For Immediate Release - February 16, 2007


In a ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, HAWC Executive Director Candace Waldron presented Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett with the 2007 HAWC Community Award for his work in confronting domestic violence

District Attorney Blodgett was one of four recipients of the award. The others were Joan Ingraham, Trustee Emerita, HAWC, Gail Arnold, a licensed mental health professional at North Shore Children's Hospital, and Attorney Barbara C. Younger, a volunteer with HAWC's Legal Services Program.

District Attorney Blodgett is the President of the Massachusetts District Attorney's Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.

Executive Director Waldron noted that District Attorney Blodgett has filed legislation three times to double prison sentences for domestic batterers. Last year the legislation passed the Senate, but time expired in the session before it could be passed by the House of Representatives. District Attorney Blodgett is confident that it will become law in 2007.

District Attorney Blodgett has consistently addressed the issue of domestic violence with local schools, the faith community and the business community. In addition, his office regularly offers trainings to law enforcement to better facilitate the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence crimes. Members of his Community Awareness and Prevention Team serve on Domestic Violence Roundtables in Gloucester, Lynn and Saugus, as well as the W.I.T.H. Roundtable (Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield and Hamilton).

I gratefully accept this award, and pledge to continue to do all I can to confront domestic violence," said District Attorney Blodgett. "Through education, my staff and I will try to prevent incidents of domestic violence. And through vigorous prosecution, we will hold batterers accountable for their actions. Working together, we can stop the cycle of abuse."