2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
|Little Rock||Kathy Manis Findley|
The Little Rock Division is pleased to honor Kathy Manis Findley, founder and executive director of Safe Places, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving abused women and children.
Ms. Findley has dedicated her life to helping children and young adults who come from abusive environments. In 2002, Ms. Findley started Safe Places: The Center for Healing and Hope. The organization provides support to those who suffer from the physical and emotional effects of violence. The majority of Safe Places’ services are provided free of charge to victims of sexual assault, family violence, child abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of abuse.
Ms. Findley serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Victimology and on the national advisory council of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies. She was appointed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to serve on the Arkansas State Council for Interstate Juvenile supervision and was appointed by the City of Little Rock board of directors to serve on the Little Rock Commission on Domestic Violence and the Little Rock Commission for Children-Youth and Families.
Ms. Findley has advanced certifications in victim assistance from the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies and has received training as a child forensic interviewer. Ms. Findley is a trainer for the Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and served as the first president of the Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas.