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Director Receives Distinguished Service Award
December 2, 2009
For Immediate Release
Susan W. Clark, Director of the
Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Victim Witness Program, was recently
presented with the Virginia Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime 2009
Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented on November 19,
2009 at the 27th Annual Conference on Crime Victims’ Issues by Becky Sirles,
President of the Virginia Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime, Inc.
“This is a very prestigious award, considering nominations are accepted from
over 75 victim witness, sexual assault, and domestic violence organizations
in Virginia,” said Sirles. “There were several nominations this year
but no one stood out like Susan, especially the contributions she has made
towards local and statewide Family Violence Fatality Review,” said Sirles.
Virginia Powell, PhD, Family Violence Surveillance Manager, for the Virginia
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, selected Clark to serve on two
statewide domestic violence fatality review and best practices teams.
In Powell’s nomination of Clark she wrote the following; “Susan is a
community leader, she has taken her experience as Director of Victim Witness
and used that to do something about violence in her community.
Fatality Review is a powerful tool for identifying gaps and problems and
then pointing the way to better coordination, prevention, and intervention.”
Clark has served as an advocate for over 24 years. She has assisted
countless victims and witnesses of crime, including the families of the
Virginia Tech victims. Everyone who comes in contact with Clark is
greeted with a warm smile, her undivided attention, and the assurance that
she will be there to assist them through some difficult times.
Victim Witness Director