Local Advocate Receives National Award
Each April the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) offers the Visionary Voice award, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The award honors the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence.
Cari, the Sexual Assault Advocate for Hope Crisis Center, received one of the awards for 2013. She was nominated by the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition.
Cari has been an advocate with Hope Crisis Center (based in Fairbury) since 2007, and previously worked for The SAFE Center in Kearney. She has served as the Sexual Assault Advocate with Hope Crisis Center for the past three years. Cari provides direct services to victims and survivors of sexual violence, including intimate partner sexual violence. She also works with other service providers to enhance system responses to victims of violence. Cari has made strides in the development of collaborations in her community and provides holistic individual advocacy and support to victims.
The Coalition congratulates Cari on receiving this award. Michelle Miller, Sexual Violence Program Coordinator for the Coalition, presented the award to Cari during the Hope Crisis Center’s Put Your Foot Down to End Sexual Violence event on April 27, 2013.
Coalition Celebrates 35 Years!
The Coalition was Incorporated on December 28, 1977 as the Nebraska Task Force on Domestic Violence. In June 1986, the name was changed to Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition to reflect the dual nature of both the Coalition and the local programs. For the first ten years, the Coalition was a volunteer organization, with no paid staff and no office location. In 1987 the Coalition received funds from the Department of Social Services to open an office and hire a staff person (Sarah O’Shea, the Coalition’s first Executive Director).
The Coalition has remained constant in our focus to support local domestic violence and sexual assault programs in their work with survivors of abuse, provide quality trainings and materials, monitor public policy, and to work to one day end domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
As the Coalition’s vision statement expresses, “We envision a world where domestic violence and sexual assault are a distant memory and healthy relationships prosper.” Our work is not yet done, and we will continue to fight to end violence in our communities, in our nation, and across the globe.
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