Sheila Wellstone was an advocate, organizer, and national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities. She believed that in order to end domestic and sexual violence, we must all educate, advocate, and organize to make it a national priority. She was instrumental in bringing diverse groups of people together to work toward a common goal. Her role in the initial passage of the Violence Against Women Act has been recognized by Senate leaders, and she and Paul worked together on bills to address issues of violence ranging from trafficking to sexual assault to children who witness violence in their homes.
The Sheila Wellstone Institute (SWI) continues her commitment to building power and engaging broad community support to ensure that ending violence against women and children is a national priority. SWI trains and convenes advocates, survivors, and witnesses of domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, campus violence, teen violence, men as victims, and children who witness violence and abuse. SWI works with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, policy shapers, and a wide range of community leaders and institutions to end the violence.
The Sheila Wellstone Institute has been active in helping keep the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) moving forward, as well as upholding Sheila’s tradition of an annual awards ceremony each fall honoring leaders in the movement to end domestic violence.
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