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First name
Bunny
Last name
Chidester
Phone number
(804) 659-6753
Location

1100 Bank St
Richmond, VA 23219
United States

Organization
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Job title
Victims Services Program Specialist
Bio

Bunny Chidester is a Victims Services Program Specialist, monitoring compliance and providing technical assistance for programs and localities in the Western region funded by the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP), Victim Witness Grant Program (VWGP), Virginia Services, Training Officers, Prosecution (V-STOP), Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund (VSDVVF) and the Victim Services Grant Program (VSGP).  Bunny has worked in the field of Human Services since 1996, originally in child abuse prevention and mentoring young parents and teens. She has been an advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, with a passion for Primary Prevention work and youth advocacy. She developed and coordinated a 6-year peer mentoring program for 8th-12th grade students in King George, VA.  Bunny worked as a contract trainer for VDH, JMU, and the VA Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance for 7 years.  In 2013, the Action Alliance awarded her their Blue Ribbon Catalyst Award for Child and Youth Advocacy.  She is certified as a facilitator for the Richmond Peace Education Center’s (RPEC) Conflict Resolution, Help Increase the Peace, and Healing and Rebuilding Our Community programs. RPEC awarded Bunny their 2018 Peacemaker of the Year award for her work with youth and her commitment to social justice.  She comes to DCJS having worked from 2016-2020 as a DV Program Specialist at the VDSS Office of Family Violence, and 2020-2021 at SAFE in Chesterfield as a Prevention Specialist/Grant Coordinator.  

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