Deidre Evans, MSW

she/her
Survivor Advocacy Services Coordinator

About

Deidre holds a Master of Social Work and Certificate in Violence Against Women and Children from Rutgers School of Social Work. She has spent the past 10+ years working directly with survivors of intimate partner (dating and domestic) and sexual violence, with a focus on supporting the most marginalized survivors. She also works to ensure that the services, structures, and policies that are in place to support survivors of violence are anti-oppressive, accessible, and informed by survivor’s voices and experiences. Deidre is a member of the Violence Prevention & Survivor Support Team.

Deidre believes every person should be treated with love, dignity, and respect and to be safe in their relationships. Unfortunately, that is not what everyone experiences. When someone experiences violence and/or abuse, they deserve to be in control of the next steps, to be believed, and to be supported. Advocacy services should always be survivor-driven, trauma-informed, flexible, voluntary and confidential. It is her role as an advocate to talk through all available options, to connect survivors to support resources on and off campus, and to assist them in navigating the various systems they are engaged in, such as academic, legal/reporting, medical, etc. Deidre also focuses on survivor safety, regaining autonomy, identifying personal strengths, and fostering connection and healing. She sees every survivor as the expert of their experiences. She works each day to create a space where students can share what they want about their experiences of violence and abuse, and for each person she works with, to feel supported in the next steps and goals that they set for themselves, their relationships, and their healing.

Professional interests

Supporting survivors of violence, anti-violence movement, feminist issues and social justice work.

Personal interests

Spending time with friends and loved ones, cooking new recipes and sharing food, traveling, being active in nature especially in the sun and water, learning new art forms, caring for plants/gardening, and exploring new cities with a good cup of coffee.