Visions of Women (VOW) currently operates in South Carolina as a nonprofit organization. VOW’s mission is to educate, support and lead to raise awareness towards domestic violence and promote healthy relationships.
VOW nonprofit raises awareness towards domestic violence and works to see improvement on college campuses and in the community by educating on the importance of healthy relationships. The founder, Dorlisa Adams, a native of South Carolina, founded VOW as a student group at Lander University in Greenwood SC after learning about domestic violence and sexual assault while studying sociology and simultaneously volunteering with the local shelter where she was exposed to the high rates of families experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence and other abuses.
VOW arose from Mrs. Adams experiences working in Domestic Violence shelters as well as the prevalence of unhealthy relationships and their negative impact on students in college. During her time at school, it became apparent that young women were not educated on advocating for themselves; had never had a healthy relationship modeled for them; nor were aware of the cycles of abuse or how to break them.
As such, Mrs. Adams developed a women’s group to provide a safe space for women to learn about and discuss healthy relationships, domestic violence, sexual assault, and their individual autonomy. This group expanded to become a major activist group on campus-spearheading educational campaigns and outreach on domestic violence, sexual assault, and services available in the community for those experiencing unhealthy relationships.
VOW garnered 501(c)(3) status and continues to serve on college campuses in South Carolina. The purpose of VOW being on college campuses is to continue to educate, support, and lead on campus and in the community by raising awareness towards domestic violence and keeping domestic violence a discussion so that all students feel safe and supported.
VOW has broadened their goal in the community off campus, by providing circle groups, mental health counseling services, teen healthy relationship talks, educational outreach, and launching donation drives to secure funds and in-kind donations for back to school supplies, food, hygiene products, professional clothing, educational costs, and more for survivors at schools, churches, community-based organizations, and shelters.
Specifically, VOW has worked with Break the Cycle, a national organization promoting healthy relationships; Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, a residential facility for children; Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence, an advocacy group for the eradication of hand guns; Toyian Legacy, a nonprofit to assist low income student athletes attend college; North Augusta Community Center for Teens; PLANE JANE, a group for young women on the Winthrop University Campus of Rock Hill, South Carolina; Meg’s House, a shelter for families escaping domestic violence; and SCCADVASA; South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.