Every year in October, the CVTC (Crime Victims Treatment Center) trains new advocates to respond to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Emergency Rooms at St. Lukes and Roosevelt Hospitals. Simply completing the training is an accomplishment in and of itself. It is incredibly intensive, not just in terms of the long hours spent absorbing an enormous amount of new information, but because of the mental and emotional capacity and strength required to make personal adjustments in order to strive to reach a place where you can completely and selflessly set yourself aside to fully be there for someone who needs you.
And that's just the training.
The next milestone is when an advocate has completed the requirements to become fully certified, which entails (among other things) hours spent in emergency rooms providing any and all aid, information, support and comfort that they can to survivors of traumatic events.
If you are not familiar with the work of the CVTC, I strongly encourage you to check them out. They do so much more than just this incredibly important work, providing free services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of violence and crime, as well as their SAFE program. If you would like more information about the requirements for volunteering, and when training takes place, please see this page.
Robin Sokoloff of Loft 227 opened her doors to the CVTC and provided the beautiful space. And I think that was really cool of her.
Please note that there are two albums:
Please do not remove the watermark. The only exception is if you need to crop it for Facebook use. If this is the case, please link photo credit in the photo description on EACH photo on Facebook back to https://www.facebook.com/photography.david.stewart so that if someone likes what they see they know where to find me. Please note this holds true even if you elect to use one of these pictures as your profile picture - Facebook essentially creates another copy on your profile, breaking that link.
The Crime Victims Treatment Center will be issued versions without watermarks and can use them for any purpose that benefits the CVTC or the work that they do.