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Victim Advocate and Staff Clinician

Jackie has worked as a victim advocate for 9+ years, both on JMU’s campus and in the Harrisonburg community. She also has an extensive background in sexual violence prevention. Jackie previously oversaw victim advocacy and sexual violence prevention services with JMU’s health promotion team before joining the Counseling Center staff in 2020. When Victim Advocacy Services migrated to the Counseling Center in 2021, Jackie was happy to move back into a victim advocacy role. Prior to coming to JMU, she worked for five years at Harrisonburg’s sexual assault crisis center, the Collins Center. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling, and she has also studied restorative justice practices and attended law school for one year (translation: not a lawyer). She has a heart for helping people to re-center themselves after trauma, identify what they are needing most, and walk with them on their path back towards healing.

While Jackie stepped away from leading prevention efforts, she continues to be driven by these words she once wrote about the intersection of prevention and advocacy: “Prevention is the hope that society can do better, that we can create sustainable change so that the generations that follow might know a little less pain, a little less suffering. It is the lofty idea that one day we will see the future on the horizon and know it to be a healthier, more beautiful place, a world that has finally managed to replace victimization with a cycle of healing and prevention. Prevention gives a voice to the survivors we bear witness to every day and restores hope and strength where it had once been lost. I hope that we can be proud of the change that we create.”

What do I do at JMU outside of Victim Advocacy Services?

You may see Jackie in the classroom from time to time at outreach and education events, and she works closely with our multidisciplinary partners to help best support survivors on campus. Jackie also coordinates Take Back the Night and other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events each spring.

Jackie is also a Resident in Counseling in the Counseling Center, which is connected to Victim Advocacy Services. As a Clinician, she works with students with a variety of concerns through individual counseling, group therapy, crisis intervention, and consultation services. You can learn more about counseling services on our Counseling Center page.

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