Letter from Lori N. DiPersio
Time does fly when working tirelessly to end a health epidemic. Domestic violence is just that – a national health epidemic.
For the last 14 years, I’ve led the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in its purpose to end domestic violence against women. When I first started, I didn’t fully understand the enormity of the problem of violence in the home or between intimate partners. Our work grew to include violence prevention services not only for women, but also for men, teens, same sex partners, and children who witness. Over the years, I became a leader in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Newport & Bristol Counties where our agency’s programs and services have grown far and wide.
Letter from Nicole Benjamin, President of the Board
As an important member of our community, I wanted to reach out personally to let you know about a change in leadership at the Women’s Resource Center.
Last month, after 14 successful years as Executive Director of the WRC, Lori DiPersio finalized plans to retire that had been in the works for several months. Lori’s retirement will be effective Friday, July 5. Jessica Walsh, the WRC’s longtime Director of Prevention, has been named Acting Executive Director while the board continues the process of seeking new leadership.
“Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.”
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In the Press
Former “Man Who Makes a Difference” Leads “Shop With a Cop” (turnto10.com, Dec. 2018)
Hometown Hero: Zoe Petrovas (WPRI.com, Dec. 2018)
Women’s Resource Center receives grant to improve health in Newport neighborhoods (Newportri.com, Nov. 2018)
Father Malm honored as a Hero of the Faith (Rhode Island Catholic, Nov. 2018)
Grants Seek to Improve Health In Several Rhode Island Towns (The Kent County Times, Nov. 2018)
Community Foundation Update (Philanthropy News Digest, Oct. 2018)
West Warwick Thundermist, HEZ Accept RI Foundation Grant (The Kent County Times, Nov. 2018)
Local Angle: A Community Foundation Making a Big Push for Health Equity in a Small State (Inside Philanthropy, Nov. 2018)
South County Health wins $600,000 for local services (Narragansett Patch, Nov. 2018)
Eyes on the prize: 2018 health equity summit draws 750 (Convergence, Sept. 2018)
Pathway to Hope ( Newport This Week, July, 2018)
Podcast: A Conversation with Gregory Thompson, Women’s Resource Center (What’s Up Newp, May 2018)
Letter to the Editor: Domestic Violence & Gun Control (Bristol Patch; Nov. ’17)
Domestic Violence Demands Gun Control Legislation (Cranston Herald; Nov. ’17)
Domestic Violence Demands Legislation to Limit Guns ( The Providence Journal; Nov. ’17)
Women’s Resource Center Turning 40 (The Newport Daily News; Aug. ’17)
Acknowledging the Root Causes of Violence ( RI Central; Aug. ’17)
Rhode Island Foundation Announces Community Grant Winners (Newport This Week; Aug ’17)
7 Local Women Will Be Recognized as ‘Wild Women’ by WRC (whatsupnewp.com; May ’17)
‘Men Who Make a Difference’ Gala Will Take Place at Gurney’s on April 21 (whatsupnewp.com; Apr. ’17)