Eliminating DVA through Education

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SAVVE! Vision

Educate communities about Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) to end all domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault throughout the world, and to help victims and families heal.

Mission Statement

  

To make a positive difference concerning domestic violence and abuse in all communities through increasing knowledge. To help all concerned parties that DVA represents Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Child, Verbal, Emotional, and Financial. To help eliminate all abuses.

Values and Principles

SAVVE is dedicated to educating others about DVA. It is our belief that knowledge propels change.


1. Educate victims, families of victims, advocates and community leaders on domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault to assist in healing.

2. Transform communities through collaboration and knowledge.

3. Improve communication between community leaders, DVA groups, and advocates.

4. Prevent DVA through education in all communities.

5. Support and assist all DVA groups.

6. Be humble.

7. Integrity in all dealings.

8. Bring Peace and Joy to all who suffer from DVA needlessly, either directly or indirectly to strengthen the healing process. 

Shareene Rice

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  Shareene is the Founder and Executive Director of  the S.A.V.V.E. organization (Saving Abuse and Violence Victims through Education).She has an AA- Liberal Arts from Allan Hancock College, BA- Liberal Arts, Senior Thesis, Behavior is genetic and environmental, from BYU, M Ed - Curriculum and instruction design (Action Research on Teaching writing to special education students) from University of Phoenix and  ABD, PhD candidate at Grand Canyon University, dissertation is healing and empowerment from domestic abuse, through the use of social media. Areas of research encompasses, personality, personality disorders, victimization, cyber abuse, healing from domestic violence, empowerment using social media.and How law enforcement and judicial officials victimize abuse victims  


After enduring intimate terrorism perpetrated by her spouse, she left the relationship never to return. A few months after her assault, she started studying and taking classes on recovery. It was at that time she realized what psychological, verbal, emotional, and financial abuse entailed. What she found disconcerting is: she was also abused by law enforcement, the ADA and two judges. She later completed an oral qualitative assessment among victims of domestic violence and abuse and found 100% of those she spoke to also experienced law enforcement and judicial abuse. It was at this time she realized many working with domestic violence and abuse did not understand what abuse looked like and how to help, without continuing to hurt victims.


Because of these gaps, Shareene wanted to do more than help. She started her PhD program, while writing her book on her experiences, linking arms with her cousin starting a web site and social media activism including Facebook groups ie Healing for Women, and others (only the Facebook groups continue today). Shareene now advocates, facilitates classes, authors books, speaks publicly, blogs,  hosts a radio show on Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA), her PhD is on DVA and she holds an annual DVA conference. This conference is the first and only Southern Utah Domestic Violence Conference – where she acquires speakers she has met along the way of her own journey toward healing. 


Shareene's vision for the non-profit S.A.V.V.E. to educate; victims and survivors, those who work with victims and survivors, and those who have family members of victims and survivors, as well anyone impacted in the community in any way. She feels the best way to heal is through education and closeness to the Savior Jesus Christ and teaches that during her classes.  


She has always desired to open up the subject of DVA, so people will not fear to discuss it. Too many victims and survivors hide because the world is not a safe place to discuss this subject.  As DVA has been swept under the rug too long. Hence the importance of all service providers of DVA victims and survivors, learn from the experience of others and professionals to help them perfect their performance, glean new ideas and to help strengthen the community. She is excited to hold this conference every year with new voices, faces, and experiences that illuminate, educate, and enlighten the many faces and victims of DVA. 

Photography by Jaci Shotwell @ HunterKay Photography

Lisa Lee

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Lisa is a co founder and Vice President of S.A.V.V.E. organization. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling. She works as a Mental Health Therapist in a variety of settings at her private practice. She is passionate about the trauma work that she is involved in and utilizes her skills and training in EMDR to work with victims of trauma. She works closely with the victims of crime program through the state of Utah and Nevada. 


Working with victims of domestic abuse and violence has been very rewarding. In her own personal experiences she has also been a victim without knowing it. Until she became educated and knowledgeable the signs were not obvious. Domestic abuse comes in all forms but always starts with emotional, psychological, and then physical abuse last. Talking is the first step. Silence only keeps the victim sick and the perpetrator free to continue to hurt the victim. 


Lisa became involved in this organization a year ago through a dear friend (Shareene Rice, founder) who decided that something needed to be done. Enough was enough and it was time to start doing. Her hope and prayer is that anyone who has been a victim or has a family or friend who is a victim of this horrific abuse will come and learn from this conference. When you leave, the hope is that you will feel empowered, uplifted and ready to make changes that could save your life,  the life of loved one or the life of someone you work with. 

Photography by Jaci Shotwell @ HunterKay Photography

Karalyn Johnson

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Karalyn is a co-founder and serves as President of SAVVE. She has obtained a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences/Government.  She became attuned to domestic violence when she was thrown into a whirlwind from hell orchestrated by the person who claimed to love her the most.  The ripping experience was indescribable. Criticism, condemnation, hostility and fear were the bully tactics employed by one claiming love and provision for his family, but in reality cloaked selfish ambition and twisted inability to love.  Verbal, financial, psychological and sexual abuse of children, was so completely unacceptable that when Karalyn became aware she "departed from evil" to rebuild their her and her children's lives. However, the legal whirlwind that ensued has given Karalyn experience in family law in two states that she never dreamed would have been her reality.  Now she is prepared to come along-side you in those moments of overwhelming fear. She  works whole-heartedly to buoy dv victims to solid and safe ground.


Karalyn believes the best ways to overcome fear is preparation and knowledge.  As preparedness and knowledge increases fear decreases.  These annual conferences hold a dear spot in her heart to truly decrease fear by increasing knowledge.  Furthermore, her ambitions would be to 1) decrease legal abuse by exposing attempts to manipulate government officials to believe false and twisted narratives alleged by the perpetrators themselves, who orchestrate grand schemes to cloak their own criminal behaviors. 2) illuminate true healing that is only obtained through surrender to God's higher power and exercise faith unto deliverance by Him. 3) lift and support those experiencing suffering by facilitating a personalized preparation plan. 4) serve the community through preparation and education. 

Photography by Jaci Shotwell @ HunterKay Photography