Iowa City Police Officer Scott Stevens received the Pat Meyer Vision Award from Joey Matousek, the 2014 award recipient.
The Johnson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence presented their 2015 “Pat Meyer Vision Awards” to City of Iowa City Police Officer Scott Stevens and local Hy-Vee stores at a ceremony held last Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Iowa City Public Library. Each year, the coalition recognizes one individual and one organization or business for their work to create community responses to end domestic violence. The award is named for Pat Meyer, who was instrumental in establishing local resources and support for women who were victims of domestic violence, and who served as the first director for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). This is the 17th year for the awards.

Officer Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens has been a police officer with the Iowa City Police Department since 2003, after graduating from the University of Iowa where he studied psychology and counseling. Officer Stevens is a field training officer, bicycle patrol officer, vehicle collision investigator, certified Simunitions and Force-on-Force instructor, a senior member of the Special Response Team, and an A.L.I.C.E. instructor where he regularly trains members of the community how to respond to a violent intruder.

He currently serves as the Domestic Violence Investigator, where he follows up with all incidents in Iowa City involving domestic violence, harassment, stalking, and violations of protective orders. He is a member of the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), the University of Iowa Anti-Violence Coalition, the Domestic Assault Investigation Team, and the Johnson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Officer Stevens provides training on domestic abuse for his department and other groups in the community, including DVIP. He has promoted and maintained strong relationships with victim service groups, other law enforcement agencies, and the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, and uses those relationships to provide advocacy and safety for victims and hold offenders accountable for their actions. In the past two years as the Domestic Violence Investigator, he has filed over 220 charges for domestic assault, protective order violations, and harassment, and in all, has followed up on almost 1,100 incidents. His work is made possible by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grant funding and support from area agencies, the command staff and fellow officers from the Iowa City Police Department, and peers who work in victim services.

Hy-Vee

Iowa City and Coralville Hy-Vee stores received an award for the tremendous support they've provided the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, as well as the individuals and families DVIP serves. Their contributions enable the agency to provide safety and comfort to families in the community. DVIP reports that Hy-Vee provides quick response if someone in the shelter needs help, even if that means providing a birthday cake for a client to help make that celebration more special.

In 2008, DVIP's first "Shop for the Shelter" event kicked off to fill the need for non-perishable food and paper products. In 2012, Coralville Hy-Vee joined the event. It has since become one of the top annual fundraisers, with the four Iowa City and Coralville Hy-Vees collecting 90 to 140 cartloads of groceries, paper goods, and personal care items for the shelter each year.

For more information on the awards, contact Shy Chisato Conway at 319-325-1748 or shynl@dvipiowa.org.

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Monday, November 02, 2015

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