Survivor Advocacy and Overcoming Barriers


Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan provides a multitude of specialized services for adult and child survivors of abuse and assault.  Recently the agency received encouraging words from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, (MDHHS) Division of Victim Services (DVS).

DVS provides one voice advocating for and responding to all victims of crime in Michigan. DVS funds programs that provide comprehensive services to Michigan crime victims, including compensation for injury, counseling, victim advocacy, such as WRCNM’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.   Victims of Crime act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) supports this funding.

In addition to providing direct services to survivors, the grant funding is also used to respond to the emotional, physical and safety needs of a victim, including shelter/housing services, criminal/civil justice system services and other crime victim compensation.

In a recent message to funding partners, Karen Porter, Director of Quality Assurance for MDHHS DVS said, “We hope that you feel the same level of pride and joy we have when you see the scope of work you’ve completed in the last year.  Your capacity to support and assist individuals who are faced with crimes is immense.  The dignity and respect with which you approach victims/survivors is heart-warming and affirming.  Please take a moment to reflect on all that you have done, are doing, and will continue to do for as long as necessary.  It is remarkable to see all of the barriers you’ve overcome and your steadfast presence in communities across the state.”

Pictured above, WRCNM staff members meet to discuss counseling, advocacy and other support services (from left) Pam Luce, Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator; Chris Krajewski, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Program Director; Kristian Coronado, Children’s Advocacy Center Forensic Coordinator; Gail Kloss, Executive Director; and Angie Linsenman, Counseling and Advocacy Program Director.