On October 28, 2007 Norma Peterson’s sister-in-law, Stacy Peterson, went “missing” and the journey her family has experienced since that day has run the gamut. It has just been in the last few years that Norma has been able to talk about her family’s experiences. Dealing with the media and the press was an experience in itself, not to mention the general public’s attitude towards the family of the suspect, a scenario Norma would not wish on anyone.
It is Norma’s hope that in discussing her experiences, she may be able to change the perception for the families of those convicted or suspected of heinous crimes such as her brother-in-law. Norma has been doing volunteer work with the Roosevelt American Legion Post 84 for more than 10 years and recently re-established the Auxiliary after a 23 year hiatus.
She has also been a member of the Aurora Fourth of July parade committee for the past five years and volunteers in parade activities. Norma has been a proud member of the SHARE Fox Valley planning committee since its inception in 2009. Norma enjoys putting together the raffle baskets donated from local vendors and small businesses for the annual luncheon that benefits Mutual Ground, a local domestic violence shelter. For the past several years Norma has worked passionately and tirelessly to bring awareness to the existence of the EAA (Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit) which is a viable tool for victims of domestic violence, law enforcement and the judicial system. Norma also assists victims create their own EAA and currently works with local law enforcement and state legislators to establish this in their protocol when working with victims of domestic violence. Norma recently appeared on Crime Watch Daily which filmed her speech given at the 2016 SHARE luncheon. Norma will appear in an upcoming special about Stacy Peterson on the OWN network. For her volunteerism, passion, strength and work on behalf of women, the SHARE Fox Valley committee unanimously selected Norma Peterson as the Woman of Power in 2017.