Sandy Cheetham has been an advocate for domestic abuse victims for most of her life. She earned her degree from the University of Maryland and took “Emerge” domestic violence courses at Anne Arundel Community College. She started as a partner contact advocate where she would contact domestic abuse victims to determine the level of abuse a victim received and would address their concerns. From there, she started working as a community outreach worker. In this role, Ms. Cheetham would assist in training and supporting frontline workers in her community regarding domestic violence. She also planned community programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
While working for Family and Children Services, Ms. Cheetham helped develop the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program for the Baltimore County Police. In this role, Ms. Cheetham collaborated with local police precincts in grant-funded programs, provided follow-up contact with victims following a 911 call, provided resources to domestic violence victims including safety planning, and educated clients regarding the dynamics of abuse.
Ms. Cheetham has also always been heavily involved in her community. She was a volunteer for the Baltimore County Family Violence Unit, has participated in many conferences relating to domestic violence in the workplace, and has been a speaker at several domestic violence conferences. In 1998, she was awarded the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence/Victim Advocate of the Year award for her outstanding work.
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