RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While our nation mourns the loss of more than two dozen lives from the violent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Virginia's Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli spoke out against domestic violence, an issue that impacts families, homes, communities, workplaces and schools on a daily basis.
Cuccinelli's remarks were delivered at a scheduled news conference to recognize the City of Norfolk as the eighth locality in Virginia to become certified through the Safe in Our Communities program which promotes promising practices in domestic violence prevention. Launched in 2008 by Governor Bob McDonnell when he served as Attorney General, the Safe in Our Communities recognition program provides localities across the Commonwealth with an opportunity to share best practices, to engage in further discussion, and to increase public awareness about domestic violence. The program also serves as a vehicle to assist community leaders in assessing their current policies and practices and developing better programs to enhance community response to this issue.
The City of Norfolk, including the local domestic violence service provider, the YWCA South Hampton Roads, was recognized for many practices which distinguished its application, including the implementation of a Lethality Assessment Protocol and Lethality Screenings, and GPS monitoring for defendants and those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.
"I am proud to recognize the City of Norfolk for their local domestic violence efforts through the Community Recognition Program," Cuccinelli said. "I applaud their robust efforts to help combat the terrible problem of domestic violence in Norfolk, and for setting an example for other localities across the commonwealth."The previous, seven localities to be recognized by the Safe in Our Communities program are: Washington County's Abuse Alternatives; Chesterfield County; King George County; Fairfax County's Women's Group of Mount Vernon, Inc.; Loudoun County's Abused Women's Shelter; the YWCA of Richmond; and Tazewell County's Clinch Valley Community Action. Partners in the Safe in Our Communities program include the statewide Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and Verizon Wireless, which provided $10,000 in initial HopeLine funding for the program. At today's news conference, Verizon Wireless joined with Attorney General Cuccinelli and the Action Alliance to present a $1,000 HopeLine check to this year's Safe in Our Communities recipient, the City of Norfolk. Attorney General Cuccinelli noted, "I'd like to thank Verizon Wireless for their continued commitment to raising awareness against domestic violence. We are so proud to have partnered with them on this important issue."