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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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October 2, 2012

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
honored by United States Attorney
Sue Julian also recognized for distinguished career
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic
Violence was honored this week in Wheeling for its efforts to eliminate domestic violence
in the state.
United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II recognized the Coalition for thirty years
of service to the people of West Virginia and presented the group with a 2012 United States
Attorney’s Award.
“The Coalition is one of the most important social service organizations in our state,”
said Ihlenfeld. “Thanks to the Coalition victims of domestic violence have a place to go
when they can’t go home, they have advocates to help them navigate the legal system, and
they have resources to start a new life free from violence.”
Sue Julian was recognized separately and presented with a United States Attorney’s
Award for her exceptional service as team coordinator of the Coalition since 1988. Julian
has worked for over two decades with a focus on building a strong statewide domestic
violence network, on developing and strengthening public policy as it relates to domestic
violence, oppression and civil rights issues; and in making connections between violence
in homes, communities, and the world.
“There aren’t many people who have changed the culture of an entire state, but Sue
Julian has done just that,” said Ihlenfeld, a former domestic violence prosecutor in Ohio
County. “Sue has changed the way that domestic violence is perceived in West Virginia and
the way we respond to domestic violence.”
Incorporated in 1981, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a
state-wide non-profit that exists to eliminate violence against women, children, and men.
WVCADV, Julian honored

The Coalition has fourteen member programs that provide direct services to victims
and operate outreach offices throughout the state. Direct service providers respond to the
needs of victims on a 24-hour basis by providing safe emergency housing, case
management, peer counseling and group support, information and referral, advocacy, and
victims rights information.

Sue Julian, William Ihlenfeld II, Tonia Thomas

For more information about the services offered by the Coalition please go to its
website at