KCSDV Press Release - Johnson County DA Honored

Johnson County District Attorney Honored with Statewide Award

Coalition awards its Community Ally of the Year Award

Topeka, KS, 2/12/2015 – Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). Howe was awarded the honor during KCSDV’s 12th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets Awareness Day and Sunflower Safety Breakfast event in Topeka on February 12.

Since 1995, KCSDV has been recognizing outstanding advocates and allies who are working to enhance victim safety, to increase perpetrator accountability, and to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Kansas.

"Steve Howe is a leader and partner in our community to help stop domestic violence and meet the needs of victims and their children," said Janee’ Hanzlick, President and CEO of SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s domestic violence agency. SAFEHOME nominated Howe for the award.

Howe took office in 2008 and his leadership has resulted in significant cooperation with community partners in a new and innovative way. During Mr. Howe’s tenure, he has been successful in advocating for enhanced bond conditions for domestic violence offenders and in implementing a lethality assessment conducted on the scene of domestic violence calls by law enforcement officers across the county.

"This kind of ally to sexual and domestic violence work is exactly what this award is about," said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. "Mr. Howe’s leadership and partnership is what makes a community’s response to domestic violence most effective," said Grover.

"Because of Steve, Johnson County was the first county in Kansas to implement a collaborative Lethality Assessment Program to reduce domestic homicides. Most recently, Steve served as the Chair for SAFEHOME’s successful $3 million capital campaign to expand shelter, counseling and children’s services. Steve’s dedication to ending domestic violence is worthy of this recognition," said Hanzlick.

Other award winners at this year’s event included Ministry Against Domestic Violence in Great Bend for the other Community Ally of the Year Award; Angie Blumel from Kansas City for the Juliene Maska Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award; Karen Pyles from Kansas City for the Volunteer of the Year Award; and the Art Circles project of the Family Crisis Services, Inc. in Garden City for the Project of the Year Award.

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

 

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KCSDV Press Release - MOCSA Advocate and Volunteer Awarded

Kansas City Advocate, MOCSA Organization Volunteer Receive Statewide Awards

Topeka, KS, 2/12/2015 – A Kansas City advocate and a volunteer with an organization working on behalf of victims of sexual violence have been recognized by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). Angie Blumel, Director of Community Services at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), was presented with the Juliene Maska Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award, and Karen Pyles, a volunteer for MOCSA, was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Both awards were presented during KCSDV’s 12th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets Awareness Day and Sunflower Safety Breakfast event in Topeka on February 12. MOCSA, an organization serving victims of sexual violence in Johnson, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties, nominated Blumel and Pyles for the awards.

Since 1995, KCSDV has been recognizing outstanding advocates and allies who are working to enhance victim safety, to increase perpetrator accountability, and to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Kansas.

“We honor both Angie Blumel and Karen Pyles for their tireless efforts on behalf of victims of sexual violence,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “Their work is transformative and life-saving in so many ways.”

Blumel has worked on behalf of survivors of sexual violence for over ten years and her leadership is evident in managing MOCSA's 24-Hour Crisis Line program. In 2014, MOCSA staff and volunteers responded to 3,084 calls to the 24-Hour Crisis Line. “Ms. Blumel’s commitment to the field of sexual violence is unparalleled,” said Julie Donelon, President and CEO of MOCSA. “Over the past 5 years, Ms. Blumel has expertly managed a 58 percent increase in the number of hospital advocacy activations in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. This increase is a testament to her work in the community and her commitment to ensuring that all survivors of sexual violence receive compassionate, victim-centered services. Angie is not only an incredible manager but a skilled advocate for survivors. We are proud of all that Angie has accomplished and we look forward to her continued role in advancing the issue of sexual violence in our community,” said Donelon.

Pyles has been a volunteer with MOCSA for a number of years. Since 2013, Pyles has served as a hospital advocate, survivor speaker, and educator. In less than two years, Pyles accumulated almost 1,800 hours of volunteer service, serving on MOCSA’s Survivor Speaker’s Bureau, engaging with community members at education events, and providing hospital advocacy to survivors across the Kansas City metro area.

“Karen is a tireless advocate for survivors of sexual violence,” said Misty Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator for MOCSA. “She is well respected by her fellow volunteers, staff, and community, and exemplifies all the positive attributes of the anti-sexual violence movement; courage, empathy, and passion,” said Campbell. Pyles is dedicated to ensuring that every survivor has someone with them during the hospital sexual assault examination and that communities understand how to support and empower survivors of sexual violence.

“Volunteers like Karen are more valuable than gold,” said Grover. “So many lives are positively touched by this one woman – it’s breathtaking.”

Other award winners at this year’s event included Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, and Ministry Against Domestic Violence in Great Bend, for the Community Ally of the Year Awards; and the Art Circles project of Family Crisis Services, Inc. in Garden City for the Project of the Year Award.

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

 

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 12, 2015

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KCSDV Press Release - Great Bend Ministry Honored

Great Bend’s Ministry Against Domestic Violence honored with Statewide Award

Topeka, KS, 2/12/2015 – The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

The service group was awarded the honor during KCSDV’s 12th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets Awareness Day and Sunflower Safety Breakfast event in Topeka on February 12. Carol Dellinger and Sheila Hunt, members of the Ministry Against Domestic Violence, attended the event and accepted the award on the group’s behalf.

