Local honored as Legal Advocate of the Year

Community Solutions

Community Solutions’ Anita Wilson was presented with the 2012 Legal Advocate of the Year award by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence last weekend, according to a press release from Community Solutions which is based in Gilroy.

The Partnership presents this award annually to an “exceptional individual” who has made significant contributions to the ongoing task of ending domestic violence, according to the press release.

“We are extremely proud to have Anita Wilson recognized on a statewide level” said Erin O’Brien, President & CEO of Community Solutions. “Every day of the 23 years she has worked at Community Solutions, she has fully dedicated her efforts and her heart to the women and children we serve whose lives have been ravaged by domestic violence. She is a passionate and tireless advocate for each of them.”

Wilson has dedicated more than 28 years to supporting and assisting survivors of intimate partner violence in a number of capacities. She was instrumental in the creation of the Watsonville Defense de Mujeres Legal Program, the press release said.

As a seasoned legal advocate, Wilson provides mentorship, guidance and support to new advocates and provides advocacy services to more than 100 domestic violence survivors each year.

Wilson was presented the award at the statewide domestic violence conference Sept. 12-14.

Community Solutions has provided comprehensive human services to South Santa Clara County and the surrounding areas for the past 40 years.

The agency offers a wide array of services for mental health, substance abuse, teen parenting, family dysfunction, sexual assault, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, homelessness, and youth development.

Community Solutions works in partnership with community-based organizations, law enforcement, local schools, and county health and human service providers.

For more information, visit www.communitysolutions.org or call (408)779-2113.

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