RDVIC History      

Rape Information Services (RIS) was organized in 1973 and chartered in 1974 by a group of citizens concerned about the problem of sexual assault. At that time they began offering services to victims of sexual assault and doing educational programs to make the community aware of the problem. In 1976, RIS efforts played a key role in the passage of a new sexual assault statute to replace West Virginia's antiquated one.

As RIS became more visible, it began receiving calls from women living in violent relationships. Because of numerous calls from these victims, a program was developed in August 1977 to offer assistance to these women and their children. The community education program was also expanded to include domestic violence, and in 1978 the name of the agency was changed to Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center, Inc. (RDVIC) to let people know that assistance was now available for victims of both sexual assault and domestic violence. In November 1978 a temporary emergency shelter was opened. This rented facility provided office space for staff and a safe, supportive and cooperative environment for abused women and their children to work out problems, explore options, and make decisions about their future. In May 1984, RDVIC realized the dream of becoming a permanent part of the community through the purchase of property for shelter and office facilities.

RDVIC currently serves Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties with a wide range of services including emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, group and individual counseling, medical, legal, personal, and child advocacy, referrals, a volunteer program, and community education. RDVIC is often invited into public schools and local organizations to speak about bullying, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of people with disabilities, and our services. RDVIC participates in many community activities and groups, including Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Months, Domestic Violence Day at the Legislature, parades, health fairs and exhibits, local events, and much more. RDVIC works closely with many local, statewide, and national groups and organizations. We are a member of the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the United Way of Preston and Monongalia Counties, and we partner with West Virginia University's Center for Civic Engagement to work with students to complete service-learning projects. Our staff actively network with the Advocates of Color Network and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Committee as well as various multidisciplinary committees and groups across the state.

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