Julie is a survivor of domestic violence who has worked in the field of violence against women and women's empowerment since 1989. She has founded a hospital DV crisis response team, a transitional shelter, advocacy groups and training programs. She has worked with trauma survivors and addicted survivors, and was a research co-investigator, project director and trauma therapist on studies at the National Center for PTSD. 

Julie trains professionals widely and has served as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases regarding domestic violence and domestic violence-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She was a Site Coordinator for the Lily Endowment-funded RAVE project (Religion And Violence E-learning) during its five years of initial development. Her extensive work with the State of N.C. Department of Administration, N.C. Council for Women, involved oversight of numerous domestic violence, sexual assault and economic empowerment grant programs. She monitored grants, developed grant guidelines, trained non-profit boards, consulted and trained about best practices for working with victims and survivors, built collaborative initiatives and partnered with professionals in many disciplines.



  • Best practices for serving victims
  • Identifying, assessing and referring victims of abuse
  • Building collaborations and facilitating community partnerships
  • Cross-training in traumatology, mental health, PTSD, substance abuse
  • Training in domestic violence prevention and intervention
  • Court expert witness
  • Keynote speeches
  • Domestic violence and the church


  • Expert Consultant/Trainer, Department of Justice—Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
  • Founder/Director, HOPE Violence and Trauma Consultants
  • Regional Director, NC Council for Women, NC Domestic Violence Commission (2005-2014)
  • Educational Specialist, CASCADE Women’s Substance Abuse Treatment Services (2002-2005)
  • Domestic Violence Coordinator (2001-2002)—Area Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Authority
  • Project Director/Associate Investigator /Trauma Therapist (1998-2001)—National Center for PTSD, Department of Veteran’s Affairs 


  • VAWnet website Usability testing; National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Kelly Colacchio, Usability Research Assistant and Dr. Anthony Chow, Usability Professor, University of NC at Greensboro; Casey Keene,; January 2017
  • Reviewer dissertation for research by Cara J. Person, MPH, CPH, Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; domestic violence by multiple abusive partners; The Resilience Study; December 201
  • Participating as Advisory board member for research project, Courts Applying Solutions to End Intimate Partner Violence, CASE IPV, Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, November 2016–present
  • Developing a pilot program for the state of N.C., best practices for serving domestic violence victims in three historically underserved groups: disabled victims (mental illness, addictions and other disabilities), older victims and victims with limited or no English (primarily undocumented immigrants)

Credentials and Certifications

  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP), International Association of Trauma Professionals (pending, 2016) 
  • Certified Domestic Violence Counselor ll (CDVC11), National Association of Forensic Counselors/American College of Certified Forensic Counselors 2003 
  • NC Victim Service Practitioner certification, NC Victim Assistance Network, 2008 
  • Graduate FBI Citizen’s Academy, May 2008 (NC VP of FBI CA Alumni Association)
  • Grants Management Certification, NC Office of the State Auditor, 2007
  • BA, Human Services, Hawaii Pacific University, 1991, graduated Cum Laude
  • 1993 Awarded Full Fellowship for Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Hawaii (program not completed due to family obligations) 
  • Associate Professional Substance Abuse (APSA), privileged for alcohol and/or drug assessment, substance abuse day treatment, alcohol and/or drug group counseling and alcohol and/or drug individual counseling, behavioral health counseling family therapy, group therapy and targeted case management, 2004-2005