The NWA Center for Sexual Assault is a 37-year old nonprofit serving adult survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones – with comprehensive free services – while tirelessly working toward a safer future for all through education and awareness.
The Executive Director is responsible for oversight and management of all aspects of the NWA Center for Sexual Assault operations, in accordance with Center policies and best-practices. This person also works in partnership with the Board of Directors as a steward of the Center’s organizational health, strategic plan and mission-driven work.
- Commitment and belief in victim advocacy, social justice and the mission of the Center.
- A demonstrated leadership commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and an understanding of the importance of this commitment for an agency serving sexual assault survivors.
- Working knowledge of both victim-services and effective, culturally-humble community outreach efforts.
- A demonstrated leadership commitment to collaborative partnerships, staff development, and staff relations (including an “open-door” approach to leading and a commitment to staff self-care).
NWA Center for Sexual Assault Services
The Center provides comprehensive services – in English and Spanish – for anyone in Northwest Arkansas who has been affected by rape or sexual assault. These serves include:
- Forensic Rape Kit Exam Services. They offer free forensic rape kit exams in a compassionate, non-hospital setting. Rape kit exams gather DNA and other evidence from the survivor’s body and can be performed any time within 96 hours of a rape or sexual assault. They have forensic exam clinics in both Washington and Benton counties and they utilize only trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. In addition to collecting evidence, their nurses offer preventative antibiotics for sexually transmitted infections. For more info, visit HERE.
- Individual Advocacy. Compassionate support, referrals and resources for the survivor and/or their loved ones to assist through every step of the healing process: from reporting to exam to court process – if the survivors chooses to report – or in whatever way the survivor needs support.
- Therapeutic Counseling. In-depth talk therapy to assist survivors and/or their loved ones in exploring their long term healing needs. The Center provides individual, couples and family therapy for anyone dealing with the emotional impact of sexual violence, no matter when it occurred.
- Support Groups. Their support groups give sexual assault survivors a safe place to find strength and healing in the company of other survivors. Groups meet weekly at the Center. In addition to the in-house support groups, they can come to your agency, organization or institution to provide support and educational groups for your clients who may be survivors.
- 24-Hour Crisis Help Line. Crisis intervention, referral information and emotional support to anyone dealing with the aftermath of rape and sexual assault.