The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center has become Empower Yolo. The name change is an effort to more effectively encompass the philosophy of service, comprehensive programs and geographical reach of services offered by the agency.
Empower Yolo will kick off its Yolo Campaign for Change on Wednesday. The 10-day awareness-raising effort is intended to be a communitywide engagement campaign, which encourages local business owners, service providers, residents and community members of Yolo County to join Empower Yolo in taking a stand against violence.
The campaign encourages supporters to take action and offers a variety of opportunities to get involved, which include “liking” Empower Yolo on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EmpowerYolo and sharing posts and updates, sponsoring the Yolo Campaign for Change, creating a fundraising page to support Empower Yolo’s Teen Education program, attending a community engagement training, scheduling an educational presentation and much more.
While the name of the agency has changed, Empower Yolo is still Yolo County’s primary victim service provider and violence prevention leader. Established in 1977, Empower Yolo is dedicated to the intervention, prevention and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County.
The name change resulted from an awareness of barriers the old name created for those seeking services. Many people think that domestic violence and sexual assault are just women’s issues, but Empower Yolo provides inclusive services to women, men and children who have been victimized by violence. The agency also offers a child abuse treatment program for children who have been victimized by violence, sexual abuse, neglect, school or community violence, or who have witnessed violence in their home.
“The name ‘Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center’ emphasizes what has happened, rather than the expansive solutions that Empower Yolo offers,” said Lynnette Irlmeier, Empower Yolo’s executive director.
To learn more, visit www.empoweryolo.org.