Wilmington Department of Police Victim Services Coordinator Stephanie Hamilton Receives Award
Posted on 10/25/2012 10:40 pm
Today the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence honored Stephanie Hamilton, Victim Services Coordinator for the Wilmington Department of Police, at The Purple Ribbon Event held at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. Stephanie was presented with the 2012 Spirit of Advocacy Award which honors those whose work with domestic violence victims is infused with the core principles of empowerment advocacy.
Stephanie has served the citizens of Wilmington for the past ten years as the Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Wilmington Department of Police. She recently transitioned to the role of Victim Services Coordinator but remains a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence in her role as Chair of the Delaware Victims’ Rights Task Force.
An excerpt from Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence literature states, “Stephanie Hamilton has been engaged in domestic violence advocacy for over 15 years and is committed to empowering victims and service providers alike…she has led advocacy efforts, improved coordinated community responses, and created infrastructure to improve and sustain DVRTF efforts including creating a website, an annual 5K, the Victim’s Tribute, and a Day of Remembrance. Stephanie has worked in Delaware domestic violence shelters and currently works part time as a therapist for SOAR Inc., working primarily in the prison system with survivors of sexual abuse.”
The Wilmington Department of Police congratulates Stephanie Hamilton for the well-deserved recognition of her tireless effort to support and advocate for victims of domestic violence.
United States Senator Chris Coons was also honored at this event with the Vision of Peace Award for demonstrating leadership and sustained commitment in his efforts to end domestic violence.
The Wilmington Department of Police would also like to remind the citizens of Wilmington that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need assistance contact (302) 576-3648 during normal business hours. For 24 hour assistance contact the domestic violence hotline at (302) 762-6110. In emergencies always dial 911.
If you suspect that someone you know is a victim of domestic violence:
- Do not ignore it.
- Talk to them; let them know that you are aware of the situation.
- Be a good listener, let them express the hurt, anger, and fear.
- Do not judge them.
- If possible, offer them a safe place to stay, transportation, or childcare.
- Encourage them to make their own decisions, even if you do not agree with them.
- Hold the abuser accountable for his/her actions.
- Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for further resources and assistance.
- In emergencies always dial 911.