Ethics & Guidelines

Every group, subculture or community has its own internal rules or definitions (or guidelines) which help to define it or set itself apart so that it can be recognized from other groups.

Community Definitions:

There have been numerous attempts to define what our community is over the years, but the one adopted by the SAVA is The Vampi(y)re Declaration of Community, released on January 18, 2011.

Ethics and guidelines:

In the broader Vampi(y)re Community, there are diverse guidelines and community laws – from innumerable versions of the Black Veil which have done the rounds (even in Afrikaans!) and in almost every other conceivable language, to various other guidelines and House rules unique to individual groups.

In South Africa the most well-known of these is the Black Veil, although it does not really fit our circumstances here very well, and so a new set of guidelines was developed by House Valur, called The Totum Lex Vampyrica (TLV), which became available in 2010 and has been translated into Spanish and is even in use in India!

The Donor Bill Of Rights by Belfazaar Ashantison was adopted by the SAVA to represent the interests of Donor safety, appreciation, consideration and safe ethical practice within the SAVA.

For example, it is considered unethical to encourage or to promote behavior which is illegal (i.e. use of narcotics) or leads to harmful or abusive behavior. Among other things, these guidelines attempt to define abuses and harmful behavior and to provide solutions to both prevent and deal with these if or when they occur. For the most part, it is implied that when significant harm is intended in the actions (or inactions) of one participating individual, that they no longer be allowed to participate in the community, or that legal actions be considered as a way to restore the balance.

Other conventions and resolutions which the SAVA supports, is signatory to, or are SAVA policy:

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