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DOVES advocates recognized for outstanding service
October 28, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Lisa Peden (left) and Tabitha McCloud were honored recently by the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence for their work as advocates for those in abusive relationships.

Two staff members from the DOVES Program have been recognized for their “above and beyond” work in the areas of sexual, domestic and dating violence services and prevention.

Tabitha McCloud, client advocate for DOVES, received the Sexual Violence Advocate of the Year award and Community Outreach Educator Lisa Peden was presented with the Prevention Advocate of the Year award.

Each year, the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, representing 20 programs across the state, asks its members to nominate advocate members for outstanding service in their specific fields, such as domestic violence, community outreach, education services and others.

McCloud’s role as Client Advocate has her working directly with victims, providing support as they work on their healing. She’s put together a support group for parents whose children have been sexually abused. She also worked with West Nebraska Arts Center to organize the “Seeing Our Voices” art project.

Peden provides community outreach and education, speaking to community groups about the problem of domestic violence. Last summer she worked with high school students to put together a peer education program. Students write scripts and perform them to demonstrate the problem of dating and sexual violence among young people.

“The award was a surprise to me because I had no idea I’d been nominated,” McCloud said. “I was honored to have been selected for this award.”

Peden said she was also surprised to win her award. “I think about all the work we’re doing, but I also think about all the other people around the state that are doing amazing work. To be selected out of all the nominations is an honor.”

Peden added the DOVES program, which also provides emergency shelter for victims and children in domestic violence situations, is being proactive in the community. “We do a lot of innovate and important work to serve the community,” she said. “We want to do all we can to prevent sexual and domestic violence and make sure people are aware of the service we offer. We’re here and are actively working to improve our community and help survivors.”
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