Ann Arbor, MI, September 7, 2012 – Working to end violence against women is not a small task but in Washtenaw County where Vickie Frederick-Toure, Amy Marzulla, Kim Montgomery and Amy Merkle from SafeHouse Center (www.safehousecenter.org) have been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to participate in the national Advocacy Learning Center, the task just got a little easier. The national Advocacy Learning Center, offered by Praxis International and Manavi, in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, is an 18-month course created to strengthen how advocacy programs engage with survivors, and how to strategize and act to improve responses to violence against women. Team members travel to three in-person events and participate in numerous distance learning activities. SafeHouse Center was selected as one of only 18 programs to join the course. Currently 54 programs and142 advocates are participating in the Center.