2017 Tigerpalooza Recipient: The Women's Resource Center
“We believe that women have the right to live in safety, to be treated with dignity, to make choices and to hope.” Our long-term goal is to reduce domestic violence (DV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking in our community by providing education, prevention, and emergency services.
Since 1975, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has helped women live better lives. Over the years we have redefined our goals to meet the changing needs of the community. In response to those needs the WRC Domestic Violence Shelter opened in 1980, and employs three full-time advocates and six part-time staff; the Rape Crisis Center opened in 2004, has two full-time advocates, one part-time advocate and four part-time staff; Satellite/Public Office opened in 2014, has two full-time advocates, one full-time counselor, and one part-time counselor; the Norman Investigations Center office opened in 2016, has one full-time advocate; in 2017 we added a full-time prevention/education advocate.
Gender based violence affects all of us and education is the first step toward prevention. We believe that information will make people more sensitive to the needs of victims of gender based violence, more willing to take a hard look at the causes of these crimes, and better able to find ways to prevent them.
Most of the phone calls we receive, each day give us insight into the lives of the women in our community, we have received an increased number of phone calls for male victim/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We have used this insight to expand our programs and services to include services to male victim/survivors. We are dedicated to the belief that women in our community deserve an organization that can offer practical solutions to their problems, celebrate their achievements and expand opportunities for the next generations.
We would like to expand our outreach, education and prevention to teens and adolescents. In the past year, the WRC added a fulltime prevention/education advocate to address those needs, but we want to do more. The funding would be used to do a needs assessment, a couple of focus groups which would include a tour of the rape crisis center, and the development of digital content specific to the needs identified by the focus groups. Currently the WRC webpage and social media focus mainly on adults with some limited information about teen dating violence. We would like to expand to include more information specific to teens and adolescents.