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October 6, 2010

October 5, 2010 - NNEDV honored four outstanding allies in the movement to end domestic violence. The awards were presented at the annual “Take A Stand” reception as part of recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Victor Rivas Rivers, NNEDV’s spokesperson, actor, athlete, author and activist, presented some of the awards and shared his compelling personal story of domestic violence.

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Id.) and U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-4-Wis.) received NNEDV’s Visionary Leadership Award for their longstanding support on Capitol Hill. Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation were honored with the Corporate Stewardship Award for setting an example for how corporations can help end domestic violence.  SafePlace and the MIJAS Program, a local domestic violence program in Olympia, Wash., received the Spirit of Advocacy Award for its innovative work to serve survivors of domestic violence.

“We congratulate and thank all of the honorees for taking a stand against domestic violence and supporting survivors,” said Sue Else, NNEDV’s president.  “The work of these individuals and organizations is truly making a difference in the lives of so many survivors of domestic violence.”  

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo R-Idaho

Sen. Crapo has made domestic violence a top priority in the U.S. Senate.  He staunchly protects and proposes to increase vital funding for the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act.  His track record shows that he is deeply committed to helping programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Sen. Crapo works closely with the Idaho Coalition Against Domestic Violence and regularly visits domestic violence shelters throughout Idaho. 

“Senator Crapo is a true ally in the U.S. Senate,” said Else.  “He understands the importance of ending domestic abuse, and his actions match his words. We are so grateful for Senator Crapo’s outstanding work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.”

US Representative Gwen Moore D-4-Wisc

Rep. Moore has been a devoted supporter of victims of domestic violence since joining the House of Representatives in 2004.  She introduced the bill to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which funds life-saving domestic violence shelters and programs.  The congresswoman has made increasing funding for the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act a top priority.  She also introduced a bill to improve services for victims of domestic and sexual violence receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. 

“Congresswoman Moore is an unwavering champion for survivors of domestic violence,” said Else. “She is one of our most vocal supporters and an exemplary member of Congress.  We thank Representative Moore for her visionary leadership.”

Karen Rogers The Mary Kay Foundation

Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation accepted the Corporate Stewardship Award.  Since 2003, The Mary Kay Foundation has partnered with NNEDV to provide critical support of its programs. The Foundation has contributed nearly $1 million to Amy’s Courage Fund, which goes directly to help survivors in the aftermath of escaping abuse. Each year, The Mary Kay Foundation also awards 150 grants of $20,000 each to local domestic violence programs totaling $3 million annually. 

“Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation are incredible partners in ending domestic violence,” said Else. “We are most fortunate for their generosity and support.  The resources that Mary Kay and The Mary Kay Foundation are providing are literally helping to save lives.” 

Cristina Labra SafePlace and the MIJAS Program

NNEDV’s Spirit of Advocacy Award this year went to SafePlace and the MIJAS Program, a domestic violence program in Olympia, Wash.  A group of Latina women opened a restaurant where survivors of domestic violence work and become empowered to live lives free from abuse.  The restaurant provides job training and experience to survivors taking steps to rebuild their lives.   

“SafePlace is really an amazing local program doing such innovative work,” said Else. “The spirit of advocacy is alive and well at SafePlace and the MIJAS Program.  This organization is helping survivors get back on their feet and live happier, safer lives.” 

More than 250 people gathered at NNEDV’s annual event last night to recognize the honorees and commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the event urged attendees to take a stand for survivors of domestic violence.  Guests were encouraged to wear festive footwear for the cause.