For Immediate Release - October 16, 2012

AG Coakley Awarded for Her Work on Behalf of Victims

Received “Timothy White Take a Stand Award” from Domestic Violence Agency

BOSTON – In recognition of her work on behalf of victims in the Commonwealth, Attorney General Martha Coakley has been honored with the 2012 “Timothy White Take a Stand Award”, presented by RESPOND, Inc., a Somerville domestic violence agency.   

“I am honored to receive this award from this remarkable organization, which is dedicated to offering critical services to domestic violence victims,” AG Coakley said. “Domestic violence does not discriminate and affects people of all walks of life. I look forward to continuing to work with organizations like RESPOND to help victims of domestic violence get the help they need and prevent such abuse from happening in the first place.”

The award was presented on Friday Night at RESPOND, Inc.’s annual Domestic Violence Gala held at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. Founded in 1974, RESPOND, Inc. is New England's first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. The organization, a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, provides shelter and support services to thousands of survivors of domestic abuse, and uses prevention, education, and training to promote healthy relationships.

Upon receiving her award, AG Coakley spoke about her efforts on behalf of victims, beginning with her work as Middlesex District Attorney, where she handled several tragic homicide cases that were the result of domestic violence. When she took office as AG in 2007, she dedicated efforts to expand the Victim and Witness Services Bureau to ensure that victims of crime had a voice in the Commonwealth and an advocate in the courts.

In 2010, AG Coakley and staff from her office worked with the legislature to pass a bill that updated the Victims of Violent Crimes Compensation statute by raising the compensation amounts available to eligible victims and their families for certain expenses, including crime scene clean-up, counseling for parents of minor aged victims, and funeral and burial expenses. Through the AG’s Victim Compensation and Assistance Division, victims have also been provided with the financial support and assistance they need for other necessary expenses like medical care and mental health counseling. 

The late Timothy White was a noted American rock music journalist and editor. In 1999, a group of women songwriters from the Boston area put together a benefit CD set called RESPOND.  The proceeds went to RESPOND, Inc. and ultimately generated more than $125,000 for victims. The CD was championed by Timothy White, who named the CD set his favorite album of the year.

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