RICHMOND, VIRGINIA--Kristi VanAudenhove, Executive Director of the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance, has been named recipient of the 2014 Diane Reese Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement (D.R.E.A.M.) Award by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).
The DREAM Award honors excellence in advocacy in the domestic violence movement, and is presented to an individual each year who exhibits outstanding commitment to human dignity, social justice, and advocacy for ending domestic violence. The award is named posthumously for Diane Reese, a leader in the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 14 years, and champion for numerous statewide and national projects to improve services for battered women and their children.
For more than 25 years, VanAudenhove has led Virginia’s response to interpersonal violence; first leading a community domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocacy agency, then as Co-Director of the domestic violence coalition, next as Co-Director and later Executive Director of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance after the domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions joined in 2004.
“Kristi VanAudenhove has committed her life, personally and professionally, to advocating on behalf of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. Through her work, friendships, and family life, she has demonstrated the spirit and practice of true advocacy in all aspects of her life,” noted Angela Blount, Action Alliance Governing Body Facilitator.
Over the past decade, VanAudenhove has paved the way for Virginia to become a national leader in its primary prevention work, inspiring others through innovative programs and initiatives. She has provided guidance and leadership in developing age- and developmentally-appropriate services and prevention programming for youth that are models within and outside the Commonwealth. In addition, she currently leads the National Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Council Steering Committee.
“Kristi VanAudenhove is so immeasurably deserving of this national recognition,” said Blount, “On behalf of the Action Alliance Governing Body, staff, and membership, I can say that we are so thrilled.”
Ms. VanAudenhove will be presented with the DREAM Award at the 2014 National Network to End Domestic Violence Coalition Roundtable Conference in Portland, Oregon, October 22-23.
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About the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance The Action Alliance has been Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and domestic violence for 30 years and enhances
response and prevention efforts through training, public policy advocacy, public awareness programs, and technical assistance to professionals.