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❤ StopTheHurt2019-01-28T17:55:11+00:00

Who We Are

StopTheHurt is an educational resource for all people as they seek to develop positive relationships with peers, partners, family, and themselves. We believe all relationships should be based on mutual respect and equality. Our hope is to create conversations around consent, healthy relationships, peaceful communication, and self-compassion. Together we can #StopTheHurt

A Project of HCWC

StopTheHurt is a project of HCWC, based in Central Texas. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is a local non-profit who offers free and confidential services to men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse living in Hays and Caldwell Counties.  Services are available in English and Spanish. Learn more at HCWC.org

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Meet the Team

Kiara Nicholson

Prevention Coordinator

Kiara is a full-time cat lady with a passion for social justice. At HCWC, she is the Primary Prevention Coordinator – facilitating conversations with adolescents and adults on fostering healthier relationships and ways to make the world a safer, more equitable place. Kiara is a proud alum of Texas State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology. Her passions include social change, youth activism, LGBTQ activism, and crafting. She doesn’t like taking pictures, but she does love Bitmojis.

Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Favorite Food: It’s too hard to pick one! But it has to be vegan.
Favorite Band: Paramore
Advice you would give your younger self: If your relationship doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, it’s not a relationship you want to be in. Work on the relationships with people who make you feel good! Including the one you have with yourself. Always have your own back.
Where to find Kiara: Taking a nap, hanging out with her twin sister, or with a cat.

Megan Osborne

Prevention Educator

Megan Osborne is a native Texan. She graduated from Texas State University with a Master’s degree in Health Education, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Megan is passionate about education and working with young people. She strongly believes in social justice and ending violence in the community. Megan works as a prevention educator at HCWC where she engages youth and facilitates discussions in the community promoting gender equality, advocacy, consent, and healthy relationships. She is passionate about advocating for peace, equality, and youth empowerment. She enjoys research, watching movies, playing roller derby, and drinking coffee.

Favorite Quote: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Bands: What’s So Not, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun
Advice you would give your younger self:
Where to find Megan: At the river with her family or playing roller derby.

Dominique Graves

Prevention Educator

Dominique began her career at Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) in November 2018. She has a Bachelors in Behavioral Science, from Concordia University Texas and a Masters in Social Work, from Our Lady of the Lake University.  She provides educational support, resources, advocacy, and awareness on teen dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault, as a Prevention Educator, with HCWC. Her work is geared towards eliminating and reduce factors that cause the victimization of domestic and sexual violence and unhealthy relationships within the communities.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t you know your imperfections is a blessing.” – Kendrick Lamar
Favorite Food: Liver & Onions (I am beast mode)
Favorite Bands: RiRi, Jhene Aiko, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar & Erykah Badu
Advice you would give your younger self: “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally… Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”  – Don Miguel Ruiz
Where to find Dominique: Eating and laughing with friends, taking a dance class at Ballet Austin, paddle boarding, reading on a comfy couch and binge-watching horror flicks.

Nathan Thompson

Digital Educator

Nathan is a graphic designer and digital educator who loves the outdoors, kombucha, and making people happy. He has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University and loves designing logos, print materials, and websites. His true passions exist in nature and spending as much time as he can outside — mostly in his kayak at the river.

Favorite Quote: “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Favorite Food: Anything I cook, but mostly venison.
Favorite Band: Elliott Smith
Advice you would give your younger self: Have patience, have faith, live genuinely, and love unconditionally. With those things, you can’t go wrong.
Where to find Nathan: Alone in wild places, typically on some river in Central Texas.