Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock’s nomination for a National Outstanding Victim Advocacy award is going to a long-time community advocate. Martha Herm is the executive director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria and is one of two people nationwide to receive the annual award.
Schock says Herm is a “visionary in her field” and credits her work since taking over the Center for Prevention of Abuse more than 20 years ago. The center is the only organization in Illinois to offer domestic violence services, elder abuse and sexual assault services and abuser intervention programming.
The award is in memory of Ed Stout, the Director of Aid for Victims of Crime of St. Louis. Herm receives the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on April 18th.