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Lori Bunton - RVCC Primary Prevention Program


Diane Dotson
Lori Bunton
RVCC Primary Prevention
Education Coordinator
Lori Bunton, RVCC Primary Prevention/Education Coordinator, displays the newest W.H.O.© – “We Help Ourselves” – kit for use in elementary classroom presentations. The kit includes Heidi the Owl and other puppet characters featured in the program DVDs. The popular characters bring an age-appropriate message to students using evidence based curricula on how to prevent sexual assault and other violence. With a total of 4 W.H.O.© kits now, RVCC’s professional staff and Prevention Team volunteers provide hundreds of programs each year as at the request of local school districts.

RVCC began providing the programs in classrooms in 1987. Major support for RVCC’s W.H.O.©

Program is provided by Dodge Jones Foundation.





Tatum Woodson - Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist


Diane Dotson
Tatum Woodson M.Ed., LPC
Regional Victim Crisis Center (RVCC) is pleased to announce that Tatum Woodson, M.Ed., LPC, has been awarded certification as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. The TF-CBT certification requires completion of an intensive year-long training and testing program. According to the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. It is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques. Children and parents learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related traumatic life events; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication.

Mrs. Woodson has been with RVCC for more than three years providing professional counseling and victim advocacy services to child and adult victims of violent crimes, particularly victims of sexual violence. She received her Master’s Degree from Hardin-Simmons University. The TF-CBT certification was presented to Mrs. Woodson by West Penn Allegheny Health System and the CARES Institute.

RVCC assists victims and survivors of violent crime and works to prevent violence in our community. The agency operates a 24-hour victim crisis hotline: 325-677-7895.



Walk and Talk … About Sexual Violence in Our Community!


On the day before Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2014, about two dozen men bravely donned heels of various heights to show they are tough enough to accomplish a feat that many women master early in life.  Rep. Susan King, famous for her red high heels, coached the manly walkers before they started off on the early evening walk down Cypress Street. She advised keeping perfect posture, being aware of the pressure points of the feet on the soles of the shoes, and most importantly, King said, “If they’re painful, take them off.”

 

Regional Victim Crisis Center teamed up with Art Walk to present “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®” in downtown Abilene. The annual event draws attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every resident of Abilene. The local event is part of an international men’s event to stop sexual violence against both children and adults.




Diane Dotson Receives Lifetime Acheivement Award


Diane Dotson
Diane Dotson and
Annette Burrhus-Clay,
TAASA Executive Director
AUSTIN, TX – March 6, 2013 – During the awards ceremony at the 31st Annual Conference of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), Regional Victim Crisis Center (RVCC) Executive Director, D. Diane Dotson, was presented the Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award.

“What an absolute honor,” said Diane Dotson. “It is humbling to be recognized by your peers and those whom you admire.”

TAASA was founded on a simple principle: to assist sexual assault survivors and to create a Texas free from sexual violence. TAASA advocates for individual sexual assault survivors as well as sexual assault programs collectively Nominees for TAASA’s Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award must have a minimum of 10-years in the anti-sexual- assault movement and have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to ending sexual violence and providing support to survivors.

“We are pleased with the recognition of Diane,” said Sgt. Lynn Beard, President of the RVCC Board of Directors. “She is truly dedicated to the work of victim advocacy, counseling and violence prevention education. It’s nice to see her honored for her hard work.”

Ms. Dotson joined RVCC in 2003 as Outreach Coordinator and was named Executive Director in 2004. Within the last ten years, she has seen an increase of 344% increase in the number of victims served in the local area. “In 2002, we were serving 279 victims a year, in 2012 we served 1,238,” said Ms. Dotson. “Our local partnerships, collaboration and education programs have contributed to the number of people who know we can help them.”

Last year, the same statewide conference recognized local RVCC board member Shirley Glandon as ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ for her continuing dedication and service to victims of violent crime, in addition to her financial support for RVCC.

“TAASA’s recognition reinforces we are making a difference,” said Ms. Dotson.

More information can be found at www.regionalcrime.org or at www.taasa.org

With a mission of Assisting Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime and Working to Prevent Violence, the Regional Victim Crisis Center (RVCC) began as the Abilene Rape Crisis Center in 1977 as part of the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center. In 1997, the agency became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit agency serving victims of all types of violent crime, with the most frequent cases being child sexual assault and physical abuse, adult sexual assault, and adults molested as children. RVCC serves communities within Taylor, Callahan, Jones, Coleman, Shackelford, and Haskell Counties in Texas.




Victim Advocate Volunteer Reception


August 2012 -- Recognizing the dedication of our certified Victim Advocate Volunteers. Thank you to Taylor Electric Cooperative and H-E-B for sponsoring the party and recognition pins.

Bicycle Donation


Thank you to Abilene Police Department for donating bicycles 
to several child survivors who received help at RVCC!

Shirley Glandon - Volunteer of the Year!


Shirley Glandon, RVCC Board Member and a Volunteer Victim Advocate for 35 years, was honored at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) annual conference in San Antonio her continuing dedication and service to victims of violent crime, in addition to her financial support for RVCC.

See the presentation and Shirley's acceptance on YouTube.