The Louise Furst STOPDV Award is named after Louise Furst, a longtime member of the community and supporter of STOPDV. Louise is one of the founding members of the Central Arkansas Women's Shelter (now known as the RISE House), and has a passion for helping and supporting survivors of domestic violence. This award is given to a person who embodies all that Louise does and will go the extra mile to ensure that all survivors of domestic violence can regain their power and their voice.
Our 2022 Louise Furst Award was presented to Hon. Judge Ed Clawson at our Candlelight Vigil honoring victims & survivors of domestic violence. Judge Clawson has been a tremendous help behind STOPDV's impact, particularly within Faulkner County District Court, and has gone above and beyond for victims of violent crime. Judge Clawson has a long history as an active member in Faulkner County, serving as a circuit judge for over 25 years. Now serving in 2nd Division District Court starting in 2020, he has been able to serve the community even further, spreading positive impact for survivors of domestic violence and beyond.
STOPDV is honored to present our 2021 Louise Furst Award to the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, Carol Crews. In January of 2019, Carol Crews was sworn in as the first woman to hold the position of elected prosecuting attorney for Faulkner County and has been a tremendous help to our organization since we began the very same year. Combined with a passion to assist survivors of domestic violence of all ages and her experience in criminal law, she has been able to be of great help to those in need of services and spread the word about our mission.
The Honorable Judge David Reynolds has been awarded the 2020 Louise First Award. Judge Reynolds served the Central Arkansas community for 31 years before his retirement in January 2021. Over the past years, Judge Reynolds worked in conjunction with STOPDV to raise awareness about domestic violence, and keep victims of domestic violence safe in Faulkner County. His commitment to justice and passion for serving the community make Judge Reynolds the perfect recipient of this award.
Judge H.G. Foster was our 2019 Louise Furst Award recipient. Judge Foster has worked diligently over the last 20 years to bring STOPDV to life. The original founder of STOPDV, Judge Foster has been instrumental in founding our organization. It has been his passion project to create a specialized domestic violence court in Faulkner County and to have an organization that can assist survivors in the difficult process that is living through a domestic violence court case.
Judge H.G. Foster
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