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About JAC

Who is JAC Patrissi?

JAC Patrissi is a Communications Specialist who uses writing, performance art, training and collaborative facilitation in order to support healing for women who are questioning the health of their relationships or who are healing from destructive relationships.

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JAC is a seasoned domestic and sexual violence advocate, sharing leadership on the forefront of statewide and national victim service initiatives for decades. She works with individual women as a coach and advocate, and with small groups of women as a collaborative facilitator. JAC works with professionals in the local and statewide arena as a consultant addressing criminal justice, military, social service, and grass-roots approaches to anti-violence and victims services work.

JAC is a supremely skilled communicator, a gentle and steady guide whose goal is to uncover timely questions that inspire authentic answers. Her approach feels guided by eternal truths without ever being preachy, condescending, or superior.

As an incisive yet poetic thinker, her sensitive and steady methods are a sure guide to help those with whom she works to reach their own solutions and to unlock their own truths. In addition to an unparalleled ability to quickly and coherently track multiple levels of nuanced content, JAC's skill set rests on a wide range of academic knowledge and practical experience which combine to make her methods truly inspiring, concrete and helpful.

She engages others with clear, concise, and inspiring words that confirm that one is in the presence of a gifted thinker, a creative force, a trusted ally. A leader—not a director, JAC is a soulful and strong guide, a compassionate thinker whose expertise can be relied upon to help open doors and move you forward.

JAC is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and former recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for her creative writing exploring how the stories women and children tell about themselves help shape their identities and relationships to power.

Under JAC's leadership as Director of Education at the Barrington Stage Company, The Playwright Mentoring Project won The Coming Up Taller! Award, the nation's highest honor for out of school time arts and humanities programming.

JAC is active in building local advocacy services to respond to domestic and sexual violence in the rural area of New England where she now lives with her family. She also designed and administers Express!, an arts infusion program for pregnant and parenting young women who have dropped out of school and who are pursuing their GEDs. Local poets, actors, artists and filmmakers serve as teaching artists, supporting the young parents in creating original work.


Recipient and honoree of the Patrissi Award, State of Vermont April 25, 2006.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and have made an outstanding contribution to victim services in Vermont over the expanse of their career or lifetime.


"JAC's attention to detail make her adept at all aspects of planning- from budget to logistics to content. However, her true gifts are her leadership and communication skills. I have watched her facilitate for years. JAC can coax meaningful participation from even the shyest or most confrontational of attendees."

MK Hewlett,
Director of Victim Services, VT Center for Crime Victim Services