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This website is written, managed and maintained by AARDVARC.org, Inc. - a non-profit organization dedicated to combating family and relationship violence, sexual violence and child abuse. We are a 100% volunteer organization with an annual budget under $3,000. most of that budget goes towards hosting fees, internet access fees, and training to keep us up to date with the constant legal changes and challenges in the various areas we work to address.

The organization was formed in 1996 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001 (IRS ruling received in 2004) by former victims of relationship and family violence for the purposes of assisting others to find resources, receive guidance, and enjoy the support and empathy of others who have "been there, done that". We went from victims to advocates - leaving our abusive situations and going on to run battered women's shelters or to work as police officers, 911 dispatchers, victim advocates, or counselors.

This national-scope website evolved in response to the many requests we received, and continue to receive, from victims, families, and professional agencies seeking assistance. We've worked for, and been served by, the types of resources presented on this site. We hope our experiences on both sides of the fence will prove to be helpful to you, our visitors.





Board of Directors

President: Cindi Black. Cindi Black Grant Services, Florida.

Cindi semi-retired to Florida after 20 years of service in offender management and domestic violence, including serving as executive director of a domestic violence shelter and as Development Director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She currently provides contracted services in grant writing and program development for social service agencies and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Vice President: Annette Blackhart, Colorado.

Annette has been a long-time advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves. She founded KPC Kids Place - a crisis nursery providing non-punative services and counseling to families who, for a variety of reasons, have children at high risk to become victims of child abuse. Annette also has experience working with minors who have been incarcerated and are in need of transitional services to re-enter society once they become adults.

Secretary: Letitia Ward. Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida.

Tish serves as a civilian Security Specialist, specializing in security procedures, target hardening, safety planning, and behavioral and environmental crime prevention.

Treasurer: Mary Rose Cassavant. Jack Henry & Associates, Alabama.

Mary Rose worked her way to a Master's Degree in Counseling as a computer geek. She still works as a programmer analyst in the financial services industry.

Executive Director: Catherine NeSmith, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement

Catherine grew up in her family's non-profit management business until bitten by the law enforcement bug in 1994. She graduated from Troy University with concentrations in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology and has worked as a 911 dispatcher, Deputy Clerk of Court, and victim advocate at a domestic violence shelter. Catherine currently works as a Duty Officer with a Florida law enforcement agency. She serves as a member of one of Florida's 11 active Domestic Violence Fatality Review Boards.

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Last Updated: March 3, 2011