Adults who Experienced Domestic Violence in Childhood (AEDVC) Leadership Forum

The AEDVC Leadership Forum is comprised of advocates in the movement to end gender based violence who identify as having experienced domestic violence in childhood. The Leadership Forum was established to amplify the voices and experiences of AEDVC to enhance our work to end domestic violence.
We envision a movement that includes the perspectives and priorities of AEDVC in the provision of services, the development of policies, the direction of research, and the general approach to effectively address and prevent domestic violence.
The goals of the AEDVC Leadership Forum are to:

  1. Promote the leadership of AEDVC within the movement to end domestic violence.
  2. Be a resource to those seeking technical assistance, training, and guidance related to this issue.
  3. Promote the development of trauma-informed research and information that influences policy and practice impacting children exposed.

Read more about the Purpose, Goals, and Beliefs of the AEDVC Leadership Forum.

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Members of the AEDVC Leadership Forum are available to provide technical assistance and training, serve as project advisors, write or review materials, and for consultation on the development of research, programs, and policies that may impact the lives of children exposed to domestic violence.

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Steering Committee Members

The AEDVC Leadership Forum Steering Committee, comprised of 13 active members, meets bimonthly and is responsible for guiding the work of the group.

Laurie Jorgensen Bauer has worked for over 20 years in the field of interventions for victims of domestic and sexual violence. She spent 7 years at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (now End Abuse Wisconsin), and also worked for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. In addition to her direct contact with victims, she is a proficient legal advocate and a consultant on Best Practices for Coordinated Community Responses. She currently lives in Wisconsin and coordinates a Visitation and Safe Exchange Program.


Rebecca Balog has a deep-rooted self-identity as an advocate. Rebecca brings 14 years of healthy relationships and anti-violence work through national and grassroots activism. Firmly committed to raising cultural awareness, she believes cross-cultural bridges and unified voices across communities are a foundation for social change. As a member of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center team, Rebecca serves as Grants Compliance Manager, tracking and overseeing program grants, deliverables and reporting outcomes for various NIWRC projects. Rebecca also provides support for NIWRC Technical Assistance projects. Rebecca has been a facilitator/researcher/writer in various capacities: domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, homelessness intervention, reproductive justice, economic justice, intergenerational trauma, first responding against hate crimes, Disabilities, human rights, leadership building, mentor projects, advocacy in anti-oppression, specialized Indigenous community advocacy and introduction concepts to Tribal Nations in mainstream programs. Rebecca invests in the restoration of sovereignty for Native women, safety for all families and networking with allies who challenge both visible and invisible privilege. Through the teachings of her mentor, Rebecca firmly believes healed people heal people and hurt people hurt people. We are all on a healing journey. Rebecca is excited and honored to be a part of this healing journey with other sisters and brothers dedicated to keeping healthy relationships as the center of our circles, as healthy relationships and healthy communities is our path to healing. Rebecca was born and raised in Pennsylvania and is Oglala Lakota, Mohawk, and Czechoslovakian Gypsy/Romani descent. She has lived in various areas of the northern, central and southern Mid-Atlantic Region and offers liaison advocacy to Native families on Turtle Island in her spare time as a community volunteer. Rebecca is also a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Women of Color Network, Inc. RBalog.jpg


