Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center duo graduates from national program

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Two staffers from the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center graduated from the Advocacy Learning Center, a national program offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.

CVRCC executive director Karla Payne and director of victim services Heather Hodge graduated from the program, offered by Praxis International and Manavi in conjunction with the Office of Violence Against Women. The 18-month course focuses on strengthening engagement with survivors of violence, working to improve institutional responses to violence against women and involving the community in ending violence.

Participants traveled to three events and participated in a number of distance learning activities. Payne had the opportunity to make a site visit to Picture the Homeless in New York City.

The local non-profit was one of 16 programs nationwide chosen to participate in the program. They are now part of a network of 205 programs and 544 advocates who have also participated in the program.

According to a press release from the CVRCC, the Centers for Disease Control reported that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and one in three will be a victim of domestic violence.