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Building Safer Virginia Communities

October 13, 2008

Richmond, VA - Learning to build safer communities in Virginia is the goal of a new award from the state Attorney General's office. Nominations are being sought for the "Safe Communities Award," to recognize some of the best ideas, people and programs in Commonwealth communities working to prevent domestic violence.

Attorney General Bob McDonnell says, with all the resources available, no one in Virginia should have to suffer from domestic or sexual abuse.

"Whether it's from a stranger or from a husband, wife, domestic partner - nobody has to take that in Virginia. And my office, law enforcement, and private-sector offices are here to help."

One of the keys to preventing abuse, he adds, is educating victims and communities that help is available.

"There are intervention services; there are court services; there are police who will take a very pro-active approach. We don't want any person to be abused in Virginia."

The underlying reason for the award, McDonnell explains, is to learn which programs are working well and implement some of their best practices in a broader plan to fight domestic violence throughout the state. He hopes it will also glean some recommendations for the General Assembly to consider.

Nominations will be accepted through the end of January, 2009. Learn more online at

Eric Mack/Steve Powers, Public News Service - VA