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ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
Always up for a cupcake, when I’m not working to end violence I can be found trying to get into the lotus position, watching anything funny, or running after my 3 kids.
As a therapist for over 10 years I intersected daily with the human cost of power-based personal violence. I believed that the best I could do was help glue shattered people back together. I didn't dare to hope that I could prevent them from being broken in the first place. As the mother of 3, I spent too many years resigned to the fact that one of my children would end up carrying a story of their own assault. The first time I heard about Green Dot etc., this all changed. Hope was awakened in me and I have since been propelled into this work with a sense of urgency and optimism. I have spent the past four years watching people across the country be inspired and mobilized to action. I become more certain each day that as a direct result of our work, rates of power-based personal violence will go down. Not long ago my youngest daughter gave me a pin that said "My Mother is a Goddess" (mind you she's on the right track) and I realized that the window of time in which she believes I can do anything is limited. She has inspired me to have the audacity to believe that I can and will be a part of making this world safer.
Jennifer Messina, Ph.D. is a consultant for Green Dot etc.. A graduate of Dartmouth College she attained her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Messina completed her internship at Duke University Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. She has 15 years of clinical experience with an emphasis on trauma and recovery from violence. She was also a professor at James Madison University and Washington & Lee University. With an emphasis in primary prevention, she has coordinated prevention efforts at the local and regional level. Dr. Messina consults on special projects for Green Dot etc. Inc.
Check out Dorothy Edwards discussing Green Dot on Kentucky Educational Television. Click here to view.
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