After graduating from college in 2005, Lynsay Nuss knew she was interested in helping people, but the psychology graduate wasn’t sure which road she wanted to take.
So she took a position with the Lodi office of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin, an agency that provides aid to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, as well as runaway youths. Eight years later, the 31-year-old has discovered a passion for helping people get out of such situations. She serves as a domestic violence program specialist as well as working in individual peer counseling and assisting clients with restraining orders, advocacy and court accompaniment.
Paula Grech, satellite program director for the Women’s Center, said Nuss has not only done a good job with the clients, but also that she has worked well with a staff that is made up mostly of volunteers.
“She has such a wonderful rapport with the staff, and that has been instrumental in what we do here,” she said.
Recently, Nuss has begun to oversee the teen dating violence program. Her passion for helping victims led her to want to reach out to teens, to help them avoid becoming victims in the future.
“I believe that prevention is key for teens and parents,” she said.
In the coming year, Nuss is hoping to build on the teen dating violence program by reaching out to the community with education in high schools. She has already had some contact with different community agencies and has been able to hold a couple of concerts to raise awareness of teen violence.
Nuss hopes to build on that foundation to make strong contacts with educators. There are so many unhealthy relationships portrayed in the media , Grech said. She hopes Nuss will be able to reach out to teens, their parents and those who teach and guide them to help paint a picture of what healthy relationships look like.
The response Nuss has gotten from presentations she has already given has been positive, Grech said.
“They really appreciate the information she has been able to share with them,” she said.
Nuss’ goal is to do more of those presentations. She wants parents and teens alike to know what teen dating violence is and what the warning signs are.
“Teens are inexperienced and don’t know what to look for,” Nuss said. “Giving them information and having those tools is really beneficial.”
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