and friends of domestic violence victims with information about legal and community resources to help domestic violence victims, they in turn become an initial resource to help their loved one take the steps toward a safe and lawful path to end the cycle of abuse. 


The second part of the event features a self-defense demonstration by qualified martial arts instructors.   By highlighting an activity, such as martial arts that may build a person’s confidence, the goal is to encourage a positive lifestyle change for domestic violence victims.


At the end of the two-part presentation, the audience is given various domestic violence resources and is challenged to engage in meaningful dialogue with family and friends.