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ODU's Lombardo Receives Governor's Award for Work to Protect Children

Lucien Lombardo, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, is one of five recipients of the Governor's Advisory Board (GAB) on Child Abuse and Neglect awards to outstanding advocates for children.

"The commonwealth recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, but these devoted defenders of children protect Virginia's youngest and most vulnerable citizens every day," said Paul McWhinney, director of the division of family services for the Virginia Department of Social Services. "Their commitment and the importance of their work cannot be overstated."

Lombardo, a renowned expert on children and violence, is co-faculty adviser for In Support of Children, a nonpartisan, nonprofit service organization that advocates for an end to all forms of child maltreatment, especially physical punishment of children, and the promotion of positive partnering techniques.

"Lou is an excellent example of the faculty in our department - individuals who are so passionate about their research that their efforts extend beyond the classroom," said Randy Gainey, chair of the sociology and criminal justice department. "We are pleased that the Governor and the GAB chose to recognize him with this award and we are honored to work alongside him."

For many years, Lombardo has produced educational series on child abuse prevention, and is responsible for bringing many nationally and internationally recognized children scholars, researchers and advocates to speak at ODU. His teaching and research also have explored, among other topics, violence in the world of children. His most current research focuses on assessing the impact the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will have on the lives of children.

Lombardo, the author of numerous articles, professional presentations and op-ed pieces in his areas of expertise, was co-editor in 2005 of a special edition of the journal Global Bioethics, titled "Children and Young People in a Changing World." He serves as an advisory board member of End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA), part of the Center for Effective Discipline.

The GAB Awards were presented at this year's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month Conference in Richmond on April 22.

This article was posted on: April 27, 2010

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