FREMONT – Christine Torres was presented with the National Sexual Assault Resource Center’s National Visionary Voice Award today for her work with The Bridge, a local crisis assistance center dedicated to helping people escape violence.
The Bridge focuses its work on the prevention and elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault by working directly with survivors, helping those in need find a safe route out of danger, and coordinating services with other agencies throughout the area to support survivors.
Christine Torres is the Spanish Speaking Services Coordinator at The Bridge. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and works with battered immigrant survivors and their children, in all five counties served by The Bridge. In her role, Torres works with some of the most vulnerable victims, including undocumented immigrant victims of sexual violence, both adults and children. In many cases, the victim does not speak English or have legal status in the United States, and therefore the barriers to seeking help through an advocate or the criminal justice system are far greater.
Torres serves as a guide to her clients in navigating a complex system in another language, as well as a source of comfort, referrals for legal and medical assistance, and support.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers the Visionary Voice Awards, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, each April to recognize the hard work of those men and women around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence.
If you, or someone you know, needs help out of a dangerous domestic situation, reach out to The Bridge on their 24 Hour Crisis Line at 402-727-7777 or toll free at 1-888-721-4340. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.bridgefromviolence.com for more information.