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Stacey B. Plichta, Old Dominion University associate professor of community and environmental health, has been appointed to the Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence. The commission is tasked with making recommendations to improve the treatment of victims of sexual violence and to prevent and respond to related crimes.

The commission will review the state's current plan regarding sexual violence, seek comment through public hearings and design strategies for best practices across the Virginia.

"The physical and emotional trauma suffered by victims of sexual violence, often compounded by silence and stigma surrounding the crime, calls for special attention in our response and prevention efforts," said Gov. Tim Kaine. "The commonwealth has made considerable progress in the management of sexually violent predators. We now need to focus the same level of energy and attention on the treatment of victims and the prevention of future acts."

The Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence will be co-chaired by Secretary of Health and Human Resources Marilyn B. Tavenner and Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall. The commission, which consists of 38 members, includes representatives of state agencies, law enforcement officials and health professionals.

Plichta earned her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Her area of expertise is in health services research, with a focus on domestic violence and women's health.

This article was posted on: December 4, 2006

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