Violence Prevention Conference
Rose J. Torgerson, keynote speaker
Director of Training for the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates
Where: Maxey Hall, Whitman College Campus
When: March 27th at 8:30 a.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Rose Torgerson serves victims of crime in her adopted state of Washington as the Director of Training for the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates, a statewide coalition dedicated to improving and strengthening the rights of and services for crime victims. Born in America’s heartland, Rose relocated to Washington after working in victim services since 2002 in Iowa.
Rose originally intended to pursue a career in theatre, but found training within non-profits fulfilled a greater purpose. At 15, Rose began training Girl Scout leaders and with The Red Cross before joining victim services as a volunteer coordinator. Rose’s father, the police chief in Aberdeen, Washington, first encouraged her to enter the field as a result of his own dedication to victim dynamics as a focus in policing; his approach became a cornerstone of her own professional philosophy that to best serve victims and survivors, collaboration is a vital necessity. Rose was an active member of the Prevent Violence Coalition while in Iowa. This collaborative group’s members included administrative level law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, medical professionals, advocates, school administrators, child protection workers – anyone dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault was welcomed to the table.
Until 2010, Rose worked for several non-profit agencies serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, adjudicated teenage females, and the rural homeless. In a two-year period, Rose led the prevention education program, Project D.A.T.E (Dating Abuse Tendencies Education). During her time in victim services, Rose has worked in volunteer programming, legal, shelter, and hotline advocacy, as a sexual assault program and prevention education coordinator, transitional housing caseworker and as a victim services program coordinator, and as the project director for the Washington State Identity Theft Alliance.
Rose’s hiatus from victim services coincided with surviving a stroke in 2010. Returning to training with the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates in 2011 was integral in her own recovery. This period has also served as an opportunity to return to the work with a rededicated focus on how she can best help others assist victim-survivors in their recovery from victimization. Rose most often cites her proudest moments as the ones when she is able to see how her involvement in mentoring new advocates has directly impacted victims and was elected to the National Organization for Victim Assistance’s Board of Directors in 2012.