Tampa, Florida, 4/15/16 – The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay announced today that its Lead Victim Advocate, Amanda Brennan, was presented with a 2016 Distinguished Victim Service Award by Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi. The award is presented to victim advocates and law enforcement officers for their outstanding work assisting victims of crime.
Attorney General Bondi presented the awards at an annual ceremony commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at the Florida State Capitol. This year’s theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—reminds Floridians and the nation of the significant progress made in recognizing victims’ rights and emphasizes the need to expand the reach to marginalized, isolated and other victims who are less likely to seek services on their own.
Amanda Brennan has worked with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for over 3 years. She started with the organization as a Crisis Specialist in the 2-1-1 Contact Center and later joined the Sexual Assault Services team as a Victim Advocate. In 2015, she was promoted to Lead Victim Advocate. In her current role, she works directly with sexual assault survivors, manages 25 volunteer advocates, and participates in community outreach and violence prevention education.
Brennan also serves as Chairperson of the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay, a local coalition of agencies and individuals committed to ending sexual violence. The Task Force is currently organizing the 2016 Take Back The Night event on Saturday, April 30th at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg.
“We’re honored that Attorney General Bondi has recognized Amanda for her work with sexual assault survivors. We have an amazing team of advocates, nurse examiners, and therapists at the Crisis Center who work tirelessly to ensure that survivors don’t have to face crisis alone,” said Clara Reynolds, President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
“Through today’s award recipients and their distinguished service, we can see how a special group of victim advocates and law enforcement officers can truly be life changing for crime victims, as well as empower victims to become survivors,” said Attorney General Bondi.
About Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
The mission of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. The organization is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to over 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence based programs designed to meet community needs:
• 2-1-1 Contact Center (suicide prevention, crisis counseling and information and referral services)
• Community Outreach and Training (community response and training)
• Corbett Trauma Center (individual, family and group trauma counseling and research)
• Family Stabilization (financial education and case management for working families)
• Sexual Assault Services (forensic exams, advocacy, empowerment and prevention services)
• TransCare (9-1-1 emergency and mental health ambulance services, medical van transportation)
For more information regarding the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, please visit www.crisiscenter.com
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