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Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Arlene Vassell

Vice President of Programs, Prevention, and Social Change - National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Arlene joined the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) as staff in 2015. Prior to joining staff, Arlene served as the Vice-Chair of NRCDV’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. Arlene supervises NRCDV’s Programs & Prevention and Communications Teams and oversees several key initiatives, including the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and PreventIPV. Arlene has over 20 years of multi-faceted experience within the movement to end domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Her advocacy work began at the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program, in Virginia, where she worked in various capacities; including, hotline advocate, case manager and lastly as Director of the local domestic violence shelter in rural Chesterfield County. Subsequently, she worked for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, managing and coordinating various projects and initiatives intended to prevent intimate partner violence and enhance responses for survivors from traditionally marginalized and vulnerable populations. Additionally, for several years, she managed Virginia’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline. Arlene has served on numerous state-level and national committees and workgroups and has received many awards and recognitions for her advocacy work.

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