#HerStory Deborah Cosimo 

Deborah Cosimo, PhD 

Guided by the conviction that every person has the right to live with dignity and respect in a world without violence, Deborah Cosimo, PhD (Sociology) began her professional journey with a counseling internship in the DCFOF battering intervention program in 1992. That pivotal internship forged her passion for social justice and advocacy for victims and lead to her work in various capacities in the field of battering intervention, including counselor, program director, clinical supervisor, researcher, consultant, trainer, and program evaluator.

Dr. Cosimo believes that that battering intervention programs, in the context of a coordinated community response, must be victim-centered, grounded in empathy for the victim while focused on accountability for the perpetrator. To that end, she participated in the committees that developed guidelines and accreditation standards for battering intervention programs in Texas. Her book, Domestic Violence: Legal Sanctions and Recidivism Rates among Male Perpetrators (2012, LFB Scholarly Publishers), examines the impact of legal sanctions upon recidivism of men who were involved with the civil and criminal courts for domestic violence related offenses. Dr. Cosimo also designed and taught undergraduate courses on the Sociology of Family Violence at Texas Wesleyan University and the University of North Texas. As a Sociologist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, she continues to provide consultation and training on battering intervention, ethics, program evaluation, and workplace issues facing domestic violence workers. Committed to the mission of the agency, she currently serves on the DCFOF Board and chairs the Policy and Research committees.

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Typical warning signs of abuse - Preview

Typical warning signs of abuse

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence - Preview

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017 - Preview

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017