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Domestic Violence & Homicide Awareness, Prevention, and Education, To Be The Focus For Massachusetts Racing Team In Race Across America

Newburyport, MA (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

A team of 8 men and women organized by Pat Kelly of West Newbury, MA, is participating in the Race Across America to benefit the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. Riverside RAAM “Team Pedal to Empower” includes racers from all disciplines of cycling; road racers, endurance mountain bike racers, triathletes, cyclocross racers and hill climbers. The team of 8 has a mission to race 3,000 miles in less than 6 days and have chosen the 2015 RAAM for the ultimate challenge in endurance, teamwork and finding the strength from within. The team has also chosen to ride on behalf of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center (JGCC) for the very same reasons.

Since 1982, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has been providing hope and meeting the needs of families in crisis due to domestic violence. Their innovative Domestic Violence Homicide Risk Team (DVHRT) homicide prevention model gained national recognition from the White House in 2010 and 2011, resulting in funding from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) to train communities across the country to replicate the model and its effectiveness at predicting and preventing domestic violence homicide. The Center has provided training for more than 5,000 criminal justice professionals and advocates as well as providing training and technical assistance to representatives from 42 states and territories.

On their coast to coast journey, “Team Pedal to Empower” will be riding for domestic violence victims everywhere to illustrate the power of the human spirit when faced with adversity and to share the Center's very meaningful message that everyone has a right to live free from fear, intimidation, violence and the threat of abuse. The team chose the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center because of their cutting edge work with victims of domestic violence, youth prevention, education, and homicide prevention work."Our team will use each and every bump in the road to make the world aware of the good that is being done by the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, here in Massachusetts" noted Pat Kelly.

Suzanne Dubus, CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, is excited about the opportunity to promote awareness, education, and prevention in this high endurance race. She commented, “We are honored to have the Riverside RAAM –‘Team Pedal to Empower,’ race on behalf of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, raising funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence. They will test their determination, endurance and spirit; they will peddle to empower victims of domestic violence and by raising awareness, they will help to break the cycle of violence, one mile at a time.”

Team Peddle to Empower is currently sponsored by:

Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc. of North Haven, CT
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Boston, MA
Crosswind Communications, West Newbury, MA, Southwest Harbor ME
Virtual Hold Technologies, Akron, OH
Spiremedia, Denver, CO

Additional Sponsors: Riverside Cycle, Cannondale and PWFit (Phillip Wong Fit)

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To learn more about the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center's Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model:

To learn more about the 2015 Race Across America (RAAM)
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About the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
For 32 years, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has been helping individuals and families at risk because of domestic violence. What began as the compassionate mission of several volunteer parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport in 1982 has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit organization. The mission of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is to empower individuals and engage communities to end domestic violence. Using evidence-based best practices and innovative approaches, we mitigate the effects of trauma, prevent domestic violence homicides, and engage communities in promoting long term social change.

For more information, call 978-465-0999, visit or call the 24-hour confidential crisis hotline at 978-388-1888.

About the Race Across America (RAAM)
Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. 2015 RAAM will be the 34th edition of this historic event beginning in Oceanside, CA following a defined 3,000 mile route, and ending in Annapolis, MD. Top teams will cover more than 500 miles per day! RAAM is a uniquely rewarding commitment to mental toughness, demanding physical challenge and a testament to the strength of human spirit.

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