SDVA - Turning Fear Into Confidence

NOTE: Throughout this web site,
the names of clients and their dogs have
been changed, and the faces of clients have
been hidden, to protect their identities.

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Service Dogs for Victims of Assault

Welcome to the web site for Service Dogs of Victims of Assault (SDVA). It is the goal of SDVA to make this website a safe, informative place where you can learn about service dogs as a therapeutic aid for victims/survivors of assault who suffer from a disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

SDVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who have been assaulted, raped, stalked, or otherwise harmed physically or mentally. There are different ways that victims/survivors of trauma can be helped. The use of companion animals as a therapeutic aid has been well established in the professional literature as an effective method.

As you read these pages and learn about a few of the victims/survivors we have helped, we hope that you will be encouraged, knowing that there is hope for victims/survivors who want to turn fear into confidence.

SDVA is the Vision & Commitment of Sherri Goldstein, Founder and Director.

One person CAN make a difference.

Learn more about the service dog quilt fundraiser/scholarship.

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