Anneliese Brown has been working to address domestic and sexual violence for over 10 years. She currently serves as a senior program associate for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety. As a member of the Accessing Safety Initiative team, she works closely with local and statewide collaborations comprised of domestic and sexual violence organizations, disability or Deaf services, and allied professionals who are striving to improve their services to victims of domestic and sexual violence who have disabilities or are Deaf. Additionally, she provides guidance and resources to other national domestic and sexual violence organizations who are seeking to make their work accessible to professionals with disabilities and Deaf professionals.
Prior to joining the Accessing Safety Initiative, Anneliese focused her efforts on increasing safety for victims of domestic violence who are attempting to leave their abusive partners with whom they have children in common. She has six years of experience supporting over 25 communities seeking to create or enhance visitation and exchange services that address the unique safety needs of victims of domestic violence and their children, both with the Vera Institute of Justice’s Supervised Visitation Initiative and as a former employee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and has become a national expert in the field. She has also coordinated statewide efforts to improve the response of the criminal and civil justice systems to domestic and sexual violence, including addressing the high prevalence of interpersonal violence among incarcerated women.
Anneliese has presented to national audiences on a variety of issues related to domestic and sexual violence, including supervised visitation and domestic violence, developing policies and procedures that account for victim safety, creating and sustaining successful collaborations, and balancing the safety and access needs of victims with disabilities and Deaf victims. Her work is grounded in her experience serving victims and children in Maine, Vermont, Alaska, and California. Anneliese has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and psychology from Bates College in Maine.