October 02, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today offered her congratulations to Judge Susan B. Carbon of Chichester on her appointment as the Director of the Office of Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. Shaheen recommended Carbon, a New Hampshire District Court Judge for nearly 20 years, for the position earlier this year.

"I have known Judge Carbon for nearly two decades, and have long admired her exemplary career in public service and her dedication to defending the rights of women and children," said Shaheen. "Judge Carbon was the driving force behind many of New Hampshire's efforts to strengthen domestic legal protections for women, and I'm so happy she will now lead the charge on this important issue nationwide."

Carbon was appointed as a part-time District Court Judge in 1991. From 1993 to 1994, Carbon served as the president of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Shaheen, as governor, nominated Carbon to serve as a full-time District Court judge in 1996. At that time, Carbon was named the Supervisory Judge on the Judicial Branch Family Division because of her commitment to domestic violence and other family issues, and still holds this position today. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the DePaul University College of Law, she is a member of the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and until recently chaired New Hampshire's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She is the immediate past president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and currently serves as the Lead Model Court Judge for a project that improves court practices surrounding child protection cases related to foster care and adoption in New Hampshire.

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides national leadership in developing the nation's capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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