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Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC)

Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) is the result of a merger between the Domestic Violence Center and Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse. DVCAC has 40 years of history leading the community in responding to victims of domestic violence and child abuse and working to break the cycle of abuse via prevention, intervention, and community education. Our model is grounded in self-determination, and operates with a strength-based and empowerment philosophy while incorporating best practices and evidenced-based strategies. As best-practices have emerged in the field, DVCAC has moved toward a model of a comprehensive approach of providing leadership to create responsive systems, offering an array of services and programs, and addressing the need for primary prevention.The agency is dedicated to healthy relationships and provides a continuum of services for persons of all ages who have been victims of, or are at risk of being victims of, domestic violence, child abuse, or other family or relationship violence. It is the only organization in Cuyahoga County devoted solely to the issue of domestic violence and child abuse. The agency reaches over 37,000 men, women and children annually. Today, DVCAC is being held up as a national model specifically for the integration of the children’s program and domestic violence programming which empowers adult victims. The mission of Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center is to empower individuals, educate the community and advocate for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse. Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center envisions a community in which all people enjoy lives free from violence and abuse and feel safe and secure in their relationships


Jennifer Johnson, Director, Canopy Child Advocacy Center


Melissa Graves, Chief Executive Officer, Canopy Child Advocacy Center


Pilot Partner: Kristi Westphaln