Bobbie Bohen, Stevens Point, received the Courage Award as part of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse’s annual Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues at a ceremony in the State Capitol Wednesday, Oct. 8.
The Courage Award honors a survivor who has worked to educate and inspire the community on domestic abuse issues. Bohen, a Crisis Counselor at CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center in Stevens Point, received the award for using her experience as a survivor of domestic abuse to advocate for victims of domestic abuse and child abuse.
“Survivors play an especially critical role in the domestic abuse movement,” said Renee Schulz-Stangl of the Personal Development Center in Marshfield and Chairperson of the Council.
“Bobbie works tirelessly to educate her co-workers and her community about domestic violence from a victim’s perspective, and provides women with the strength and resources they need to speak up about their own abuse and to seek a better life. We are honored to be able to recognize such a strong survivor for her outstanding work.”
The Family Crisis Center provides a safe place to stay and supportive and legal advocacy service to domestic abuse victims and their children as well as short-term housing and intervention services to runaway youth. It serves clients from Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Adams and Wood counties.
“I was bruised, battered, terrified and most of all deeply, deeply ashamed. Being battered by your spouse is unbelievably demoralizing,” said Bohen. “Please support your local shelter through funding, activism, volunteerism, and donations. But most of all, talk about it in your communities and take away the shame. The Family Crisis Center saved my life. When you support the Family Crisis Center, you can save lives too.”
The annual Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues honor significant contributions in the fight against domestic violence. The Governor’s Council has given the annual Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues since 1991 in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse was created in the Department of Health and Social Services by statutory mandate in 1979. The Council consists of 13 members appointed for staggered three-year terms. The Council advises the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families and the legislature on matters of domestic abuse policy and funding. The Council also serves as a sounding board and resource for citizens of the state on domestic abuse issues.
CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been helping low-income people in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966.