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Domestic violence group seeks volunteers

Domestic violence is a serious issue, and three women want to reinforce that — with the community’s help, that is.

Barbara Blywise, Janet Chance and Shelly David are the three current executive board members of Coordinated Community Response Against Domestic Violence, a group they started after participating in Victim Impact Panels, a court-ordered program where victims are allowed to freely tell their story while offenders listen.

The money raised at these panels — it’s $30 per person to attend — is given to the victims.

The Federal Way-based CCRADV aims to help victims beyond the impact panels. In their experience, victims so far have only been women. CCRADV selects victims who apply for their services and helps them with bills — and in some cases, just to get out of town and away from the violence.

Eventually though, the plan is for more.

“Our vision is for a one-stop shop,” Blywise said. “We would like to have an office that not only offered therapy but also offered legal counseling.”

But before that point, the group wants more members on its board, preferably a man to add some diversity to the group.

“The best candidate would be someone who understands grant writing, a man, and an attorney,” Blywise said.

Until that time comes, Blywise had some words of advice for women in an abusive relationships.

“Tell somebody,” Blywise said. “Many don’t want to tell their families, but get ahold of an advocate. Don’t wait until your children are abused as well.”

Contact Kyra Low: klow@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

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Coordinated Community Response Against Domestic Violence (CCRADV) promotes family peace in King and Pierce counties. This nonprofit organization is based in Federal Way and is always looking for volunteers and board members, especially male board members. To learn more, call (253) 929-1529 or e-mail ccradv@comcast.net.

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