About Us

Who We Are

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is the leading voice to end intimate partner violence in Iowa. Through our network of 22 statewide victim service programs, we provide comprehensive pre-and post-crisis response services to anyone who has been a victim of violence – before, during, and after.


Our services and programming include:

  • Academic scholarship opportunities

  • Advocacy training and consultation/technical assistance to member programs, community, and statewide partners

  • Coordination of statewide multi-disciplinary efforts to respond to victims of violence

  • Direct support and personal advocacy to survivors of intimate partner violence

  • Emergency shelter

  • Financial empowerment courses

  • Identifying and developing services to respond to underserved communities

  • Legal assistance

  • Policy and advocacy change at the local, state, and national level

We take a survivor-centered approach to victim services and believe community-based agencies and interventions, healthcare, educational and government systems should work together, centering the voices and experiences of those most vulnerable in our communities to enhance safety for survivors and their families. When that happens, everyone has the ability to reach their full potential, thrive and live a life free from violence.

Our Principle

We recognize and celebrate the interconnectedness of all life and focus on solutions that reduce or eliminate harm to our global environment.

Our Mission

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks to engage all people in a movement to change the social and political systems that perpetuate violence. We do this through education, advocacy and quality services.

Our Values

Beloved Community

  • We believe relationships are everything.

  • We believe that transparency and love create a foundation for growth, support and trust.


  • We believe access, opportunity, and self-determination are basic human rights.


  • We honor the diversity of people’s identities and experiences.

  • We believe centering the leadership and needs of people who have been the most marginalized makes us
    all stronger.

  • We believe intersectionality influences patterns of oppression.


  • We believe in radical change.

  • We believe that movement building and organizing with a multi-faceted, anti-racist framework will cultivate power to create liberation.


  • We believe in the necessity to acknowledge and repair harm.

  • We believe that transformative justice is rooted in whole community involvement and accountability and the creation of space for healing.