James Henderson is a technical assistance provider for the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through the Battered Women’s Justice Project. From 1991-2008, Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor MI. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family oriented substance abuse program for drug using young people and their families. He has served two terms as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001-2006. Jim has designed and conducted training on the effective interviewing of domestic violence offenders and victims. He is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Battered Women’s Justice Program, and The Center for Court Innovation. He received his Master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Casey Keene has served in various capacities at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence since 2001. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey is an expert consultant and trainer on the statewide, national, and international level. Most recently, she worked on the Honor Our Voices online training for supporting children in shelter and the Change a Life Program to promote resiliency in children exposed. As a young woman, Casey formed a strong partnership with her mother in the on-going struggle for safety and freedom from her mother’s batterer. She is determined to share her story to influence the ways in which advocacy is done on behalf of children exposed to domestic violence. Ms. Keene holds a Master’s in Social Work from Temple University, and has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for 13 years. Casey108_5X7
Ericka Kimball, PhD, LISW is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. In addition to conducting research in the area of child exposure to domestic violence, she shares her experiences of domestic violence from childhood to adulthood. She has worked with Casey Keene and other leading researchers in the field of violence against women and children exposed to domestic violence to develop and implement two online training resources to guide practitioners (Honor Our Voices) and the general public (Change a Life Program) in supporting children who have been exposed to domestic violence. kimball faculty 162.JPG
Elizabeth Marx is a Staff Attorney for the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP), where she provides advocacy, training, consultation and support services in energy and utility matters on behalf of Pennsylvania’s low-income residents and community organizations. She has a substantial background in family, utility, and housing law. Prior to joining PULP, Elizabeth worked as a Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  There, she provided state-wide training and supportive services to legal professionals and consulted on public policy matters affecting victims of domestic violence.  In particular, Elizabeth provided extensive input and analysis on the recent overhaul of Pennsylvania’s child custody and child abuse reporting laws. While in law school, Elizabeth worked as a certified legal intern for the Civil Legal Representation Project at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, where she provided direct representation for victims of domestic violence in protection from abuse, child custody, and divorce proceedings. Prior to her legal career, she worked as a volunteer and overnight advocate in a local domestic violence program for nearly 10 years. Elizabeth received her B.A. in political science & women’s studies from Temple University and her J.D. from Widener School of Law, Harrisburg. Elizabeth is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Johnny Rice II, Dr.PH. is a senior program associate with the Supervised Visitation Initiative (SVI) at the Vera Institute of Justice in their Center on Victimization and Safety. He has spent the past 17 years providing leadership, technical assistance and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. He currently serves as a National Steering Committee member for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), Constituent Advisory Board Member for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Board President for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Dr. Rice has a BS and MS degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and holds a Doctor of Public Health Degree from Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy where his study emphasis was violence prevention and intervention. He currently serves as adjunct faculty for Penn State’s World University and is a proud husband and father. JohnnyRiceII


Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran is an advocate and survivor. She currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Planning for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) where she has worked in various other roles since 2004 including serving as the Prevention and Social Change Initiatives Coordinator. Prior to working for FCADV, she worked as a Homeless Advocate for the City of Miami Beach’s Neighborhood Services Department. Julie Ann began her career in the movement to end domestic violence by providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a volunteer and eventual employee of Alternatives for Battered Women in Rochester, NY. Julie Ann also served as Shelter Manager for Refuge House in Tallahassee, FL. Julie Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College, and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She is also a certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator.  Since Florida’s 2004 hurricane season where four major hurricanes made landfall, Julie Ann has provided onsite disaster response and critical incident intervention for domestic violence center staff both locally and nationally including assisting after Hurricane Katrina. JA Rivers-Cochran Office.jpg


Kristen Selleck is the National Training Director for David Mandel & Associates (DMA). With more than 10 years experience in the domestic violence field, Kristen oversees DMA’s training. She has written numerous curricula about domestic violence and the Safe and Together™ model. She supervises DMA’s national trainers and has presented nationally and internationally on the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Prior to working with DMA, Kristen has had a varied background in the domestic violence field, including having worked directly with victims and perpetrators of abuse, having trained various populations and worked on policy and legislative initiatives. Having served for three years as a domestic violence consultant to child welfare in New Haven, CT, Kristen worked to assist child welfare staff to better understand perpetrators’ behaviors, the effects of domestic violence on children, and the safety planning and strengths of the non-offending parents. In addition, prior to her work in child welfare, Kristen was a Family Violence Victim Advocate in the Danbury (CT) Superior Court. Kristen holds her MSW with a concentration in policy practice from the University of Connecticut and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 7.06.03 PM


Zulema (Ruby) White Starr is Program Director of Family Violence under the Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program (FVDR Program) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). In this capacity she directs the operation of children’s programs including the national Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody and the FVDR Program’s technical assistance around co-occurrence and follow-up for the Federal Greenbook Initiative, an interagency collaboration to address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Ms. White’s main areas of focus include issues relevant to children exposed to domestic violence, resilience, and cultural competence. She serves as board chair for the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza), is a former national advisory committee member for the Women of Color Network, and past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. Ms. White Starr is the author of several publications, including Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence, Promoting Safety in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment, and Tapping Innate Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. She holds a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. White shares her personal experience as a child witness and child and adult victim of domestic violence with the media and to various groups throughout the country in hopes that her experiences will lead to better practices and outcomes for both battered women and their children. Me


Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 25 years has been as a private attorney; an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice; a consultant to many local, state and national organizations; a nationally sought speaker and author. Olga is featured in the video A Survivor’s Story, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. In 2006, Olga received the Bud Cramer Leadership Award given by National Children’s Alliance for her work to help professionals around the country better understand the impact of violence on children. Olga’s memoir for New Harbinger Publications entitled The Sum of My Parts was released in October 2011. She also co-authored a Handbook for Attorneys, Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges which was released in January 2012. Olga currently writes a blog for Psychology Today. Olga