About Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter

In 1984, the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) was founded by three Loudoun County women with only $3,000 in donations. The organization was incorporated under the name Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. and began doing business as Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and in 1985, the founders opened the shelter itself; the only place in Loudoun County where women and children fleeing domestic violence could find refuge.

Since then, LAWS has expanded to provide a full array of comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. Besides providing emergency shelter, LAWS also delivers assistance to victims at our Community Services Center where we provide counseling, legal services, support groups, parenting classes, advocacy, and community outreach. LAWS also operates a thrift store in downtown Leesburg called The Resourceful Woman and runs the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center. The Center is a public/private partnership among Loudoun County agencies and organizations dedicated to child victims of abuse and/or neglect.

On average, we provide direct services to over 1,000 adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence each year. LAWS has a staff of approximately 30 employees and 75 volunteers and our Board of Directors represents a diverse group of community leaders who provide governance and oversight to the organization .

At LAWS we seek to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence so that they may live lives free from fear, anxiety, and danger. All of our services are confidential and free of charge. To read more about the impact of our services, check out our LAWS at a Glance FY 2016.

Our Mission

The mission of LAWS is to serve adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; to empower, inform and advocate for adults and children; to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault and to work towards the elimination of personal and societal violence.

LAWS Board of Directors

LAWS has a volunteer Board of Directors of community leaders who provide governance and oversight of our organization.  Our Board is comprised of highly dedicated individuals representing our diverse community with various professional backgrounds including executives, business owners, law, marketing, finance, health, education, and real estate.

Officers

Chair, Cynthia A. Jennings — The BlackBear Group, LLC
Vice Chair, Katie McAuliffe Campbell — Amazon
Treasurer, Stephanie Nerantzis — Certified Public Accountant
Secretary, Alane Peragallo — Fairfax County Public Schools

Directors

Terrence Allen — Keller Williams Realty
Tracy Cross, RN — Inova Loudoun Hospital
Trisha Fletcher — Volkswagen Group of America
Amy Franzer — Volunteer, LAWS & Loudoun Child Advocacy Center
Steven Fraser — The Marketing Management Group, Inc.
Bonnie C. Little — Home & Office Network Solutions
Wanda Medina — Simple Bookkeeping Solutions
Deborah Owings — Loudoun County Public Schools
Michelle Roberts-Borden, MD — Loudoun Ob/Gyn
Rachelle G. Schroeder — U.S. Capitol Police
Josette Zahinda — United Airlines

Executive Director

Nicole Acosta

Financials

LAWS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is Loudoun County’s only provider of domestic and sexual violence services and provides services and programs at no cost to victims in need. LAWS receives government grant funding from the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the Loudoun County government.

LAWS is also supported by the United Way of the National Capital Area (#8145) and the Combined Federal Campaign (#23867), by generous contributions from individuals, private and corporate foundations, and community groups, by special fundraising events, and by our thrift shop, The Resourceful Woman.

To learn more, please review the below documents.

LAWS Tax Form 990 (Fiscal Year 2016)
LAWS Audited Financial Statements (Fiscal Year 2016)
IRS Letter of Determination