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HAVIN to recognize helpers at annual awards dinner

| Friday, March 30, 2001

KITTANNING - Several people in the community are being recognized by HAVIN for being the 'helping' part of 'Helping Abuse Victims In Need.'

HAVIN is a social services agency whose mission in the community is to increase public awareness of the incidence and implications of domestic violence and sexual assault and to provide direct service to victims.

The agency will honor four individuals as well as one organization at its annual recognition dinner April 25.

HAVIN will give awards to Trooper Joseph Murphy as the Pennsylvania state police officer of the year; Franklin 'Butch' Roofner as the Armstrong County law enforcement officer of the year; Patricia Carli, a special award for individual recognition; Anne Frederick as the HAVIN volunteer of the year; and the Leader Times as the community organization partner of the year.

The awards dinner will be the first major outing for HAVIN's newly appointed executive director, Jo Ellen Bowman who began her duties earlier this month.

'The awards are a small gesture that HAVIN staff and the Board of Directors can make toward showing our appreciation to the dedicated individuals who impact the lives of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,' said Bowman.

Bowman brings to HAVIN a wealth of social service experience. She was a case worker for six years with the Area Agency on Aging, a case worker with CYS for 10 years and worked as a family therapist with a local private family counseling service.

'My passion has always been to work with victims of domestic violence,' said Bowman. 'I'm excited about my new position.'

Bowman said she plans for HAVIN to collaborate with other area social service agencies and hopes to improve intervention time and delivery of the agency's services.

Darlene Walker, HAVIN outreach supervisor, said the awardees were all dedicated individuals.

Walker said of Murphy that he was an overwhelming selection by members of the Violence Against Women Task Force for his effort in making things better for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Murphy did major investigative work in a recent high-profile sexual assault case.

'He's most deserving,' said Walker. 'He did an excellent job.'

Walker said Roofner earned the agency's award for the work he does on his own time and for being a good source of information for other law enforcement officers in the county involving domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Carli, an administrative supervisor with the office of District Justice Jay Young, was selected for taking extra training in the issues that concern HAVIN and for her ability to talk and intervene with victims, said Walker.

'Patricia always goes out of her way to help,' said Walker.

Frederick, a long-time HAVIN counselor is retiring for health reasons and she is being honored for her many years of service.

'Anne is comforting, compassionate and any other nice adjectives you can think of,' said Walker.

Walker said the Leader Times was selected for an award for the newspaper's willingness to cover issues concerning abuse victims and for its editorial opinions that recognize the need to help those victims.

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