Human Services

Shining Light in Darkness

Compassion, Hope, Advocacy & Integrity

aka Shining Light In Darkness

Durham, NC


Shining Light in Darkness (SLID) is the voice of victims and survivors. SLID mission is to provide holistic healing to meet the needs primarily of the under-served victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. SLID also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence, help survivors, increasing understanding of the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Florida DeVaul-Dudley

Main Address

PO Box 51248

Durham, NC 27717 USA

Formerly Known As

Shining Light In Darkness


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Victims' Services (P62)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. This affects nearly every family in the nation. Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Survivors of sexual assault often experience negative psychological and physical effects, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and self harm. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Survivors of domestic violence often experience physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. To give victims and survivors the support they deserve, SLID created different programs to target the whole person, focusing on holistic healing. Everyone’s experience is different and everyone heals differently.

Our programs

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Support Group

Give a Shining Smile Back (GASSB)

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

SLID is dedicated to providing holistic healing and services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, informing and educating communities about these issues, and providing programs to victims, survivors and their advocates. Also serving as a voice of sexual assault and domestic violence victims and survivors. Our programs focus on six populations: Women of Color, LGBTQIA+, Men (male victims & survivors), People with Disabilities, Veterans, and the general public. Our primary goals are to: - Provide comprehensive information and resources that support Women of Color, LGBTQIA+, Men (male victims & survivors), People with Disabilities, Veterans connecting individuals with our support services as well as services from other providers. - Increase awareness around the nature and extent of the issue, creating public dialogue to reduce and transform cultural stigma. - Expand the national safety net of services and resources available to Women of Color, LGBTQIA+, Men (male victims & survivors), People with Disabilities, Veterans and those who care about them training service providers and building partnerships with other anti-sexual assault and domestic violence organizations.

SLID will amplify awareness primarily through face to face conversation with key community leaders, community forum, focus groups, leveraging online, digital technology optimizing information and resources to be widely discoverable through search, generating further awareness through crafting compelling stories that explore the issue and communicate effective strategies toward achieving happy, healthy futures. SLID takes a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to developing programs and services that support victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their loved ones in all stages of recovery. SLID educates the public about sexual assault and domestic violence and works with the media and the entertainment industry to elevate sexual assault and domestic violence story-lines and reach millions of households across the country. SLID generate, grow and diversify financial resources to support short and long term goals.

SLID has a professional staff and board of directors committed to our mission. Many members of the staff/board have be indirectly or directly affected sexual assault and domestic violence. We partner with other anti-sexual assault and domestic violence organizations to sustain and grow various programs.

All of our program are data driven. We track progress through data collection and evaluations. We collect data for our core programs, including web visitors, monthly usage of our chat-based helpline and online support groups, and attendance at trainings and presentations. For our trainings, we also develop evidence-based, research-driven professional program evaluations to measure effectiveness of education, and we conduct pre and post-training assessments. In addition, we track our awareness efforts through engagement on social media and in the press.

Key Accomplishments - 150 victims of sexual assault were supported through our programs - 20 prevention activities reached 100 participants - 50 adult survivors of sexual assault benefited from counseling and supportive services -25 adult survivors of domestic violence benefited from counseling and supportive services - 10 survivors received individual counseling - 5,325 engagement leveraging digital media to raise greater awareness

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