Niki Whittet

Niki Whittet

First Witness

Niki Whittet graduated from UMD in 2013, with degrees in English Literature, Hispanic Culture and Language, and Women, Gender & Sexuality studies. After spending time working with women and children survivors of Guatemala’s civil war and later, teaching pre-school in Oregon, she returned to Duluth to work at a local domestic violence shelter and resource center as their Youth Programming Specialist.

She is currently working towards her master’s degree in Education, with the focus on Counseling at UWS. She is also a part of a committee designed to bring awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and self-healing to the community and acts as Secretary of the Board for the North Central Windows Program, a non-profit that helps trauma survivors begin their healing journey with the aid of art enrichment. With a passion for working with youth and their families, Niki is excited to be a part of the team at First Witness as a Family Advocate.

In her free time, Niki enjoys walking her dog, Stella, along the lake walk, cross stitching, and eating nachos.

Safety Beyond Our Doors: The Role of Advocacy in Assessing Risk

Room 203

Download session presentation One role of advocacy is to walk with the child and family through all of the systems and processes that come into play after a child discloses abuse and help identify how those systems can support and provide safety for the family. Advocates respond to the self-identified needs of the family and […]