Gabby Maxedon named Norse violence prevention coordinator

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Friday – April 25, 2014


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -
Dr. Peter Gitau, vice president of student affairs at Northern Kentucky University, announced today that Gabby Maxedon has been named the university’s Norse Violence Prevention Coordinator.

As violence prevention coordinator, Maxedon will run the newly created Norse Violence Prevention Center. The grant-funded position will work with social work and counseling faculty and staff, the dean of students staff, University Police, and other NKU departments and external agencies to provide education and advocacy to the NKU campus community related to sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

“We are excited to welcome Gabby to our student affairs team,” said Jeffrey Waple, NKU dean of students. “She brings a wealth of experience with these issues and will undoubtedly bring much positive change to our campus.”

Maxedon will develop policies and procedures to prevent and respond to acts of violence against women on the NKU campus. She will also assist with the implementation of the GreenDot violence prevention model and social marketing campaign at the university. She will also implement trainings for university administrators, faculty, staff, conduct boards, and university and community police.

Maxedon was previously a social work program coordinator at NKU. In that role, she supports and collaborates with the university’s social work faculty, staff, and students to promote the success of NKU’s graduate and undergraduate social work programs. Prior to her arrival at NKU, she was a development associate for the University of Louisville’s annual giving program. Prevention and awareness programming will begin this summer with new-student orientation and will continue with peer education programs throughout the year.

The position is funded by a grant through the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. The office’s Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program encourages institutions of higher education to adopt comprehensive, coordinated responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In partnership with community-based nonprofit victim advocacy organizations and local criminal justice and civil legal agencies, recipient campuses must adopt protocols and policies that treat violence against women as a serious offense and develop victim service programs that ensure victim safety, offender accountability, and the prevention of such crimes.

At NKU, the internal partners in the program include the Office of the President, the divisions of student affairs, academic affairs, University Police, the departments of counseling, social work, and leadership; first-year programs; veterans services; and Common Ground. External partners will include the Northern Kentucky Women’s Crisis Center, Highland Heights Police, and Women Helping Women in Cincinnati.

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