Domestic Violence(DV), Intimate Partner Abuse(IPA), Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

I work with victims, survivors and targets on cases involving abuse and technology.

Professional Organizations

Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV) is a non-profit, membership organization uniting Massachusetts employers with experts in the fields of domestic and workplace violence prevention. Committed to proactively addressing the causes and effects of violence in the workplace, EADV identifies and recommends national and local best practices in the areas of public policy, prevention, intervention and training in order to help employers address the effects of violence on the workplace. EADV promotes more productive workplaces that remain intolerant of all forms of violence by supporting comprehensive and safe interventions for those affected by violence.

Transition House is Cambridge’s domestic violence agency, providing emergency shelter, transitional and supported housing and youth prevention education to our community since 1975. Transition House created the first emergency shelter on the East Coast for women and children escaping domestic violence. The organization has been an important community resource ever since.

Transition House and its supporters have been at the forefront of developing policies and practices that support victim rights, protect the safety and privacy of those in danger, and expand the network of vital services for survivors recovering from the trauma of abuse. Over its 35 year history, Transition House has been an innovator of dynamic programs that have helped thousands of families and educated tens of thousands of youth.

Emerge Emerge’s mission is to eliminate violence in intimate relationships. In working toward this goal, Emerge seeks to educate individual abusers, prevent young people from learning to accept violence in their relationships, improve institutional responses to domestic violence, and increase public awareness about the causes and solutions to partner violence. With the development of parenting education groups for fathers, Emerge has expanded its mission to include a goal of helping men to become more responsible parents.

Emerge teaches that domestic violence is a learned behavior, not a disease or a sickness. Emerge supports grassroots, institutional and cultural efforts to stop partner violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Emerge recognizes that other oppressive life circumstances such as racism, poverty and homophobia create a climate that contributes to partner violence.

Emerge is a Massachusetts Certified Batterer Intervention Program & Training Site. For information on Certification Guidelines for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, visit the official website of the Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). Trainings are conducted on a regular basis in the Boston area, and Emerge is available to conduct trainings world-wide. Please contact them at 617-547-9879.

IPV Tech is a working group of technologists and DV professionals working on issues related to DV and Technology

Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Program in Cyberstalking 2012-2013
Collaborated with Legal Director Janet Donovan of Casa Myrna Vasquez as primary sponsors of a program to develop an analysis and recommendations for cyberstalking law

Testimony and Lobbying

Testimony before the Massachusetts Legislature on bills regarding DV victims and leave to attend court hearings
Lobbying members of the legislature regarding bills affecting DV victims and child protective services


Videos I have produced on Domestic Violence


Sarah’s Blogs and articles on Domestic Violence
- SecurityWatch

DV Training

Boston Police Department 16 hour Domestic Violence training- 2007
Mandatory State of MA 40-hour training for working with victims of Domestic Violence - 2010
Transition House, Dating Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) training - 2008
State of MA, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Community Advisory Board training, Constructive Communication
Emerge 3-day introductory Domestic Violence training: Counseling Abusers - 2006
Emerge 2-day advanced Domestic Violence training - 2007
Emerge Observations: over 40 hours of observations with supervision of court-mandated 2-hour abuser intervention sessions and parenting classes
Met qualifications for MA State Certified Batterer Intervention Program Counselor - 2007 Lundy Bancroft Retreat Assistant 2009