WAVE turns 40 this month


April 14, 2022

Image courtesy of Marlene Cushing

This is an example of imagery used in the early days of Women's Aid in Violent Emergencies (WAVE) to help raise awareness of the newly-formed organization.

Forty years ago, Marlene Cushing was working as the community public health nurse when she attended the first meeting of Women's Aid in Violent Emergencies (WAVE). It was April and the head dispatcher of the Petersburg Police Department (PPD) was there and the assistant director of the children's center showed up, too.

And so did a handful of other women looking to volunteer and make a positive impact when it came to dealing with domestic violence (DV) locally. But Cushing says, credit for getting the group together that day goes to a woman named Harriet Thompson.

"She was the alcohol and...

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