Joanne Patterson

Joanne Patterson, MPH/MSW, is the Director of Education and Prevention Programs at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. She received her Master’s degrees from Boston University where her work focused on women’s health and violence prevention, and where she was awarded a fellowship in Intentional Injury. The founder of Peers Against ViolencE (PAVE), a dating abuse prevention program, Patterson has engaged over 10,000 teens and adults in Massachusetts through community-based training and an annual leadership summit. In 2008 she was a recipient of the Rising Star Award for young professionals who have made significant contributions toward advancing the well-being of girls. Currently, as a member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health State Prevention Team and co-chair of Boston GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition, Patterson seeks to engage community members and professionals together to prevent and reduce the impact of abuse on youth and adults.