Membership Information

The committee meets every other month. Attached is a list of meeting dates/times/location. Annual fees are $40 and provide the following benefits:

  • Updates on committee projects, meetings, and programs.
  • Being a part of a countywide committee that focuses on primary
    prevention and improved services to survivors of domestic & sexual violence.
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with individuals from the
    court system, law enforcement, higher education, county
    government, prosecuting attorneys and non-profit
    agencies in Ottawa County
  • Speaker Series that offer CEU credits on topics that support our mission

** For more information on becoming a member or attending our trainings please contact Jo Ann Wassenaar @ 616-331-2748 or Click Here for a Membership Application.


The Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the GVSU Women’s Center presents the following speaker series:


Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: Rm 102 ~ GVSU Holland Meijer Campus (located at 515 S. Waverly Rd/Holland 49423)

This interactive training led by Center for Women in Transition staff celebrates the strength of women and addresses domestic violence victimization. Participants will explore the culture of strong women while examining the hidden nature of domestic violence. Participants will gain the skills of how to respond to and empower survivors. This training is for service providers, advocates, community members, students, and others interested in learning more about empowering women and overcoming barriers.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will examine barriers for women who are victimized by domestic violence through the lens of a strengths perspective.
  • Participants will recognize the normal limitations of strength and understand the hidden nature of domestic violence.
  • Participants will be able to analyze domestic violence myths and redefine victimization.
  • Participants will gain understanding for how to empower survivors of domestic violence and respond as active bystanders

The series is free. For social workers needing CEU’s for licensing requirement this will be available for $15 @ the door. You may register by sending an email to: or call 616-331-2748 and reserve a space for you and your staff members. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches.

For individuals requiring special accommodations please call the Women’s Center at 616.331.2748 or email:

Together We Can Awards

The Together We Can Awards program is held to honor law enforcement officers, agency professionals and community activists in Ottawa and Allegan Counties for their consistent dedication and sensitive handling of domestic and/or sexual violence cases.

Award recipients are nominated by their peers, supervisors, survivors or community members. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments at the annual award program held at Fenn Valley Winery & Vineyards located in Fennville, Michigan!

This year’s program will also include a performance by Grand Valley State University ReACT Peer Theatre Education Troupe!

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Fenn Valley Winery & Vineyards, 6130 – 122nd Avenue, Fennville, MI
Ticketing: $25 –can be purchased by going to the GVSU Women’s Center web site or calling Jo Ann Wassenaar at 616-331-2748.

Our Mission

The Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (LAADSV) is a coordinated community effort to prevent domestic and sexual violence through community education, and collaboration, to promote safety for victims and families, and to hold abusers and perpetrators accountable.

Committee Members

The Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence is multi-disciplinary team of local professionals who are working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention/ intervention, law, education, faith community, community members, and health care. Membership in this group is open to any community member.


Make a donation to support LAADSV’s DELTA Project Prevention program at The DELTA Project donation page.

The DELTA Project offers community trainings, college campus events, classroom presentations, and consultation to promote healthy relationships, active bystander intervention, and teen dating violence and domestic violence prevention. Learn more here.

Community Program

The DELTA Project of Ottawa County, a project of Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, is dedicated to working with local communities, schools, faith leaders, parents, youth, and men and boys as allies to prevent domestic violence before it happens. Domestic violence is a community wide issue. We all have a role to play in prevention. For information on bringing this program to your location please check out the following website:



Together We Can Awards

2008 Award Recipients: Det. Bruce Beckman – Otsego Police Dept., Sally Ashley – Sylvia’s Place volunteer, Jeff Steigenga – Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Gwen DeGraaf – GVSU Public Safety, and Dr. David Schock – Film Maker

2010 Award Recipients: Detective Keri Cannata (Ottawa County Sheriff’s Dept), Chief Kenneth Giles (Saugatuck-Douglas Police Dept), Joan Grillo (Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office), Byron Salguero (Ottagon Addictions Recovery), and Becky Vargo (Grand Haven Tribune)

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