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Empower Hour – November 2019 Newsletter

We’re sure you missed us in October, but we’ve kept very busy with client services, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the many events we hosted and attended!


  • Socks (new, please)
  • Scarves, warm hats, gloves
  • Full size hair conditioner (for all hair types) Cold / flu medication (adult and children) Tampons / pads

Note that we serve survivors of all shapes, ages, sizes, and genders when donating the above-needs. All donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at any one of our three locations in Berkeley, Jefferson, or Morgan County!


  • Berkeley County Victim Advocate and this year’s winner of our Staff Empowerment Award, Andrea and Prevention¬†Educator, Mary Katherine “MK” organized EPEC’s Candlelight Vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Morgan County’s community art project underway at their Domestic Violence Awareness Event, raising awareness about emotional abuse.
  • Our EPEC staff at this year’s annual Gala to raise funds to help us serve survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Stalking, and Dating Violence.


A SANE or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a registered nurse who has completed additional education and training to provide comprehensive healthcare to survivors of sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a medical emergency and, as such, is critical that medical professionals understand trauma and the impact it can have. The SANE ultimately provides culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and patient-specific evaluation and treatment. The SANE allows the patient to make informed decisions, remains unbiased, takes a “history,” not a “report” or “story,” and ultimately conducts the exam and provides appropriate medical care. SANEs are also prepared to testify in a criminal or civil trial as a fact or expert witness when necessary, and understand the ethical obligations of their testimony and the limitations as well.

This information on the role of SANE’s is from the Office of Victims of Crime’s “SANE Program Development & Operation Guide“.

Please join EPEC in recognizing our local Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE’s) at Berkeley, Jefferson, Winchester, and Meritus Medical Centers!

Forensic Nurses Week: November 11-15, 2019


EPEC’s trained victim advocates can accompany survivors to these exams 24/7 and provide an array of services. Among them, often includes providing clothing as SANE’s may ask for articles of clothing during evidence collection. We are in need of the following items to assemble Sexual Assault Survivor Bags for after the forensic exam:

  • Socks (new, please – all sizes)
  • Underwear (new, please – all sizes)
  • Comfortable clothing (t-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts)
  • Sports bras (all sizes)
  • Deodorant
  • Granola bars, reusable water bottles
  • Comforting items (fidget spinners/items, smooth stones, small blankets, slippers, etc.)


Are you or someone you know currently involved in an abusive relationship and need to talk? EPEC is here with comprehensive safety planning and local resources – you can reach an advocate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling our hotline: (304) 263-8292. All services are free and confidential.

Berkeley Co. Support Groups: Located @ Berkeley Co. location from 5:00pm – 6:30pm

  • Tuesday Nov. 19
  • Tuesday Dec. 3
  • Tuesday Dec. 17