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About Voices Against Violence
Who We Are

VAV's staff is made up of clinical specialists, prevention and outreach specialists and dedicated student staff and leaders.

Leah Leeds
Clinical Social Worker
Masters of Science in Social Work, UT Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy. Experience providing advocacy services in mental health and community settings, community based shelters, law enforcement and campus settings. Professional interest in working with survivors of interpersonal violence, the effects of and neurobiology of trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. Leah enjoys the outdoors, traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Kristen Pearson
Staff Therapist
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy to students. Participates with Voices Against Violence, providing individual and group counseling and advocacy to students who have experienced interpersonal violence. In her free time Kristen loves reading, learning to sew, cooking, camping/hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Lauren White
Interim Prevention and Outreach Specialist
MSSW, Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Texas

Lauren serves as the health education coordinator of Voices Against Violence (VAV). In this role Lauren coordinates campus partners, plans events, manages a student organization, and coordinates outreach efforts. Lauren’s professional interests include coalition building, evidence-based practices, survivor-focused programming, and intersectionality. In their spare time they enjoy Racquetball, The Singularity, and hosting talent shows.

Amissa Miller
Interactive Theatre Specialist
MFA, Dramaturgy and Script Development, Columbia University

Amissa serves as the interactive theatre specialist with Voices Against Violence (VAV). She applies community based arts education, social justice education, applied theatre, playwriting, directing, devising, documentary theatre, dramaturgy and new play development, and theatre in education to her role of delivering education to students in an interactive theatrical approach. Her professional interests include identity and culture, intersectionality, constructions of gender, brave space communities, art and civic engagement, and arts-based healing practices. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, writing, independent films, live music and learning new vegan recipes.

Student Leaders - although not named individually here, VAV's work would not be possible without the countless number of student organizers, coordinators, members of class and the student org and all of our allies on campus. Students are an integral aspect of what VAV does and how we do it.

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SURVIVOR SERVICES

Crisis Line

Individual Counseling

Group Counseling

Advocacy

Safety Planning

Immediate Medical Options

Reporting Options

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ISSUES

Prevention

Consent

Healthy Relationships

Risk Reduction

Dating and Relationship Violence

Sexual Violence

Stalking

How to Help a Survivor


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