About Us


NRCDV’s mission is to strengthen and transform efforts to end domestic violence.



NRCDV strives to be a trusted national leader and sustainable organization, renowned for innovation, multi-disciplinary approaches and a commitment to ensuring that policy, practice and research is grounded in and guided by the voices and experiences of domestic violence survivors and advocates.

Click here to learn how we support efforts to end domestic violence


After being established in 1993 with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NRCDV operated as a national project housed within the structure of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) before spinning off an independent organization in 2011. Today, through its many key initiatives such as VAWnet, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the Domestic Violence Evidence Project, and Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, NRCDV works collaboratively to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Its comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.

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FY 2013 Annual Report FY 2013 Audit Statement FY 2013 Federal 990               
FY 2012 Annual Report FY 2012 Audit Statement FY 2012 Federal 990 

NRCDV builds on over 22 years of accomplishments as it works to strengthen the capacity of programs responding to domestic violence victims and their families, promote effective public policy, institutional responses and research, and increase engagement in prevention.

Three well-tested strategies continue to frame the core of NRCDV’s work: technical assistance & training, resource development, and the design and implementation of key initiatives that facilitate a deeper focus on a particular issue or population. As in past years, NRCDV’s project goals, objectives, approaches and activities have been developed in response to feedback from the field and analysis of over 55,000 requests for assistance since 1994 when staff responded to their first TA call. Collaboration, coordination of efforts, and accountability to survivors, the domestic violence field and allied individuals and organizations will continue to be essential components of all NRCDV projects, as will attention to accessibility and cultural competence.



NRCDV’s work is significantly strengthened by a long-standing partnership with the organizational members of the Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN), which includes the other HHS-funded DV national, special issue and culturally-specific resource centers, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and as well as with other national allied organizations.




NRCDV receives solid leadership and support from a multi-disciplinary and diverse Board of Directors and staff.




NRCDV’s diverse and multi-disciplinary staff includes highly experienced advocates and professionals, many of whom have been active in the anti-violence against women movement for a significant number of years. Click here for a PDF NRCDV staff list.

NRCDV operates under a team structure, which has facilitated the development of core competencies as well as specialized expertise. While the Capacity Building and Education Team takes the lead role in responding to incoming TA and training requests, staff from the Policy & Research are also heavily engaged in TA, training and resource development activities. NRCDV’s key initiatives often involve cross-team collaborations as well as partnerships with outside experts. NRCDV’s Operations Team provides comprehensive support for all programmatic activities.



AMenard pix 1Anne Menard, Chief Executive Officer

Anne is an activist who has worked on policy, practice and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since the mid-70s. In 2005, after serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, she returned as Director and then CEO of NRCDV, a position she previously held from 1994-99. At NRCDV, she directs technical assistance, training, resource development, and special projects to support domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts across the country. Prior to this national level work, Anne led the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over six years, and, in the early 1980s, co-directed Connecticut’s largest domestic violence shelter and was actively involved in grassroots sexual assault advocacy.



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Farzana Safiullah leads and manages the fiscal operations, contracts, grants, administrative functions, human resources and information technology of the National Resource Center (NRCDV). She has extensive experience in managing federal programs funded by the US Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services, and managing non-profits. She has been with the NRCDV since 2005.

Farzana is a founding member of the US based Muslim Advocacy Network against Domestic Violence focusing on building collaborative partnerships and developing resources. She has a Bachelor’s in English and Anthropology and has her Masters in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She also successfully completed a Harvard Executive Education Fellowship on Performance Measurement for Nonprofits.


Arlene photoArlene Vassell, Senior Director of Programs, Prevention and Social Change

Arlene supervises NRCDV’s Capacity Building and Education Team as well as its Communications Team. In addition, she oversees several key initiatives including The Domestic Violence Awareness Project and PreventIPV. Arlene joined NRCDV staff in September 2015; she also served with distinction as the Vice-Chair of NRCDV’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015.

