Two CPN employees were honored at an awards ceremony at the Pottawatomie County Courthouse for their services to domestic violence victims in Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties.
Kimberly Willis, a case manager for the CPN Family Violence Program, and Officer Brittany Weatherford of the Citizen Potawatomi Police Department were both recognized by the Coordinated Community Response Team for their work over the past year.
Oklahoma State Senator Ron Sharp opened proceedings with remarks in the county courthouse’s Courtroom number 4. Following the presentation of the awards, attendees stepped outside to release 49 purple balloons to commemorate the state’s murder victims from last year.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and is intended to connect battered women advocates in an effort to end violence against women and children. Both Weatherford and Willis are part of the team at the CPN House of Hope. The tribe’s domestic violence prevention programs seeks to eliminate family violence by providing victims and the community with appropriate and effective services and programs. House of Hope assists all in need of support regardless of race, gender, age, sexuality or economic status. The only requirement is those seeking assistance must reside in Pottawatomie, Oklahoma or Cleveland counties.
To learn more about House of Hope and the CPN Domestic Violence Program, please visit their website or call 405-275-3176. For those in need of an advocate outside normal business hours, please call the CPN Police Department at 405-878-4818.