Executive Director of Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter Named 2018 Ally in Prevention Award Winner

Executive Director of Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter Named 2018 Ally in Prevention Award Winner

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Dr. Judith Hanley has been named a 2018 Ally in Prevention by SCAN of Northern Virginia. Leon Harris, NBC4, presented the 16th Annual Ally in Prevention Awards at a luncheon on April 6th. Carine McCandless, New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Truth, gave a Keynote Address to those in attendance.

Dr. Judy Hanley has led two of the largest agencies serving at-risk families in Loudoun County – the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center and, today, the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). In both demanding positions, two things never changed: her strong, positive work ethic and a commitment to always put the client first. Her tireless work at these agencies has resulted in growing teams of professionals across Loudoun who have the most up-to-date training and trauma-informed knowledge as well as fundamental values that are child-centered and compassionate.

In the 10 years that Judy was at the CAC, she reviewed more than 1,200 forensic interviews and reviewed more than 1,400 cases of child abuse. At LAWS, she leads the organization as it serves more than 1,000 survivors of domestic and sexual violence every year. Her work is intense, yet she maintains a personal sense of strength, focus, and joy, a fact that does not go unnoticed by her employees.

“I have relied heavily on Judy’s expertise, compassion, and advice when working with parents of children affected by trauma,” notes one nominator. “Whenever I have grappled with a difficult case or ethical dilemma, Judy has always been able to guide me towards a resolution using the client-centered principles that have dictated her own work and made her into such a strong leader.”

Almost all of her nominators commented on Judy’s “fearlessness” in her work when it comes to doing what is best for children. From making phone calls to advocate for a child’s mental health needs to accompanying victims to court to testifying as an expert, Judy diligently and willingly addresses every detail that could make a difference.

Judy has also spent much of her career bringing together partner agencies and filling gaps in the system so that the community can best serve its children.

“I am most proud of the increased collaboration and communication among all investigative, prosecution, and treatment providers in Loudoun who serve children who have been abused,” notes Judy. “I consider it one of my greatest achievements.”

Judy’s husband, Matt Hanley, has always supported her in this very challenging work. “He is my best friend,” adds Judy, “and I appreciate his support in not only the work that I do, but also as being a team player in raising our son.”

Other local individuals honored this year include:

Alexandria — Cindi Christensen, Alexandria CPS Hotline

Arlington — Cheryl Fuentes, Arlington County Project Family

Fairfax — Bootsie Humenansky, SafeSpot Child Advocacy Center

Prince William — Jennifer Kooyoomjian, Prince William County Intensive Juvenile Probation Officer

SCAN also launched Year 2 of the 2018 Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign, Parenting Can Be Tough, at the event. 

“This is an excellent message to parents of all children,” noted Judy, “especially those children who may be victims of abuse and are experiencing trauma. This is a reminder that parenting is one of the most difficult jobs that a person will have. SCAN is a wonderful resource for parents.”

Browse a photo gallery of the awards on Facebook here: https://www.facebook. com/SCANVA/posts/ 10155680813180735

Learn more about the awards here: www.scanva.org/awards

Learn more about the Parenting Can Be Tough campaign here: www.parentingcanbetough. com

Brian Reynolds