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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ Attorney General Herring presented Det. Bernard Adams, Kristine Hall, and Stacie Vecchietti inaugural Unsung Heroes Award during afternoon ceremony ~

RICHMOND (April 6, 2017) - This afternoon, Attorney General Mark R. Herring honored Det. Bernard Adams of the Richmond Police Department, Kristine Hall, policy director of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and Stacie Vecchietti, director of the Virginia Anti-Violence Project with the inaugural Unsung Heroes Award for their dedication and excellence in victims' services. During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Attorney General Herring held the ceremony to recognize men and women across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to serving victims and fighting for their rights.


"When a Virginian seeks justice, safety, and support following a crime, men and women from across Virginia are there waiting with open arms and hearts, but far too often their tireless efforts goes unacknowledged," said Attorney General Herring. "I am proud to honor Det. Adams, Kristine, Stacie, and Virginians like them with the inaugural Unsung Heroes award, and am glad to have had the opportunity to express our thanks for their important work."


Below is a biography of each recipient from the Richmond area:

Detective Bernard L. Adams
Detective, Richmond Police Department

Detective Bernard Adams has been with the Richmond Police Department for over 29 years. He was instrumental in getting over 700 officers trained on the Lethality Assessment Protocol to help reduce the likelihood of domestic homicides. He is responsible for investigating cases in the Youth and Family Crimes division of the Major Crimes Unit and you can always reach him when needed to assist with community meetings and events. Detective Adams recognizes that law enforcement response to victims is critical in determining how victims cope, first with the immediate crisis and later, with their recovery from the crime.


Kristine Hall
Policy Director at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Since 2005, Kristine has served as the policy director for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, working daily to ensure that the Alliance's policy work addresses the urgent needs of victims and promotes a comprehensive approach to responding to and preventing sexual and intimate partner violence.  Each General Assembly session, she is a constant presence at the Capitol, working to educate legislators on domestic violence and sexual assault issues, advocate for victims and for those agencies across the state providing victim services, and promote reasonable, evidence-based, trauma-informed legislative responses.  Ms. Hall lends her expertise to many working groups.  She is known for always been ready to assist policy makers with expertise and wisdom.  Ms. Hall currently serves on the Attorney General's Steering Committee, providing technical assistance for the Sexual Assault Kit testing initiative.


Stacie Vecchietti
Virginia Anti-Violence Project

Ms. Vecchietti has dedicated her career to helping victims of violence.  From her roles with both state governments and non-profits that serve victims, to now leading the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, she has never wavered in her commitment to survivors.  VAVP works to provide a world free from all forms of violence, such as: homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism racism, classism, sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, ageism, hate violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, state-sanctioned violence, stalking, bullying and harassment.  Virginia Anti-Violence Project is committed to addressing and ending violence, with a specific focus on LGBTQ communities across Virginia.


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