Skoufis honors domestic violence victim advocate

Mid Hudson News

January 14, 2020

Originally published in Mid Hudson News on January 14, 2020.

NEWBURGH – Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) recently presented Joanna Janik of Fearless!, previously known as Safe Homes of Orange County, with a Senate Commendation Award. The Commendation Award is bestowed upon civilians who have gone out of their way to give back to the community and are of dedicated service to others.


“At a time when we need more individuals in society to be giving and caring, Joanna is a symbol of just that,” said Senator Skoufis. “Joanna has had an incredible career fighting to ensure that families in Orange County have a safe place to call home. She has been a dedicated advocate for survivors of domestic violence, as well as a staunch supporter for programs that empower survivors to flourish. Joanna is beyond deserving of this award and I thank her for going above and beyond to make our county a safer and healthier place.”