The life of a survivor is complex; it is multi-dimensional. Each survivor has an individual story that can’t be explained by another victim’s story. And yet, the commonalities of domestic violence survivors is a movement. In the work that we do, in the community that we live, we want to be active in fighting domestic violence. We do not tolerate this violence within intimate relationships and so we want to take that one action that will stop the violence, protect the victims and end the cycle. Unfortunately, we do not know what that one action is that we need to take.
Here at the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC, Inc.) we are proud of the work we do serving victims of domestic violence and child witnesses. We know that we have been the support that someone needs that saves a life, or the information needed that moves someone toward change, or the empathy needed to feel validated and be put on a path to recovery. Our services are awesome! But, how do we impact all victims of domestic violence. The complex and multidimensional lives need more than just our services. Prevention efforts and recovery efforts need more than what we can offer. Victims of domestic violence don’t just need victim services they need significant change in our community that opens doors to all the resources they need and changes the normalization of violence in relationships.
We’ve had multiple conversations about this at every level in our organization this year. We are ever thankful for our partner organizations that work on multiple issues, which all increase the community of support for victims of domestic violence. And, we felt a need to honor those individuals who through their professional or volunteer work are leaders in change for our community. The work that they do may or may not be recognized as a domestic violence service, but it truly offers a space for the prevention and recovery of domestic violence.
This year, at our annual Leadership Luncheon, we will be honoring six individuals who have made a significant contribution to human rights and change. These individuals have taken on leadership in their area that is deserving of recognition for its individual work, but also because it contributes to creating a better space for the complex, multi-dimensional lives and needs of domestic violence victims.
Please join me in recognizing the 2018 DVRC Community Leadership Awardees:
Robin Brule, Nusenda Credit Union
Debbie Johnson, Tenderlove Abq
Laurie Magovern, TedXABQ
Christopher Ramirez, Together for Brothers
Andrew Valencia, Brown and Brown Insurance
Sherri Wells, NM Museum of Natural History