March news & updates


Choose Respect Social Media Challenge all month | Learn More

Women's History Month all month | Learn More

Violence Prevention Workshop

Tuesday, March 5, 3-5pm | Register Here

Training Active Bystanders

Monday, March 11, 9:30am-12:30pm | Learn More

Choose Respect March

Wednesday, March 27,12-1pm | Contact Us for more information

KWRCC Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, March 26 at 6pm Guests Are Welcome | Contact Us to attend

Kodiak Chooses Respect

When I say "Kodiak Chooses Respect," I think about a Kodiak where everyone treats each other with the dignity and respect we all deserve as human beings. I think about a Kodiak that doesn't tolerate violence or abuse, a Kodiak where if someone is being hurt, people can step in and help them. I think about a Kodiak where people feel safe and know how to find support when they need it.

Healthy communities, like healthy relationships, are built on respect. We all want to be part of a good community where people support each other and look out for one another, a community where everyone feels safe in their relationships and in their homes and families. We all want to live in a Kodiak that is free from violence and fear, a Kodiak that Chooses Respect.

Join KWRCC and March for Respect on Wednesday, March 27th

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20+ Useful Examples of How to Show Respect

The differences we find between people are what create our unique identity. Respecting others is about being able to understand and accept that these individual differences exist but, above all, understand that as members of a society we all share common bonds. 

All people are owed respect for the simple fact of being people.

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The month of March has been symbolically important to women’s rights, nationally and internationally for over 100 years. Around 1911, March 8th began being recognized as International Women’s Day by several countries, including the US. In 1980 a National Women’s History Week was designated by Presidential Proclamation and in 1987 Congress established National Women’s History Month.

March also has been significant to women in Alaska for at least 107 years. In its inaugural session, Alaska’s first territorial legislature gave women the right to vote on March 21, 1913—seven years before national women’s suffrage was granted by the 19th Amendment. The Shoup Bill was the first bill signed into law by the territorial governor Walter E. Clark.

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Every year KWRCC helps victims and their children find safety from Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault in Kodiak, Akhiok, Chiniak, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions.

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KWRCC Board of Directors

President: Heidi Barret-McNerney

Vice President: Cassie Keplinger

Treasurer: Helen Shepard

Secretary: Jessica Rauwolf

Board Member: Amanda Becker

Board Member: Debbie Olson

Board Member: Selida Guitron-Padilla

Board Member: Colby Perez


Executive Director: Rebecca Shields

SART & Shelter Coordinator: Penny Lampl

Case Management: Melissa Austin

Outreach Coordinator: Ellamy Tiller

Administrative Outreach Advocate: Alina Button

Advocate: Jo-Ann Abalanza

Advocate: Pinky Cruz

Advocate: Kimberly Dolph

Advocate: Skyler Gertz

Advocate: Lisa Johnson

Advocate: Abigail Rudger

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