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Thank you very much for giving presentations at both of our regional domestic violence conferences.  Your workshop, “Domestic Violence Victims, Why Do They Stay?” helped us offer a rich mix of workshops on a wide range of subjects.  I heard many positive comments about your workshop during the day.  And a number of people, when asked “What did you like best? mentioned your presentation! – Buckey Boone ~ Director of Development, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.

Thanks for your powerful presentation at the Domestic Violence Conference.  It was so powerful.  I am a mature graduate student in the Social Work program.  The timing for me to hear your story could not have been better for me.  As a result of fear-based attitudes, I was forced to leave my home and community of 35 years overnight.  The exhibit has been used as a teaching tool for psychologists, therapists and as a tool for individuals who are working with the issues of “who I was, who I am and who I may become”.  It is the story of resilience and pursuing education and the changes that happen when people choose or are forced through life circumstances to individuate and/or change their world-view” – Graduate Student ~ Radford University

“I had heard Ms. Diaz speak before at the Women’s Resource Center training and both times I felt captivated by her words and was moved by her experiences. I thought it brought the subject matter home to be able to hear from a survivor and see her strength and hear her story. I thought it was interesting to hear her advice for us if we end up in an abusive relationship or even if a close friend does. She had said nobody could have said anything to change her mind, however just offering the resources, such as the phone numbers, somewhere where she definitely would have seen would have helped her to start thinking about leaving. I thought that was a great non-intrusive way to help someone”. – Radford University Student

“I completely agree with the comment about how each person has her own breaking point and that was to you. I found it helpful to present that information so the women in the class can think about what their breaking point is.” – Virginia Tech Student

“Your presentation was very effective in showing that abusive situations often affect more than just one person.” Virginia Tech Student

“I found your presentation extremely interesting and moving. Being in a class where we learn about violence from all aspects, from the perpetrator, to victim, to prosecutor, it was extremely interesting to hear a personal account and how you dealt with the experiences.” Virginia Tech Student

“It was very heartfelt and touching, I greatly appreciated it” Training attendee

“I liked the story she told.  Showing and expressing what happened to her.  Her experience, why people stay.  Thank you for telling us your story”. – Training attendee

“Thank you for sharing and helping bring awareness to others”- Training attendee

“Was very touching and thank you for sharing.  It means a lot.  I am speechless.  Thank you.- Training attendee

“I learned victims point of views”- Training attendee

“This was very heavy, but it helped me toward wanting even more to serve women in need!”- Training attendee

“I learned how each victim has a different reason for staying or leaving” – Training attendee

“I liked her honesty and willingness to tell her story, strengths, weaknesses”- Training attendee

“I learned the effects of trauma” – Training attendee

“I really admire you for having the strength to tell your story and to speak so openly about it.”-  Training attendee

I have worked with Diann since 2005 when she started volunteering as an emergency advocate at our local Women’s Resource Center. I am a forensic nurse examiner and have often stated we could not do our job without the advocates to help us. Diann is very professional in her work while showing these patients that she truly cares about them. Diann has gone above and beyond any expected duty. She has stayed in the emergency room with patients for many hours, even after the forensic nurses have left, because the patient was awaiting other care. Diann has worked many child abuse cases where she had to be the support system, not only for the child, but for the parents, as well a other siblings. She has fulfilled this role with great care and concern for these families.”April Bennett, Forensic Nurse – Carilion New River Valley Medical Center

“I have had numerous interactions with Diann Diaz working with sexual assault patients during the past five years. Ms. Diaz has shown patience, empathy, support, and has, in my opinion, gone “beyond the call of duty”, as an advocate on many occasions for patients. As a Forensic Nurse, I can attest that it has been supportive to have emergency advocates such as Diann be by the side of victims. Her caring and calming attitude has provided victims the sense of safety they so deserve. She not only has a keen ability to sense when to supply the victims with information; she has never been judgmental and I have always seen her in such a positive direction for helping victims of abuse.”Cris Whitaker – Forensic Nurse – Carilion New River Valley Medical Center

“I have known Diann Diaz for several years through our mutual involvement with sexual assault and domestic violence victims…Diann is an intelligent, motivated, and caring individual. She relates very well to her colleagues and is a comfort to those she helps. Her dedication to sexual assault victims is a tremendous asset to the law enforcement community and the public in general.”Sgt. Mark G. Skidmore – Crime Scene Investigator – Giles County

“During the past years, I have had frequent interactions with Diann. I always found her to be kind, caring, and dependable. She is keenly devoted to her work, but also easy to work with and enjoyable to be around. As a Detective in a small town, I am often called upon in the middle of the night to meet with victims especially of sexual assault. Diann is often the first call I make to be there for the victim. Diann has not once complained of these hours. She is always there for the victim no matter what time of the day or night. She has a way of interacting with the individual that is both comforting and informative. She is always there to help the victim and answer any questions that they may have.”Amanda E. Cornwell – Detective – Radford City Department of Police

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