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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 of DV

  • Identifying, assessing and referring victims of abuse

  • Building collaborations and community partnerships

  • Training in DV prevention and intervention

  • Cross-training in traumatology, mental health, PTSD, substance abuse

  • Keynote speeches

  • Domestic violence and religion

  • Human trafficking

  • Conference workshop presentations

  • Advanced advocacy training

  • Vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue training 

  • Non-profit management consulting and board of directors training

  • Faith leader training & religious center consulting


  • Expert Consultant, DHHS Office for Trafficking in Persons, National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center 

  • Former qualified expert witness in criminal and civil courts

  • Principal Domestic Violence Trainer, Bank of America 

  • Consulting expert for media - radio, television, film, print, web-based

  • Author or contributor in numerous publications: book chapters, articles, research 

  • Regional Director, NC Council for Women, NC Domestic Violence Commission (2005-2014)

  • Project Director/Associate Investigator /Trauma Therapist (1998-2001)—National Center for PTSD, Department of Veteran’s Affairs

  • Certified Grants Manager & National Grants Reviewer—Administered and monitored government grants compliance for non-profit victim service agencies for nine years; reviews, scores and consults regarding grant applications with government agencies

  • Board of Directors Consultant and Trainer—Provided assistance, oversight, trouble-shooting and comprehensive training to over 30 boards and staffs in non-profit victim-service agencies for nine years; provides technical assistance and consulting to non-profits


  • Certified Domestic Violence Counselor ll (CDVC11), National Association of Forensic Counselors 

  • Certified Grants Manager, N.C. Office of the State Auditor

  • Certified Trauma Professional (pending)- International Association of Trauma Professionals

  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP), International Association of Trauma Professionals (pending) 

  • Associate Professional in Substance Abuse Counseling 2002-2005

  • Graduate, FBI Citizens Academy

  • BA, Human Services, Hawaii Pacific University; Cum Laude