Adjunct Lecturer

Ovita Williams

Ovita Williams, LCSW, is an Associate Director of Field Education at the Columbia School of Social Work. She also teaches Social Work with Battered Women, and specializes in domestic violence and forensic social work practice. Prior to joining CSSW, she was the Director of Clinical Services in the Counseling Services Unit at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, in which role she coordinated the domestic violence program that provides victims with crisis counseling and ongoing case management. Ms. Williams has worked with clients exposed to severe trauma and suffering from complicated grief. She has presented papers on family violence and the criminal justice response. As a faculty member with the American Prosecutors Research Institute, Ms. Williams facilitates workshops across the country to better assist attorneys in prosecuting domestic violence cases. Prior to her social work career in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, she was a therapist at the Children’s Aid Society. Ms. Williams earned her BA from Vassar College, and her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.