Since 1995, KCSDV has been recognizing outstanding advocates and allies who are working to enhance victim safety, to increase perpetrator accountability, and to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Kansas.

“I am so grateful for the work of the Ministry Against Domestic Violence,” said Laura Patzner, executive director of Family Crisis Center, Inc., the sexual and domestic violence advocacy program serving Barton, Rush, Ness, Pawnee, Stafford, Edwards, Pratt, Kiowa, Comanche, and Barber counties. “They formed to make a difference and have done just that; creating awareness, supporting services and standing with survivors,” said Patzner. Family Crisis Center nominated the Ministry Against Domestic Violence for the award.

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence was formed when Father Chuck Dahm came to Great Bend to talk about the church’s role in addressing domestic violence. A group came together and made a commitment to understand the needs and work to help survivors find safety and to create an educated and safe faith community to respond to survivors within their congregations. What started as a conversation four years ago has turned into numerous acts of service and a steady commitment to survivors in Great Bend.

“The Ministry Against Domestic Violence continues to support the Family Crisis Center, helping advocates provide life-saving services to victims. It is this type of community service organization that deserves the Community Ally of the Year Award,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV.

Other award winners at this year’s event included Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, for the other Community Ally of the Year Award; Angie Blumel of Kansas City for the Juliene Maska Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award; Karen Pyles from Kansas City for the Volunteer of the Year Award; and the Art Circles project of the Family Crisis Services, Inc. in Garden City for the Project of the Year Award.

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

 

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 12, 2015

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KCSDV Press Release - Family Crisis Services Honored

Family Crisis Services Honored with Statewide Award

Coalition awards its Project of the Year Award

Topeka, KS, 2/12/2015Family Crisis Services, Inc., the sexual and domestic violence advocacy program serving Finney, Kearney, Hamilton, Lane, Scott, Wichita, and Greeley counties, has received the Project of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

Family Crisis Services was awarded the honor during KCSDV’s 12th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets Awareness Day and Sunflower Safety Breakfast event in Topeka on February 12.

Since 1995, KCSDV has been recognizing outstanding advocates and allies who are working to enhance victim safety, to increase perpetrator accountability, and to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Kansas.

Family Crisis Services was honored with the statewide award for their Art Circles project. Art Circles allows survivors to express the emotions they are feeling through relaxation and creation of an art piece.

In 2014, Family Crisis Services worked to expand their services for sexual assault survivors. Through this process, resources beyond traditional counseling and services were developed to assist survivors in healing from the trauma they had endured as a result of the sexual violence they experienced and Art Circles was developed for adults and children. “This project has introduced a holistic approach to healing from the trauma of sexual violence,” said Janene Radke, executive director of Family Crisis Services. “It has also opened up new venues for collaborating with other agencies in our service area that we have not explored in the past,” said Radke.

The Art Circles project started with two groups a week, one for adults and one for children. Advocates are now facilitating four Art Circles groups a week and have expanded the children’s program to include children who have experienced sexual violence in foster care, schools, CASA, and juvenile detention.

“We are pleased to recognize this innovative project and the outstanding work of Family Crisis Services,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “They have been part of a project to expand sexual assault services to survivors in rural areas of Kansas and have done tremendous work in this area.”

Other award winners at this year’s event included Angie Blumel from Kansas City for the Juliene Maska Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award; Karen Pyles from Kansas City for the Volunteer of the Year Award; and Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, and Ministry Against Domestic Violence in Great Bend, for the Community Ally of the Year Awards.

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KCSDV Press Release - KCSDV Hosts Prevention Conference

KCSDV Hosts State’s First Primary Prevention Conference

Topeka, KS, 2/09/2015 – Don McPherson, member of the College Football Hall of Fame and activist, will be in Topeka on Tuesday to lead-off the state’s first conference on primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence. McPherson will speak to men’s role in preventing sexual and domestic violence. Also presenting at the conference is Jeffrey Bucholtz, Director of We End Violence and award winning instructor and public educator, who will address the importance of collaboration in prevention. Gayle Holmes Payne from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lay out the current state of national primary prevention efforts. McPherson, Bucholtz, and Holmes Payne are just three of many speakers at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence’s (KCSDV) conference titled “Reweaving our Social Fabric: Engaging to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence,” taking place at the Topeka Ramada Downtown Hotel and Conference Center on February 10 and 11.

Co-sponsored by Westar Energy, Schumaker Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and Dawn and Larry DeArmond, more than 200 people are registered to attend. The conference is part of the KCSDV’s 12th Annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets event.

“In order to truly end sexual and domestic violence, we have to include primary prevention in our work and look at ways to stop this violence before it occurs,” says Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “We’ve been addressing primary prevention in communities for years and this conference gives us the opportunity to take the conversation to a state level.”

Also among the conference presenters are Melissa Ruth, Clinical Psychologist, and Maria Villagomez Aguilera and Dalton Tiegs, both youth activists, with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Ruth, Villagomez Aguilera, and Tiegs will talk about engaging youth in social change and prevention.

The conference has three tracks: engaging men and boys, engaging schools and campuses, and engaging communities. In addition to the plenary sessions, participants can choose from more than 20 breakout sessions. “This conference is critical to moving the work forward,” says Grover. “Support for victims and survivors is still key to our work, but we must also push primary prevention forward if we are to change the attitudes and beliefs that allow violence against women and girls to continue. We are excited about these next steps.”

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

 

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 09, 2015

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