Tag Archives: We Are SART

Zonta event

The Zonta Club of Boca Raton Foundation is holding an event on March 10, 2018. The proceeds will benefit the Not Just Me Foundation. This foundation buys supplies for our local forensic exam facility, the Butterfly House.




United Way Bake Sale 2016

On November 17th, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Service’s SART office hosted a Bake Sale with the proceeds benefiting the United Way.



PBSC West Event


Palm Beach State College West Campus Club Rush Event was a success . On August 31, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center engaged students in learning about sexual assault & our services.Chandra Cosby, Victim Advocate and Terris Ellick, Team Supervisor distributed educational pamphlets on the different crime types and offered trainings to the teachers and students on Date Rape and Domestic Violence.

BWJP Training 201

Some of our SART members from Palm Beach County Victim Services and PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office attended the Battered Women’s Justice Project in San Diego, CA – they attended many training sessions on Domestic and Sexual Assault issues – from these smiles seems like it was a great training!

San Diego Training

Accounting for Risk and Danger in Your Multi Agency Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

July 25 – July 28 in San Diego

Over the last decade, we have learned much about the landscape of risk and danger from the many jurisdictions that have developed multi-agency responses to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Continuous critical assessments of the ways in which risk and danger are accounted for in the multi-agency collaborations is essential for moving the work forward. The two and a half day conference will set the stage for a reexamination of the models and “what people are doing” in broadening the safety options for all battered victims.

The central questions to be examined are 1) Is the world of the victim expanding or contracting as a result of danger and risk assessments 2) What are the safety options available for diverse victims and 3) how are the assessments validating the survivor’s choices. The conference will not only critique the work done but will share innovative approaches in responding to victims as well as tools for analyzing institutional practices.


Day of Beauty 2016

Monday, August 22nd was the 2nd Annual Day of Beauty where 10 survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence were chosen by their therapists and advocates for a day of pampering which included hair, makeup, manicures, massages and an outfit by Dress for Success. The ladies looked fantastic!

We want to thank all of those who participated, volunteered their services and donated money, items, food and time. A special thanks to Detective Jill Raftery for the candles from her Etsy shop (The Salty Turtle), Dress for Success Palm Beaches, Not Just Me Foundation, Generations Jewelry by Stephanie, Hair styles by Joan Anderson, Latin Beauty Academy, Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty, Presto Pizzeria, Nancy’s Cajun Cookin’, Massages by Angelina Martin, Mary Kay, Redemptive Life Fellowship Church, Theaology Salon and Spa, Trial Lawyers of the Palm Beaches and the Victim Services staff and committee. Another special thanks to Norma Asencio who provided a relaxing meditation to start the day, guest speaker Attorney Samantha Vacciana and Nutritionist, Patricia Mika for the lunch and learn.


Women’s Self Defense Class

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Sexual Assault Support Group


Count-E-Line: Butterfly House

On Dec. 1, Commissioner Jess Santamaria and state Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, along with staffers from Palm Beach County Victim Services, local legislators, and officials from Wellington Regional Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the Butterfly House, the county’s first comprehensive sexual assault response care center.

The new facility, located on the west side of the Wellington Regional Medical Center campus, 10101 W. Forest Hill Blvd., will enhance the evidence collection process by providing coordinated crisis response and improved medical and mental health treatment for rape victims.

“We will raise awareness, we will hold the offenders accountable, and we will do everything we must do to help the victims of these terrible injustices,” said Sen. Benacquisto, who led the drive to secure state funding for the project.

“This is a long, long overdue program that is very much needed,” said Commissioner Santamaria as he presented a proclamation thanking the senator.

Nicole Bishop, director of Palm Beach County Justice Services and Victim Services, said having a centralized, dedicated response care center will lead to more arrests and successful prosecutions with a victim-centered approach. Ideally, she said, more victims will come forward knowing they have a safe haven.

“It is phenomenally important,” Bishop said. “It’s really going to help a lot of victims.”

Palm Beach County Victim Services will run the Butterfly House in conjunction with Wellington Regional Medical Center. Funding was provided by Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Health.

article courtesy of the Palm Beach County Count-E-Line (link to original article)

Butterfly House Opening

The Palm Beach Town Crier featured a video on their YouTube channel highlighting the Butterfly House at its opening:


Uploaded on Dec 8, 2011

Palm Beach County’s first rape victim treatment center, the Butterfly House, opened its doors with a Dec. 1 ceremony to christen its home on the Wellington Regional Medical Center campus.

Butterfly House Supplies

BH items

Julie Weil of the Not Just Me foundation brought several items to Palm Beach County Victim Services on Friday, July 22. She then posted onto her social media:

“Today we made a big drop off at Victim Services for Butterfly House. This summer has seen a dramatic increase in the number of reported sexual assaults…record numbers of people needing care. Thanks for those who made today’s supply run possible.”

Thank you for all your continued hard work Julie!

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