About CADV

The CADV is a non-profit organization with charitable status. It was formed in 1988 by Diana Mahabir Wyatt, the then Chair of The Shelter for Battered Women and Children in Port of Spain, and Radhica Saith, President of the Halfway Home for Battered Women, to bring together those persons and organizations in Trinidad and Tobago that were working to eradicate domestic and other forms of gender-based violence.

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The CADV is a non-profit organization with charitable status. It was formed in 1988 by Diana Mahabir Wyatt, the then Chair of The Shelter for Battered Women and Children in Port of Spain, and Radhica Saith, President of the Halfway Home for Battered Women, to bring together those persons and organizations in Trinidad and Tobago that were working to eradicate domestic and other forms of gender-based violence. CADV is made up of organizations and individuals involved in providing support services for persons affected by domestic violence. These services include counselling, legal advice and referrals for protection. We are committed to advocating for responses and policies that protect against and prevent all forms of domestic violence. The Coalition receives funding from private individuals, the corporate sector, philanthropic organizations and international organizations in order to deliver its programmes. Since 1988, we have undertaken the following:
  • Lobbying & advocacy for human rights issues
  • Victim support especially through counselling
  • Research
  • Public education
  • Educational aid to victims of domestic and gender-based violence
  • Witness support and legal aid
  • Prevention programmes
Specific projects have included the Children's Educational Assistance Fund, and in 2020 implementation of the Victim/ Witness Support Programme, and a collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) on "Education for Empathy & Equality". The Coalition Against Domestic Violence works with the police, relevant ministries of government, and with other NGOs to achieve the goal of changing our culture to one of peace and security.
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Coalition against Domestic Violence is to lead a coordinated and effective response to domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago. We will accomplish our mission through:
  • Expanding our capacity to deliver survivor-oriented quality service
  • Developing and advocating policy and practice that considers the diverse needs of victims and survivors
  • Strengthening our impact through forging valued partnerships
  • Seeking and promoting innovative approaches to positive social change

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