Congratulations to our 2015 Purple Ribbon Award Winners!
Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate, Offutt Air Force Base Family Advocacy Program
As a survivor and now an Advocate, Jennifer Reynolds is an example of strength and hope for many others. For the past 4 years Jennifer has worked as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate at Offutt Air Force Base. She is part of a pilot project with the National DV/SA Hotline for military and their families and facilitated the startup of a women’s self-help group. She is currently working on a Military Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Conference scheduled for May 29th. For the last 5 years Jennifer has partnered with Julie Medina, Deputy Douglas County Attorney, on the program Speak Out educating more than 17,000 high school students about dating violence and the professional role. Jennifer is a member of the Heartland Family Services Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) and a contributing member of the Domestic Violence Council’s Community Response Team (CRT).
Founder and CEO, Generation Hope Counseling
Heather is an advocate for change. She knows firsthand the devastating effects that domestic violence has on the entire family. In 2011 her three children watched as their father brutally beat her, nearly taking her life. Heather understands that children deal with the trauma of witnessing domestic violence differently than adults and this impact can be seen in children too young to verbalize what they are feeling. Heather is a licensed therapist. She has a master's degree in Community Counseling as well as a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. She is the founder and CEO of Generation Hope Counseling with a primary focus on children affected by violence. Her mission is to break the cycle of violence through intervention, education, empowerment and treatment so that someday no child will go to bed with bruises on their body or fear in their heart. Heather advocates for changes in the “Good Time Law.” Each October Heather organizes an annual Domestic Violence and Courthouse Rally to honor survivors and remember those lost to domestic violence. She serves on the board of directors of Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition and is a past board member of the Domestic Violence Council.
Patricia Newman, PhD, Founder and Executive Director
RESPECT’s mission is to use community collaboration to build healthy relationships among children and youth through theatre. RESPECT began in 2000 with the sole purpose of educating youth about teen dating violence (TDV) and now includes all forms of relationship abuse. Students learn to problem solve unhealthy relationships through role play, providing an opportunity to practice new skills.