The SCV Domestic Violence Center board recently elected long-time community member Pamela Braly as its new president. The executive board also includes Kelly Bruno as vice-president, Rob Sterna as treasurer and Jorja Harris as board secretary.
Braly is replacing Gail Ortiz, a seven-year board member that has served on several fundraising committees benefitting the Center.
“The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley is a stronger Center today than it’s ever been. The leadership provided by caring community members, a professional executive director and a giving community have helped to bring about a successful Center that can effectively serve our communities needs,” said Ortiz. “The Center is in excellent hands with the new Board of Directors.”
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Over the next year, Braly plans to continue the services of the Center, including a well-received court advocacy, which is a partnership with the Zonta and Soroptimist organizations.
Braly says that they will be expanding teen violence prevention programs in the local high schools, as well as adding more outreach services in the community through a resource center that is located at the Center’s offices is also planned. The Center will soon be adding counseling for clients with combined domestic and substance abuse issues and hope to expand to a teen group as well.
This year, the Center introduced the innovative “Window Between Worlds” program which is a healing through art program. The summer school vacation has allowed this program to include groups for the children and teens.
The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley is the region’s only provider of bi-lingual crisis services for victims of domestic violence and their families. The Center, housed in Newhall, provides a 200-square mile area with the services of a 24-hour crisis hotline, outpatient counseling services and a shelter home in the area.