Arlene has multi-faceted experience working at all levels of the movement to end domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence since 1998. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, community organizing, developing community and state-level collaborations, and promising practices when working with traditionally underserved and marginalized populations. In 2016, Arlene was selected as part of the United States Delegation that traveled to China for an exchange of domestic violence information with the All China Women’s Federation and local and national experts.

Prior to joining NRCDV, Arlene worked as Director of Training and Technical Assistance, and Project Coordinator for the Peace of Mind Florida project, at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also worked at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance for over 6 years providing leadership to various key initiatives including: Virginia’s statewide family violence and sexual assault hotline, child and youth advocacy, primary prevention, and immigrant rights.  This coalition-level work was informed by 9 years of advocacy at the local domestic violence program level, including serving as the Program Director of the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program in Chesterfield, Virginia.




Patty Branco, Senior Technical Assistance and Resource Specialist

Patty has been with NRCDV since 2003. As the Senior Technical Assistance and Resource Specialist, she responds to requests from a broad-based constituency for information, technical assistance (TA), and training on a full range of domestic violence-related topics. Patty assists in the identification and development of resources to support NRCDV’s training efforts, and has also been the lead staff in the development of several NRCDV publications. Her background includes anti-violence work in Brazil, where she engaged in research, community-organizing and outreach efforts. She has a Master’s in Community Psychology and Social Change from Pennsylvania State University.


NRCweb-Staff-diamondShaina Goodman, Policy Manager

As the Policy Manager, Shaina provides programmatic leadership and oversight to NRCDV’s administrative advocacy and policy-related technical assistance, with an emphasis on the intersection of domestic violence and family policy, economic justice, housing and public benefits. She also plays a central role in key initiatives, including Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence and the DV Evidence Project. Shaina has prior experience in federal legislative and appropriations advocacy, grassroots organizing, and campus-based advocacy and training. She completed research on domestic violence in the Jewish community, the history of the domestic violence movement, and the effectiveness of dance movement therapy for domestic violence survivors and their children. She is also passionate about social justice work more broadly, especially as it relates to privilege, oppression, and intergroup dialogue. Shaina received her JD and a Master’s in Social Work, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies, from Washington University in St. Louis. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.



Casey Keene, Director of Capacity Building and Education

Casey has served in various roles at NRCDV since 2001, where she now provides programmatic leadership and oversight to the technical assistance, training, and resource development initiatives of the Capacity Building and Education Team on a broad range of topics related to gender-based violence. Casey provides leadership to key initiatives including VAWnet, NRCDV’s online resource library and other online projects. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey co-leads the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum and provides national level technical assistance and training on childhood trauma and resilience. Casey is a Licensed Social Worker and graduate field instructor who earned her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University and has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for over 15 years.


AmandaAmanda Manes, Policy and Research Analyst

Prior to joining NRCDV in 2012, Amanda practiced law for both the public and private sectors as a licensed attorney in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She began working with survivors of domestic violence as a student attorney in the family law clinic during law school, and has since volunteered her time with a number of organizations in the DC area, providing direct legal services to survivors. As NRCDV’s Policy and Research Analyst, Amanda does focused work in the areas of family policy, public benefits, and evidence-based practice. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Psychology and Political Science and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.


Kendra McDowell, Fiscal Manager

Kendra began as Fiscal Manager for NRCDV in July 2015. The fiscal department is responsible for human resources, payroll, accounts payables, accounts receivables, contracts, grants and cash management. Ms. McDowell has over 15 years of experience in both government and nonprofit management and accounting. Kendra has a Bachelor’s degree in both business administration and accounting. Prior to joining NRCDV, Kendra worked as senior consultant and accountant for All About the Numbers, Inc. Kendra is the founder of Changing Generations, Inc., which is a youth advocacy organization that connects communities of diverse youth groups. Kendra is a spoken word artist (poet), song writer, author of one book, and is presently starting a children’s book series. In her spare time she volunteers at Hershey’s Children’s Hospital, and the ARC. She is an active member of her community serving as the youth advisor for NAACP,  a member of Republican Women’s Committee, PA Federation of Republican Women, National Federation of Republican Woman and treasurer for Keystone Harrisburg rotary club.


Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 2.32.42 PMIvonne Ortiz, Training and Education Specialist

Ivonne has been NRCDV’s Training and Education Specialist since 2013. Since 2001, Ivonne has provided a wide range of technical assistance and training services to many domestic violence programs throughout the US, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Her major areas of expertise are in the provision of crisis intervention, building culturally and linguistically appropriate services, community organizing and facilitating culturally relevant support group sessions for women of color. At NRCDV, she is responsible for coordinating domestic violence training, specialized technical assistance, and resource development on a wide range of subjects and issues that intersect with domestic violence dynamics, prevalence, intervention, prevention, and public awareness. Ivonne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico.


JoeJoe Ostrander, Digital Communications Manager

Joe recently joined NRCDV as the Digital Communications Manager in 2016. His role is to coordinate the communications, branding and marketing of NRCDV’s multiple initiatives. Since working in the field since the early 1990s, he brings experience in corporate communications, public and media relations, marketing, government relations and event planning. Joe has a heart for social justice and public welfare causes, most recently serving as interim training director for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center in Lebanon, PA as well providing support to two non-profit organizations through special event planning and implementation, marketing and communications consulting and writing and editing of print and online material. He was the communications director for the Community Action Association of PA working on poverty and social justice issues. He has BA in Communications/Public Relations from Kutztown University and an MA in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University. Joe lives in Harrisburg, PA with his wife, two daughters, two cats, a school of fish and a hamster.


Justine429_5X7Justine Robillard, Project Coordinator 

Justine has been working for NRCDV since 2014. As the Project Coordinator, she works to coordinate, enhance and meet the needs of NRCDV’s various projects and initiatives. In doing so she works along side each of NRCDV’s internal teams to create and maintain professional and polished designs for both print and digital concepts. She also provides technical support to social media and web events and campaigns. Previously, she has worked as a Design Manager, Video Editor, Digital Coordinator, and Production Office Manager, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media Arts.


NRCweb-Staff-diamondJohn Schein, Information Technology Manager 

John has been working with NRCDV since 2003. He started as Content Administrator for VAWnet and has moved on to being NRCDV’s Information Technology Manager. While managing the technological needs of NRCDV, his duties include building and maintaining network infrastructure, maintain organizational resource integrity and provide budgetary guidance for NRCDV administrative staff. He gives advice and researches technology issues that may come up to help staff members accomplish their jobs more effectively. John graduated from the University of Maine with studies focusing on Political Science, Public Administration and History.


Michele-Michele Shuey, Office Coordinator/Meeting Planner

In her role as Office Coordinator, Michele is responsible for providing daily administrative support for NRCDV, which includes large meeting event planning and organization, set-up of staff and participant travel and lodging accommodations, daily communications with vendors, maintaining online communication platforms and the database, and more. Michele is presently working to obtain her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) certification.  Michele also has an Associate’s degree in Office Administration in which she brings strong awareness and communication skills to her position.


Syeda Asma Yaqeen, Fiscal Coordinator

Syeda Asma Yaqeen has been with NRCDV since May of 2015. She has several years of managerial experience, including managing the accounts receivable/payable and handling the cash flow for Tread Concourse Inc., in New York City. After moving to PA, she worked at Supportive Concepts for Families as a Human Resource Coordinator and then at IU13 as a Program Assistant. She also worked in Philhaven hospital as a Medical Billing Specialist. Her current role at NRCDV is to serve as the Human Resource and Fiscal Coordinator. Asma graduated from Baruch College – The City University of New York, with a Bachelors degree in Accounting.


The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides a wide range of free, comprehensive, and individualized technical assistance, training, and specialized resource materials and key initiatives designed to enhance current domestic violence intervention and prevention strategies. Reach NRCDV Technical Assistance Specialist for guidance at 1-800-537-2238 / TTY 1-800-553-2508 or via email at nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org. Or complete NRCDV Online TA request form