NCADV Announces 2020 Recognizing (Y)Our Power Award Recipients

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announced today four 2020 Recognizing (Y)Our Power Award Recipients, who will be honored for their commitment to a national culture where we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence next week at NCADV's conference. Awardees include Paul Feuerstein (Lifetime Impact Award), Stacy Henderson-Shaw (Survivor Activist Award), Natalie Pattillo (Media Award), and State Senator Susan Rubio (Policy Change Award), with honorable mentions to Osman Rana of Santander Bank and David Barnett of Cellular Recycler. Awards will be presented at NCADV's Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, September 27th, 2020 at 1:30pm at the virtual conference.

“We are always pleased to take a moment to honor those who raise their voices as survivors and for survivors. NCADV ensures we continue that tradition every year, and this year we are especially excited to distinguish those who have been recognized by others for the power of their voices. Through this conference and other efforts, I hope that all who do this work by contributing to the effort of eliminating domestic violence and using their survivor voices, are appreciated and acknowledged for their powerful actions.” said Ruth M. Glenn, President/CEO of NCADV.

Recognizing (Y)Our Power marks the 19th national domestic violence conference NCADV has hosted over the past 40 years and is known for its cutting-edge content and survivor-centric focus. The 2020 conference not only marks the first time the event has been held virtually, it will focus on how advocates do the work in the domestic violence field. The conference is intentional in that it is convened to delve deeper into the causes of violence and its impact and effect on individuals, communities and our nation.


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Paul Feuerstein (Recognizing (Y)Our Power Lifetime Impact Award)

Paul Feuerstein is the founder and President/CEO of Barrier Free Living located in New York City. Paul has worked for the past 40 years advocating and creating cutting edge programming for domestic violence survivors with disabilities and those who are Deaf. Paul’s first project was developing the first Transitional Housing Residence in the United States for severely disabled homeless individuals. As he worked with the residents he learned about the many forms of violence people with disabilities endured and the lack of accessible domestic violence services available. He advocated for the creation of domestic violence services for victims with disabilities when none existed. He opened Secret Garden, a community based domestic violence program serving people with disabilities and those who are Deaf. When he discovered the lack of accessibility in domestic violence shelters preventing survivors from seeking safety and fleeing their abusive home, Paul went on to develop Freedom House, the first totally accessible emergency domestic violence shelter in the country which has served survivors and their children with disabilities from over 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Barrier Free Living opened 120 units of Supportive Housing in the South Bronx providing safe, affordable permanent housing for homeless individuals and families with disabilities who have histories of domestic violence. Through his tireless efforts Barrier Free Living is the largest domestic violence program for people with disabilities in the country. Throughout his career Paul has noticed the gaps in services and injustices, bias, oppression, and discrimination towards people with disabilities and those who are Deaf. Paul has worked not only to create accessible programs but to create systematic change in the domestic violence community.

Stacy Henderson-Shaw (Recognizing (Y)Our Power Survivor Activist Award)
Dr. Stacy L. Henderson-Shaw is a highly decorated retired Naval Officer with over 25 years of military service and experience. She is a Christian Educator, Inspirational Speaker, Businesswoman and an International Best-Selling Author. She speaks four languages and has publications in more than 40 language translations - two of which are in the White House Library. She is currently the Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI), at a Chicago-Suburbs High School, where she is the first African-American and the first woman to hold the position. Her Stacy's Stocking Stuffers Christmas Charity has provided toys, meals, coats, clothing and monetary support for families around the world since 1991.
Stacy has spent most of her life overcoming challenges. Her ‘Survival Journal’ chronicles her trauma and triumph over childhood sexual assault and domestic abuse as an adult. She shares first-hand accounts while raising awareness of domestic violence. ‘Fair Winds And Following Seas’ is a letter written to her Navy Shipmates during the recovery and rehabilitation process after a near fatal domestic incident. The letter was later recreated as a Public Service Announcement and is widely used in Military Domestic Violence training sessions. An active Member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Stacy is an avid  supporter of abuse victims, survivors, and their loved ones and still supports the programs at the Shelter where she and her children once resided. With violence on the rise among our youth, she also provides age-appropriate anti-bullying training to young adults. She testified at Congressional Hearings in efforts to get tougher abuse perpetrator laws passed during the President Clinton and President Obama Administrations (Violence Against Women Act).

Stacy shares her life experiences and relies on faith-based doctrines to motivate and inspire others to achieve their best mental, physical and spiritual health. She has Degrees in Education, Health Services Management, Christian Leadership and Business Administration. She is the proud mother of two adult children: KeiSha and William. Their family is active in their church and the community. 

Natalie Pattillo (Recognizing (Y)Our Power Media Award)
Natalie Pattillo is a journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work for publications such as Salon, New York Magazine, Jezebel, VICE, Pacific Standard, The Nation and others has highlighted injustice against domestic violence survivors. In her most recent piece for The New York Review of Books, Natalie wrote about how COVID-19 affects protective mothers who are navigating the pandemic while sharing custody with abusive ex-partners. She was the first journalist to write about this specific aspect of the pandemic's challenges for survivors. In another trailblazing article in 2016, Natalie exposed how the criminal justice system treated survivor Kim Dadou Brown, who defended herself against her abuser and wound up punished for it. Her piece for Salon and Narratively showed the world how criminalized survivors have to fight for their lives and then fight to be believed. In a piece for Shondaland, she powerfully illuminated her own story, giving voice to so many others to come forward and share their own. Now, as the co-director, producer and writer of the upcoming documentary film And So I Stayed, Natalie will tell the story onscreen of survivors who have fought back against abusers and suffered the consequences.

State Sen. Susan Rubio (Recognizing (Y)Our Power Policy Change Award)
California State Senator Susan Rubio is a survivor of domestic violence and longtime advocate. Her advocacy started when she was a councilwoman for the City of Baldwin Park. She fought for funding for a domestic violence liaison during a budget crisis, because she knew that communities in economic uncertainties see even more intimate partner and family abuse.
After being elected to the California Legislature in 2018, she made  domestic violence a priority. This included pushing for more funding as well as passing legislation that included The Phoenix Act, which extended the statute of limitations for victims seeking justice and adding the national domestic violence hotline on student IDs.
This year, Senator Rubio has passed out of the Legislature a bill that will be groundbreaking in the United States. Senate Bill 1141 will codify coercive control, allowing victims to use evidence of psychological, controlling, and abusive behavior by their abusers in family court and criminal trials. [This bill, as of 9.10.2020, sits on the governor's desk].
Senator Rubio knows that current laws do not reflect how domestic violence actually happens behind closed doors. She wants to transform how society views abusive relationships in California, across the country, and around the world. Her belief is that only then can we end domestic violence.

About The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) envisions a national culture in which we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence. NCADV’s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.



Lynn Brewer

NCADV Communications Director; (303) 839-1852 x 111; @NCADV


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