Statewide Sexual and Domestic Violence Coalition Recognizes Leaders and Innovators

Crystal Skeeter-Davis of Avalon Center honored with the Blue Ribbon Award

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (Action Alliance), Virginia's leading voice on sexual and intimate partner violence, announces Crystal Skeeter-Davis as one of 8 recipients of the 2017 Catalyst Awards. The Catalyst Awards recognize superior work across eight different categories, encompassing both sexual and domestic violence work, and apply to program staff, community leaders, volunteers, and allied professionals.

The group of honorees have been selected for their innovative and outstanding contributions to the field. "We are absolutely delighted to honor these individuals for their exceptional and inspiring work on behalf of survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and for their extraordinary contributions to the field of sexual and domestic violence," Action Alliance Executive Director Kristi VanAudenhove said.

Crystal Skeeter-Davis is being honored with the Blue Ribbon Award for working with children or adolescents who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence through the provision of direct client services. Crystal excels in Advocacy work by promoting empowerment which fosters healing.

Crystal's nominator for the Pioneer Award states, "Under her leadership, as the Program Director, Avalon Youth Services provided more than 600 children with advocacy, counseling, information or safety planning and services in the 2nd quarter of the grant year." Crystal has worked as an advocate for over 15 years in roles that support victims of sexual and domestic violence. Mrs. Skeeter-Davis works to instill a sense of hope in individuals who are striving to reach normalcy after surviving violence and abuse.

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