Established in 1971 by pioneering feminist activists, Peace Over Violence is a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center headquartered in Los Angeles and dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.
One of the first agencies of its kind in the country, POV has been committed to social service, social change and social justice for 46 years. POV’s innovative programs are comprehensive and include Emergency, Intervention, Prevention, Education and Advocacy services. Begun as a grassroots rape crisis center in 1971, Peace Over Violence was granted 501(c)3 status in 1976 under its original name, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW). The scope of the organization quickly expanded to encompass both sexual assault and domestic violence services.
Over the years the organization has continued to grow, especially through the addition of innovative, "population-specific" projects such as Latina Services; Deaf, Disabled and Elder Services; and In Touch With Teens that provide sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention programming to underserved groups. As a response to that growing range of programs, LACAAW changed its name to Peace Over Violence in October 2006.
The organization's mission is to build healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. Its guiding principles–empowerment, education and advocacy–steer the direction of programming. Currently, staff, volunteers and the board of directors provide services for approximately 22,000 clients a year. Services are delivered from two locations (Metropolitan LA, West San Gabriel Valley) to a diverse population in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Program services focus upon both prevention and intervention.
• Prevention program services include self-defense workshops, violence prevention media campaigns, publication and distribution of informational materials and brochures, school-based teen dating violence prevention curricula and community-based seminars and presentations.
• Intervention services include the 24-hour Rape and Battering Hotline, case management, sexual assault response teams (SART) and domestic assault response teams (DART), counseling services, financial literacy education and the Legal Advocacy Program (LAP).