Belles Against Violence: About Us

Our Staff

Connie Adams, M.S.W.

Director
Belles Against Violence Office

Connie Adams was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. During her undergraduate experience at Saint Mary’s College, she studied social work and justice education developing a passion for violence against women issues. She continued her education at George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her graduate studies focused on Outreach and Prevention in Intimate Partner Violence with a specialization in Management. She founded the Violence Against Women Outreach and Prevention Committee, a task force of the St. Louis Violence Against Women Network of St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to returning to Saint Mary’s College, Connie was employed as a development and administrative specialist by a small non-profit organization, Redevelopment Opportunities for Women, Inc. (ROW). Connie has experience in grant proposal writing and oversight, individual advocacy, community education, and workshop facilitation.

Our Partners


Coordinated Community Response Team


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Belles Against Violence Office Student Advisory Committee

The student advisory board serves as an essential component of the Violence Against Women Office. Student leaders commit to heightening awareness of relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking at Saint Mary’s. The Belles Against Violence Office Student Advisory Committee plans, executes, and evaluates events which not only increase the understanding and knowledge base of community members, but generate dialogue and hope.

Student Advisory Committee Members: Liz Burzynski, Emma Derheimer, Nikki Dohner, Galicia Guerrero, & Payton Moore

To learn more about the Student Advisory Committee or Programming Committees click here: Student Advisory Committee Application

Our Mission

To incorporate and reflect the Catholic Church’s faith and social teaching to increase the capacity of Saint Mary’s College to appropriately and effectively respond to violence against women in order to decrease the incidence and impact of violence against women as it impacts the College community.

Our Vision

To be recognized on local and national levels for our comprehensive and collaborative approach to eliminate violence against women through innovative programming and holistic direct service provision.

Our Approach and Purpose

Recognizing the significant and complex impact violence against women issues have on the lives of individuals and entire communities, Belles Against Violence Office has incorporated a four-pronged approach to address the issue.

° Advocacy – Professional support is offered to individuals directly and indirectly impacted by violence against women. An emphasis is placed on discussing options to empower the survivor.

° Education – Awareness is a critical element of change. Exhibits, presentations, and panels engage students, faculty, and staff  to actively invest in the movement to eliminate violence against women.

° Training – In order to fully address violence against women, the campus community must have a consistent and comprehensive approach . Sessions prepare faculty, staff, and student leaders to respond to the incidence and disclosure of violence and abuse.

° Collaboration – Recognizing the importance of partnerships to address social change, the College continues to engage community partners and internal offices. A Coordinated Community Response Team monitors and guides the progression of office activities.

Our Her-Story

As a pioneer in the education of women, Saint Mary’s College has consistently addressed issues particularly relevant to gender relations and equality. Despite the College’s low reporting rates, administrators recognized the prevalence of violence against women among the general public and responded.  In 2009, Saint Mary’s College applied for a grant through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Campus Grant Program. After being named a recipient in October of 2009, the College instituted an office the following spring to comprehensively address sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

Hours

Monday-Friday     9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other hours are available by appointment.

Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College
33 Holy Cross Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone Number

574-284-4081

Email Address

BellesAgainstViolence@saintmarys.edu

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