Danielle Elleman is currently the supervisor in the Bellevue Hospital Victim Services Program. She had been trained in cognitive behavioral, narrative, trauma, and restorative retelling therapies. She has been an advocate for victims for over 10 years, which includes advocacy on the individual level in the criminal justice and civil court systems, in the hospital and with outside agencies, as well as on the macro-level with local and state policymakers. Danielle is the co-leader of a community coalition, Project Envision, that works to address the underlying root causes of violence from a public health perspective. The coalition looks at the intersectionality of social issues specifically through the lens of oppression and social norms and how to make change on the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community and public policy levels. With an undergraduate degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in social work, she has specific expertise in advocacy, program development, grant writing and management, trauma therapy, community mobilization, case management and staff/volunteer development. She organizes and trains 40 volunteers a year to provide crisis intervention and advocacy to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors in the immediate aftermath of the trauma in the emergency department.
Danielle has provided technical assistance to the international organization, La Casa Mandarina in Mexico City to assist in program development and community mobilization. Additionally, Danielle has worked with international organizations through the Peace Corp Uzbekistan and Romania and the Open Society Institutes Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP). In 2014, Danielle, along with her co-leaders of Project Envision, won the Lydia Martinez Multidisciplinary Award for Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence. Ms. Elleman received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia in 2006.