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Gigi Lawless, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and Victim Witness Program Director
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Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and Victim Witness Program Director Gigi Lawless joined the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in 2003. In 2016, Lawless was awarded the Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Prosecutor Award. This statewide award recognizes a prosecutor who works tirelessly to improve the juvenile justice system and the prosecution of cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual assault and elder abuse. As a key member of the Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team, Lawless assists in coordinating a county-wide response to domestic violence. Additionally, Lawless was part of a multi-disciplinary team that brought the first ever Child Advocacy Center (CAC) to Loudoun County. She is often seen working in conjunction with the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS) to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence throughout Loudoun County. 

Lawless is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Prior to beginning her tenure with the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Lawless served as an Assistant District Attorney General for the City of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee and as a Public Defender in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lisa Cockerille, Victim Witness Case Manager
Victim Witness Case Manager Lisa Cockerille began her career with Loudoun County in 1988.  In 1993, Ms. Cockerille was promoted to serve as one of three staff members assigned to the newly formed Loudoun County Victim Witness Program. Ms. Cockerille handles all types of cases, but her focus is assisting children who are victims of child abuse and sexual assault, and adult victims of rape, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  Ms. Cockerille is a member of the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center Multi-Disciplinary Team, and is dedicated to supporting the continued development and implementation of a child-centered approach when investigating cases of child abuse and neglect.  In addition to numerous Virginia Victim Assistance Network and victim advocacy trainings, Ms. Cockerille has completed trainings offered by the Tahirih Justice Center on protecting immigrant women and girls and T-Visa application training for victims of human trafficking.      

Taryn Kirk, Victim Witness Domestic Violence Case Manager
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Victim Witness Domestic Violence Case Manager Taryn Kirk joined the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program in 2012. Ms. Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and master’s degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University. As a victim advocate, she is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of domestic violence victims by providing support and information throughout the criminal justice process. Ms. Kirk is a member of the Loudoun County Domestic Abuse Response Team and collaborates with other D.A.R.T. partners encouraging the legal exchange of critical information leading to a uniform and consistent response to domestic and family violence in Loudoun County.  In 2013, Ms. Kirk graduated from the DCJS Virginia Victim Assistance Academy and she regularly attends victim assistance and domestic violence advocacy trainings.

Elizabeth Cote, Victim Witness Case Manager
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Victim Witness Case Manager Elizabeth Cote began her career as a full time law enforcement officer in 1999.  In 2014, Ms. Cote joined the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program.  Ms. Cote holds a bachelor’s degree from Post University, a master’s degree in paralegal studies from The George Washington University, and is currently completing coursework for a bachelor’s of science in nursing.  As a bilingual case advocate, fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Cote often volunteers to assist in cases with Spanish speaking victims.  Ms. Cote attends the Virginia Victim’s Assistance Network Crime Victims’ Issues Conference yearly, along with various other victim advocacy trainings offered throughout the Commonwealth.

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