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Melbourne

Women's Center
1425 Aurora Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: 321- 242-3110
Counseling: 321-242-1526

Titusville

Women's Center
400 Julia St.
Titusville, FL 32796
Phone: 321 - 607-6811

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 321-607-6809
Congratulations

The Women's Center is proud to recognize and congratulate Ambika Ravindran for being an honoree of the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast for Women of Action on February20th 2016. Dr. Pat Manning, a Women's Center Guild member, had the pleasure of introducing her during this outstanding event. Ambika Ravindran is the founder of the Women's Center North Guild. She is a life partner of the Women's Center and an activist on behalf of the Space Coast Center for Mothers with Children, which assists homeless single mothers and their children throughout our community. Ambika is a supporter of the Brevard Schools Foundation and raised thousands of dollars for Supply Zone for Teachers. Her funding efforts helped to establish the Women's Center Ravindran Family Domestic Violence Safe House, which is named for her family. The Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care in Rockledge, the newest facility of its kind in our area, is the result of her work and investment.

We are truly blessed to have such an outstanding community philanthropist be honored for her generous works and giving heart.

Client Story

A 25 year old woman from Australia, Karen, came to Florida on a school visa. She was befriended by a male on social media and they began talking, which eventually lead to meeting in person. During their first encounter she was taken to a remote area where he threatened her at gun point. Terrified she complied to his sexual assault to avoid being killed. When he was done with her he dropped her off at a bus stop. She boarded the bus feeling hopeless and ashamed. When she got home, she attempted suicide. After multiple unsuccessful suicide attempts, she called the Women's Center, spoke with a volunteer and was encouraged to meet with an advocate.

During her meeting with the advocate she received information on sexual assault, creating a safety plan and sexual assault support groups. The advocate set her up for counseling with our victim therapist. She went to therapy for several weeks, and after working through feelings of guilt and shame Karen felt strong enough to report the assault to law enforcement.

Two months after her assault she realized she had become pregnant from the rape. The young woman decided to keep and raise her baby. Our advocate referred her to a local pregnancy center where she received the medical help and support she needed, all the while she continued her meetings with the Women's Center's advocate and therapist.

When Karen gave birth, a DNA sample was taken to assist in the capture of her assailant. The Women's Center made arrangements for her and her son to be in a safe place. She continues her counseling for dealing with her post traumatic stress and meets periodically with the victims advocate. Through the generous donations of our supporters, the Women's Center is able to give her diapers, gift cards, baby items, formula, food, personal items, and clothing from the Furniture and More Thrift Store. Karen is extremely grateful for all the help she received when she needed it the most.

News

Upcoming Event

The Women's Center will be hosting "The Essence of Spring" a special Mother's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on Friday, May 6, 2016. The event will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The luncheon will feature guest speaker, Dr. Jenny Gessler, PhD, Director of the Women's Center, who will be accompanied by a client during the presentation.

Pre-Events

La Moda will be holding a "Shop for a Cause" event at their retail location, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 and Mica and Molly's will also participate at their location on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The pre-sale events will include an evening of wine, snacks and cheese, a special raffle gift and 10% of all sales will be donated to the Women's Center.

The public is welcome. Luncheon tickets cost $55.00 each and reservations can be made on our website, just
Click Here, or by e-mailing cemurtha@aol.com.

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New Programs

The Green Dot Strategy

The Green Dot Strategy is a partnership with The Women's Center, The Florida Department of Health and Eastern Florida State College. The Green Dot Strategy is a set of bystander interventions aimed at educating individuals to recognize high risk situations that may result in sexual violence. The goal is to teach bystanders skills to assess situations and speak up in a safe and effective manner. These skills will be taught in a series of focus groups, face-to-face meetings, overview speeches and bystander trainings at all four Brevard County of Eastern Florida State College.

Lori Sutherland is the Green Dot Strategy Coordinator and Jenny Crespo will be assisting as Green Dot Strategy Facilitator.

A Green Dot is a small moment when someone makes the choice to use their words or behaviors to stop a red dot, a single choice someone makes to use his or her words, choices, actions or behaviors to hurt someone else. What's your Green Dot?


