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Key Staff

Jill Davies, as BCS director, guides content and works collaboratively with NRCDV staff to provide analysis and advocacy resources. Attorney Davies is the deputy director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid. She has written and consulted extensively on violence against women, advocacy and safety planning, poverty, and legal issues. One aspect of her work is the conception and continued development of the “victim-defined” approach to advocacy, a nationally recognized best practice. The promotion of this approach is the mission of BCS. The author of numerous articles and materials regarding violence against women, she is co-author of the book, Safety Planning with Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, Sage Publications, 1998, and the second edition of the book, Domestic Violence Advocacy” Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, Sage Publications, 2013.

Anne Menard is an activist who has worked on policy, practice and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since the mid-70s. After serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services during 2005, she returned as Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), a position she previously held from 1994-99. At the NRCDV, she directs technical assistance, training, resource development and special projects to support domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts in the U.S. Prior to this national level work, Ms. Menard 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.

Shaina Goodman 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. Shaina has prior experience in federal legislative and appropriations advocacy, grassroots organizing, and campus-based advocacy and training. She has 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 passionate about social justice work, especially as it relates to privilege, oppression and intergroup dialogue. Shaina received her JD, a Master’s in Social Work and 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.

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