This year’s honorees were Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) and Caroline Bettinger-López, whose human rights legal work after the murders of Lenahan’s three young children in Castle Rock, Colo., strengthened protection order enforcement across the United States.
The Champions for Change Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions toward effective intervention and prevention of gender-based violence and who exemplify the vision and values of the Center on Domestic Violence.
The center also presented the inaugural Chris Bradford Awesomeness Award in honor of the alumnus who passed away last year. The award was presented to Erin Miller (MPA ’05), who serves as vice president of external programs and training at Rosie’s Place, a multi-service drop-in center for poor and homeless women in Boston.
“It was such a pleasure to highlight the brilliant and courageous work of Ms. Lenahan, Ms. Bettinger-López and Ms. Miller. Their tenacious efforts have enhanced the safety of domestic and sexual violence survivors across the globe in critical ways. We are so appreciative of the Denver community for joining us in celebrating these three women and the important ongoing work of the center.” – Barbara Paradiso, director, Center on Domestic Violence
Notable guests at the event included Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (MPA ’95) and Denver District Attorney Beth McCann. The awards presentation was followed by a live auction to support the center’s efforts to end domestic and sexual violence.
The Center on Domestic Violence is an academic, research and service Center housed within the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. For the past 18 years, the Center has prepared individuals, organizations and communities to effectively address gender-based violence. The mission of the Center on Domestic Violence is to end gender-based violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research, service and community collaboration.
Guest contributor: Toula Wellbrook, School of Public Affairs