National Sexual Violence Resource Center recognizes Shelterhouse’s Denise Berry

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) recently announced the 29 winners of its 2022 Visionary Voice Awards. These winners represent a wide range of disciplines from across the country and were selected for their outstanding work in harassment prevention, misconduct and sexual abuse.

This year’s recipients include Shelterhouse Executive Director Denise Berry, who was nominated by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Berry is the visionary and dedicated Executive Director of Shelterhouse, a comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services program located in Midland, Michigan. As a leader, Berry is described as determined, fearless, and dependable. As an advocate for survivors, Denise’s tenacity is unmatched. Berry works diligently to serve survivors of sexual assault throughout their lives and with integrity and grace.

Berry is a leader in the field, cultivating an extensive Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. She works to expand the services offered to survivors by adding SANE capabilities to Shelterhouse’s myriad of services. Berry has been creative in seeking funding to support the expansion of the SANE project.

Berry is passionate about reaching out to underserved communities, including overseeing the creation of Intersections at Shelterhouse, a program for LGBTQIA+ people.


Berry generously shares her expertise in sexual assault services and program administration with other programs across the state. Berry is a dynamic leader on behalf of survivors. The MCEDSV is proud to honor Berry’s vision and dedication to the movement.

The Visionary Voice Awards are presented annually by NSVRC, the leading nonprofit providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a national campaign organized every April to raise awareness about the prevention of sexual violence. This year’s SAAM theme, “Building Safe Online Spaces Together,” highlights how each of us can create online spaces that value respect, inclusion and safety.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, we couldn’t be prouder of Denise for receiving this much-deserved national recognition from her peers,” said Pedro Figueroa, Shelterhouse Board Chairman. “His leadership, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence on behalf of survivors is synonymous with Shelterhouse’s overall mission to empower, educate and advocate for all survivors with the highest level of care, service and of empathy.

Since 2001, the NSVRC has coordinated the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign in April. This year’s theme is “Building Safe Online Spaces Together”. Join the campaign by accessing free resources at nsvrc.org/saam. Resources are available in Spanish at nsvrc.org/es/saam.

“We are deeply honored to recognize these remarkable individuals and groups who are committed to creating a safer world for all,” said NSVRC Chief Executive Yolanda Edrington. “Each of this year’s recipients personifies what it means to be a visionary voice through their service to survivors and their communities.”

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