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In honor of her exemplary service to the people of Middlesex County and for her dedication to combating domestic violence, Jacquelin Apsler, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc., was presented with the Paul R. McLaughlin Community Activist Award at a ceremony held in Woburn, by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
The Paul R. McLaughlin Community Activist award is presented to an assistant district attorney, a victim witness advocate, a support staff or a community advocate for working in a selfless manner to collaborate with communities as a partner in creating a safer environment to live in. Jacquelin Apsler, a community advocate, is the Executive Director of Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. and a board member of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable. DVSN is a community collaboration among central Middlesex police departments and non-profit agencies who train volunteers to proactively advocate for victims of domestic violence and to offer immediate and follow-up crisis intervention services, including risk assessment, safety planning, and connection with supportive community resources. DVSN services Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Wayland, and Hanscom Air Force Base.
"Jackie is a true partner in the fight to combat domestic violence and assist victims in breaking down barriers against disclosure which all too often prevent victims from extricating themselves from an abusive relationship," District Attorney Leone said. "Jackie works tirelessly, training over 200 police officers a year. Jackie understands the importance of not only working together, but of learning together and learning from one another. She is an unsung hero in the fight against domestic violence and why she was awarded the Paul R. McLaughlin Community Activist Award."
Vigil is Call to Action
October 13, 2009 by Jacquelin Apsler, Reprinted Courtesy of the Lincoln JournalLincoln - Lincoln Police Chief Kevin Mooney, speaking at a vigil for victims of domestic violence homicide, highlighted the staggering numbers of domestic violence incidents across the nation, within Massachusetts, and in the bucolic environs of suburban towns like Lincoln.
One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. In the United States, a woman is battered every nine seconds. Domestic violence kills 10 women every day in the United States. Thirty percent of teens report that they or someone they know has experienced dating violence. The brutality and oppression is astounding, even in Lincoln,” Mooney said.
The vigil, held at the First Parish in Lincoln on Oct. 6, was organized and co-sponsored by Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) and the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable. It commemorated the lives of 23 women, children and men lost to domestic violence in Massachusetts in the past year.
Mooney said he was stunned by the brutality of abuse in cases from the early 1990s and those of today as he researched past and current cases for his presentation. Physical abuse, emotional cruelty, fear, and intimidation are prevalent in all communities and cross all economic and educational levels. But, in the 1990s, “all we knew to do was to tell the primary abuser to just take a walk around the block,” he said.
Today, we can arrest abusive partners or family members, and restraining orders can be issued to help protect victims,” he said.
According to Mooney, in 2008, Lincoln police answered 44 domestic calls (33 in town and 11 at Hanscom), made 14 arrests, and helped issue 14 restraining orders. In 2009 to date, the police have had 30 domestic calls with 12 arrests and 12 restraining orders.