Victim’s Rights from a Victim’s Perspective-Lisa Spicknall-DC Public Safety Radio

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The program interviews Lisa Spicknall, Program Manager for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving and victim’s advocate for law enforcement and nonprofit agencies.

Lisa is not only a victim’s advocate, she is the victim of a horrific act of domestic violence. Her former husband murdered her two children.  Lisa used the murder of Destiny and Richie to become a fierce advocate for victim’s rights. She has advocated through a variety of national media outlets from ABC News to People Magazine (The Heroes Among Us Award) among others.

From ABC News: “When Lisa Spicknall was thrown down the stairs by her husband Richard, with her toddler son in her arms, she decided to pick herself up and walk out on her marriage.

After eight years in a troubled relationship, she left the marriage for the sake of her two children, 3-year-old Destiny and 2-year-old Richie.

“That night, he could have killed my son,” says Lisa, now 26. “And that’s when I made the decision that that was enough.”

Nine months later, in September 1999, her estranged-husband murdered both their children.

“He wanted the ultimate hurt and he found it,” she says.

The murder of her two children was not only a crime committed by a man who was trying to get back at his soon-to-be ex-wife in a horrific and unimaginable way. It was a crime that should have been prevented by laws that stop accused abusers under protective orders from buying guns. And it was a crime that shed light on a statewide problem that can have fatal consequences.”

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The Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project offers a video on research to reduce recidivism as well as brief but powerful overviews of reentry and sentencing research. See .

The U.S. DOJ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships recently held two successful webinars on Faith and Community Based approaches to Reentry and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives. Click the links below to watch/listen to these informative webinars.

  1.  Faith and Community Based Approaches to Responsible Fatherhood and its Impact on Delinquency Prevention, see
  2. A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry, see

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