Bridges Executive Director Honored
Each year, the NH Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence honors an individual who has made an “outstanding commitment to collaborative multidisciplinary efforts to reduce domestic and sexual violence in New Hampshire.” This year The Honorable William D. Paine II Award recipient was Dawn L. Reams, M.Ed., longtime executive director of Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support.
Throughout Dawn's career, she has made significant contributions towards reducing violence. Dawn was key to the formation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for the Nashua area. The SANE program focuses on gathering the physical evidence as well as providing support to victims of assault. The SART team works to create a cohesive process between all professionals involved in a case, from medical staff to law enforcement. In addition to her duties at Bridges, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition.
Dawn has been at the helm of Bridges for 16 years. Bridges provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, stalking, and harassment. Services include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, court advocacy, support groups, education and outreach. In 2012, Bridges provided service to 2,990 victims and education programs to 6,000 students.
The Paine Award was presented by Sandra Matheson, director of Victim/Witness Services for the NH Attorney General, and in the presence of Betsy Paine, daughter of William D. Paine. During the award presentation, Dawn’s multidisciplinary efforts to reduce domestic and sexual violence in New Hampshire were described as “unparalleled”. Please join the Coalition in congratulating Dawn on this well-deserved award!