HAPPINESS LAB:
Workout Your Brain in a Positive Way

A Positive Psychology Psychoeducation Group

Location: Women's Center
1425 Aurora Rd. Melbourne, FL 32935

When: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

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Furniture and More Thrift Store

Come Visit Our
Furniture and More Thrift Store

2939 W New Haven Ave
West Melbourne, FL 32904
321-951-1336

Tax Time Fundraiser
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Thank You!

Molly Maid
Michael Chapman, Owner
321-433-3395
1996 S US Hwy 1
Rockledge, FL. 32955
www.mollymaid.com

Thank You Molly Maid

Thank you Molly Maid for the tremendous job you did for our center in Titusville. We would like to personally thank the owner, Michael Chapman, and his team from the Rockledge office, for their generous gift. Not only can our clients find a safe and supportive place to receive services but a clean one as well. Thank you for blessing us with the amazing service, we are truly grateful.


Thank You Madhatters Club

The Madhatters Ladies Club out at The Great Outdoors had a fundraising event and donated 10% of their proceeds to benefit the clients of the Women's Center. Jennifer C. Guarino, M.A., LMHC, QS, Director of Titusville Services accepted and spoke on behalf of the Women's Center at their luncheon. The Madhattered donated $300 to the Women's Center and we are beyond grateful!


Thank you Lauren's Kids and Loyal Brevard Supporters & Walkers!!

Thank you to everyone who joined us as we walked to unite survivors, educate the community and advocated for prevention & legislative changes for adults & child survivors of sexual assault.

We were accompanied by volunteers, staff, families, victims, survivors and local agencies, all walking to support this cause. Together we can make a difference!

2016 Partners
Philanthropists Joanne Miller, Parrish Medical Center
Change Makers MaryAnn Kirkup
Leader Christine Sylvester
Trendsetters Henry Family Foundation, Inc., Tucker Mitnik, P.A.
Trailblazers Rosemary P. Bain, Barbara Y. Baird, Jennifer H. Brady, Harry & Wendy Brandon, Bill & Stephanie Brown, Al & Becky Dukes, Judy B. Healy, H.H. Peterson and H.G. Crockey Peterson Foundation, David & Irene Hallquist, Life's Oasis Church, Margaret M. LoZito, Debbie Pelham, Fride Phelps, Virginia E. Pierson, Kay Rettich, Catherine Spencer, Heather Studley, Barbara C. Wall-Scanlon
2015 Partners
Change Makers DRS
Leaders Coastal Directory Company, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, Parrish Medical Center
Trendsetters Palmer Collins, Christine Lance, Roub Family Foundation
Trailblazers Alarm Specialists, Barbara Y. Baird, Dr. Richard & Carolyn Baney, Jennifer H. Brady, Harry & Wendy Brandon, Bill & Stephanie Brown, Scott & Teresa Burcham, Peter Burris-Meyer, Community Foundation for Brevard, Al & Becky Dukes, Friendship Fellowship at Pineda, Elaina Garvin, H.H. Peterson and H.G. Crockey Peterson Foundation, David & Irene Hallquist, Harris Foundation, John T. and Martha A. Hartley Foundation, Henry Family Foundation, P F S FOUNDATION, Dr. Patricia Manning, Debbie Pelham, Fride Phelps, Kay Rettich, Catherine Spencer, Mary Ann Sperando, Christine Sylvester, Bill & Lisa Troner, Barbara C. Wall, Prudential Sterling Properties

DID YOU KNOW...That some companies match their employee's charitable contributions up to a certain amount? Check with your employer today & find out if they're a MATCH!

Donors who support the Women's Center with gifts of $1,000 to our Partner Program or more annually are recognized as Women's Center Partners and receive exclusive Partner benefits. Contact Jenn Gould at (321) 242-3110, ext. 2125. Click Here to learn more.

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Women's Center
1425 Aurora Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Main line: 321-242-3110
Counseling: 321-242-1526
Women's Center, North
400 Julia Street
Titusville, FL 32796
321-607-6811
Women's Center
Furniture & More Store

2939 W New Haven Ave
West Melbourne, FL 32904
321-951-1336
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 321-607-6809