Associate Director, Health
Virginia Duplessis, MSW is the Associate Director of Health, providing oversight for a range of initiatives designed to improve the public health response to violence against women and increase the capacity of domestic violence services providers to address the health needs of their clients. She serves as the Director of the federally-designated National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, leading several multi-sector collaborations to increase health equity, prevent childhood trauma, and develop health policies to prevent violence. She brings over 20 years of experience in the domestic violence, sexual assault and public health fields. Ms. Duplessis has worked extensively with healthcare and social service providers, developing training and educational materials on a range of health and behavioral health issues within local and state public health organizations. Trained as a social worker and doula, she has also worked directly with community members, youth, and victims/survivors of violence as an advocate, counselor and prevention educator.