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Mrs. Aurelia Sands Belle

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Executive Director

Phone: (919) ***-**** ext. ***  
Email: a***@***.org
Durham Crisis Response Center
206 N. Dillard St.
Durham , North Carolina 27701
United States

Company Description: For more than twenty years, the Durham Crisis Response Center has been the sole provider of comprehensive shelter and support services in the Durham area, providing...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BA , Urban Studies
    Oglethorpe University
  • Masters Degree , Community Counseling
    Georgia State University
  • M.Ed.
  • Master Degree , Community Counseling
    Georgia State University
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End Violence Against Women International - About Us, 27 July 2015 [cached]
Aurelia Sands Belle
Executive Director, Durham Crisis Response Center
End Violence Against Women International - About Us, 28 Sept 2014 [cached]
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Aurelia Sands Belle
Aurelia Sands Belle has more than twenty years of professional experience in human service delivery and advocacy. She has extensive experience in the management of non-profit organizations and programmatic implementation strategies. Most notably, Aurelia is the former director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) for the Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission in conjunction with the City of Atlanta. She was employed as the director in 1984 when the program began. To her credit, Mrs. Belle initiated responsibility for developing all services to victims and witnesses of crime during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. This effort involved organizing a staff and some 200 volunteers, obtaining financial and technical support resources and working with local and national law enforcement agencies in training officers to work with crime victims. A special emphasis was placed on working with victims from other countries. She held that position until February 1997 when her family relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Most recently, Aurelia became a founding Director in Justice Solutions, Inc. of Washington, DC. Justice Solutions is a non-profit agency committed to addressing issues related to criminal and social justice issues by working with professionals all across the country, providing technical assistance and intervention. She conducts workshops that address the needs, rights and concerns of victims of crime. She works with various victim advocacy agencies, law enforcement departments, clergy members and community groups to promote a better understanding of crime victims' issues. She is a training consultant for the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime and the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). She is also a private consultant with the U. S. Department of Labor working as a coach for their Youth Grant Opportunities programs in Louisville, Kentucky and Birmingham, Alabama. She has served as a faculty member for the National Victim Academy since 1997 sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime in cooperation with the Victims' Assistance Legal Organization (VALOR). Aurelia's work as a facilitator has taken her into cities all across the country such as New Orleans, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Waterloo, Iowa; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Aurelia also presents workshops that promote team building, establishing community collaborations, working with non-profit boards and organizations, as well as self-empowerment issues for women.
More recently, Aurelia served as Interim Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault that offered support and guidance to a number of projects impacting more than 67 rape crisis centers across the state. Prior to that time, she served as the Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County in Fayetteville, North Carolina. While there she fostered an atmosphere that encouraged community outreach, increased minority participation, and expounded the concept of building greater community collaboratives. While in Fayetteville she worked as a Counselor/Instructor in the Center for Continuing Education at Fayetteville State University in a joint project with the Employment Security Commission.
She is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, through the Medical University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.
As a career advocate, Mrs. Belle was the first crime victim advocate appointed to serve on the Governor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in Georgia, by then Governor Joe Frank Harris, to represent the issues confronting victims of crime.
A noted crisis intervention trainer, Aurelia has served on several national and local crisis response teams that responded to: a bus crash killing five coeds; the World Trade Center crash; a prison riot; a tornado; bank robberies; and death due to an industrial accident. Aurelia has worked with a number of national, state and local agencies to conduct workshops and seminars such as:
Recently, Aurelia was commissioned by the North Carolina Coalition of Sexual Assault (NCCASA) to write the manual Preparing Law Enforcement to Assist Victims of Sexual Assault (2000). It is designed to provide police officers information from the vantage-point of the victim. She has also been commissioned to write a sexual assault manual for staff and volunteers. As you will see from my professional history statement, I have varied experience, offering workshops on a number of sexual assault topics. She co-authored the "Respecting Diversity" chapter of the National Victim Assistance Academy curriculum. Recently, she was a participant in the video Fostering Collaborative Research: Viewpoints from Violence Against Women Practitioners and Researchers developed by the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center.
Mrs. Belle is the recipient of many awards and honors. Listed are a few of her more notable awards:
Mrs. Belle earned a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and a BA in Urban Studies from Oglethorpe University. She currently resides in Fremont, Nebraska.
Justice Solutions: Organizational Description, 26 April 2014 [cached]
Senior Advisors Anne Seymour and Aurelia Sands Belle will provide advice and guidance with respect to program, grant and project opportunities.
Belle has a national reputation as one of the movement's most effective educators and program development specialist having served in a wide range of capacities from director of a local victim service organization to key trainer and principle advisor on countless national projects and programs, Belle's advice and counsel is highly sought after by local, state and national organizations and agencies across the country.
Aurelia Sands Belle
dBusinessNews :: Daily Business News Delivered to Your Desktop, 29 June 2006 [cached]
Belle Named New Executive Director of Durham Crisis Response Center
Triangle - Durham - The Durham Crisis Response Center's Board of Directors has named nationally recognized victim's rights advocate Aurelia Sands Belle to the post of executive director.Belle will begin her new role at DCRC in July.
Belle founded the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in Atlanta and served as director there from 1984-1997.While in Atlanta she also served on the State of Georgia's Commission on Family Violence.For the last seven years she has worked as a trainer and consultant to sexual assault, domestic violence and crime victim agencies nationwide.Belle also served for a year as the Executive Director at Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County, NC.
"We are very excited about the three decades of experience Aurelia brings in helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Belle has received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Crime Victims and the Margery Fry Award presented by the National Organization for Victim Assistance.She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Victims Constitutional Amendment Network and the board of End Violence Against Women in Washington, DC.
"I am very happy to be returning to North Carolina and am honored to have the opportunity to join DCRC.It's a wonderful organization and a resource for Durham", says the incoming Executive Director."I look forward to working together with our partners in the community, to continue raising awareness about the issue of violence against women and provide assistance and counseling to these victims."
Belle holds a Masters of Education in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and a BA in Urban Studies and Criminal Justice from Oglethorpe University.
For more than twenty years, the Durham Crisis Response Center has been the sole provider of comprehensive shelter and support services in the Durham area, providing counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and shelter to survivors and their families in the aftermath of domestic or sexual violence.
Durham Crisis Response Center, 20 July 2015 [cached]
Aurelia Sands Belle, Executive Director 919-403-9425 ext. 233
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