Jennifer Waindle, an investigator with the DeKalb County District Attorney, recently won the Georgia Commission on Family Violence's 2017 Gender Justice Award. The organization seeks to recognize leaders in social justice work for the better of women with this award.

In 2014, Waindle implemented the first formal firearms protocol in the State of Georgia on a misdemeanor level aimed at retrieving firearms from probationers and enforcing the federal firearms ban for persons convicted of family violence offenses. Prior to her current role, Waindle was a supervisor for DeKalb County State Court Probation where she was responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Supervision for domestic violence probationers, a specialized unit that works from a systems perspective to enhance victim safety and defendant accountability. Waindle conducts training for various agencies across Georgia. She has designed and implemented policies and procedures regarding the monitoring of high-risk domestic violence probationers for officers and has mentored other probation agencies in Georgia. 

Waindle's work directly aligns with the Safer Families, Safer Communities project, said Kristine Lizdas, JD, Legal Policy Director at the Battered Women's Justice Project.

"Since learning of her project years ago, I regularly point to Jennifer as a shining example of how much difference one committed leader can make in a community in disarming dangerous domestic violence offenders," Lizdas said. "Jennifer is a fantastic example of courage, creativity and determination. The Safer Families, Safer Communities Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms continues to promote the model program she built with her partners in DeKalb County."

To read the Georgia Commission on Family Violence's press release, click here.

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