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The SPRING Project: Aiding Victim Services Professionals

THE SPRING PROJECT: Collaborative Partners
A Service Provider Resource, Interaction, and Networking Gateway

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (Washington). This coalition works to unite agencies engaged in the elimination of sexual violence through education, advocacy, victim services and social change and advises us on issues affecting these types of programs.

Pikes Peak Family Connections/KPC Kids Place (Crisis Nursery) (Colorado). This program provides a safe and supportive environment for children as well as a non-threatening, non-punitive resource for parents and caregivers. They provide information on the special needs of children exposed to domestic violence and family level intervention and counseling issues.

Women Helping Battered Women (Vermont). WHBW is a domestic violence shelter providing support, community education and legal advocacy for battered women. They inform us on issues related to shelter management and advocacy delivery.

University of Central Florida Victim Services Office (Florida). The UCF Victim Services Program is a member of the Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services, the Collegiate Victim Services Network of Florida, the National Organization for Victims of Crime, National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) the Central Florida Victim Services Coalition and the Orange County Domestic Violence Task force. This program is instrumental to ensuring our coverage of advocacy issues on college campuses.

Cindi Black Grant Services (Florida). Cindi has 18 years of experience in victim services and development work. She has served in multiple capacities including Executive Director of a battered women’s shelter, and Development Director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Cindi specializes in grant writing for non-profits in the human services field. She brings to the table considerable expertise in development, fundraising, and grants management and assists in identifying areas and topics related to human services funding.

Domestic Violence Initiatives for Women With Disabilities(Colorado). Founded in 1985, DVI helps disabled women and women with disabled children help themselves get out of violent situations. DVI co-wrote a manual with NCADV called "Open Mind Open Doors", a primer for agencies looking to make themselves accessible to women with disabilities. DVI helps us to tackle issues raised under the dual stress of disability and family violence and advises us on access issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

American Institute on Domestic Violence (Arizona). Executive Director Colleen Widell has 15 years experience working with criminal offenders, abused women and their children, and is the author of many books and articles about domestic violence spillover into the workplace, including “Dead Dollar$: The Corporate Cost of Domestic Violence.” Colleen and AIDV cover topics related to domestic violence in the workplace and the impact of victimization on the private sector.

Carol J. Sayer, LMFT, LPCC (Kentucky). C.J. has Supervisor Status as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She serves as the co-chair for the Kenton County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has worked as an advocate for child abuse prevention, domestic violence prevention, and the needs of special populations. C.J. advises us on therapy issues for professionals serving victims of family violence as well as providing special insight on the problems of family violence in military families.

Town of Elon Police Department (North Carolina). Elon is a rural town in Alamance County, North Carolina. As the town has seen a 462% increase in population since 1970 (Population: 6,800 in 2003), the increased need for law enforcement services has expanded as well, including the need for additional resources and training to combat violence against women. This agency participates by relating to us their experiences and challenges associated with serving victims of family violence and garnering community partnerships.