Fairfax County's Domestic Violence Community 2013 Award Winners Announced
The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Community honored five individuals with awards of excellence at its Annual Meeting on October 1, 2013. These awards recognize the significant impact the awardees have made on behalf of the domestic violence community in Fairfax County.
Awardees were chosen by a Nomination Review Committee, comprised of Fairfax County Domestic Violence Network (DV Network) and Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC) members.
One award was given in each of the following categories:
The service provider award recognizes a professional whose primary role is to serve families impacted by violence. This year's winner, Ayaan Ali, is a community victim advocate employed by Vienna non-profit The Women's Center and working full-time at the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC). Ms. Ali has served hundreds of victims at DVAC, assisting them with safety planning and guiding them through the court process to a life free of violence.
The allied professionals award recognizes a professional who interfaces with families impacted by violence - but for whom service to those families is not their primary role. This year's winner, Lori Wymore-Kirkland, is the director of the Stronger Together supervised visitation and exchange center (part of the Court Services Unit at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court). Though Stronger Together is open to all court-ordered cases, they consistently see domestic violence as a leading cause for referrals to their program. Ms. Wymore-Kirkland works closely with DVAC partner agencies and other community groups to ensure victim safety throughout the visitation process as well as encouraging the non-custodial parent to remain active in their child's life.
Community Member Award of Excellence
The community member award recognizes individuals or organizations in the community that have worked to raise awareness about domestic violence or support organizations working on this issue, whether through direct volunteer service or financial/in-kind support. This year's winner is Pat Kuenhel, of the Great Falls Friends & Neighbors women's club. Ms. Kuenhel is a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Artemis House, the county's 24-hour domestic violence emergency shelter
The media award recognizes a radio, television, or print media professional who provided stories that demonstrated compassion and sensitivity to families impacted by domestic violence or helped to inform the community of available resources and relevant legislative updates. This year's winner is Gregg MacDonald from the Fairfax Times. Mr. MacDonald wrote two articles in the past year informing our community of the realities of domestic violence in Fairfax County.
The legislator award recognizes local, state, or Federal legislators who've sponsored or advocated for legislation that benefits families impacted by violence. This year's winner, Delegate James M. (Jim) Scott of the Virginia House of Delegates, has sponsored and supported domestic and sexual violence legislation over his thirty-plus year legislative career.
For questions or additional information, please contact Sandy Bromley, Fairfax County County-Wide Domestic Violence Coordinator, (703) 324-9494.