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Lawrence domestic violence court advocate recognized for service to crime victims

Release Date: Apr 24, 2020

LAWRENCE — (April 24, 2020) — Shannon Reid of the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence was recognized this week for her service to crime victims as part of the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

Reid was notified by the attorney general’s office this week in lieu of an in-person awards ceremony typically held during the state’s annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference that she has received the Outstanding Community-Based Advocate Award.

Reid has dedicated more than eight years to serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. As the Willow Domestic Violence Center's Court Advocacy Program Coordinator and Assistant Director of Court Services, Reid advocates for survivors and helps them navigate the legal system during a very overwhelming period in their life.

In nominating Reid for the award, Taylor Jones of the Willow Domestic Violence Center said Reid “shares her extensive knowledge of court processes freely with staff, survivors, and the community. Shannon can be found in courtrooms in Franklin, Douglas and Jefferson County, but her influence has spread far beyond.”

The annual recognition of those who provide outstanding service to victims of crime was scheduled to take place at the 23rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference hosted by the governor and attorney general. The conference was to take place April 1-2 in Wichita, but was canceled due to the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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