Adrienne Simpkins is a domestic violence advocate and Licensed Professional Counselor from Willingboro, New Jersey. She began her work in the movement to end domestic violence in 2012 as a counseling intern, then working in case management at a shelter program, which led to a role as the primary Clinician at her local domestic program. Seeing the needs of survivors due to systemic barriers, Adrienne shifted her focus to social justice work within the movement. She is currently the Director of Outreach and Capacity Building at the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV), where she collaborates with various domestic violence and social service providers to shift culture and policies within domestic violence programs and systems serving survivors. Adrienne’s priority is to center and amplify the needs of those in need of access to safety and healing, particularly those impacted most by various forms of oppression, racism, and marginalization. She is also the co-Chair of the NJCEDV’s Women of Color Task Force and a representative on the New Jersey Women’s Reentry Commission.
Additionally, Adrienne has worked in the substance abuse field. She is also the owner of Embodied Healing, a healing practice designed to foster authenticity, wholeness, and freedom for women of color. Adrienne is an HBCU graduate of Morgan State University and received her Master’s degree from Rider University. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a mother to 16-year-old Ilana, and dog mom to a chihuahua, Batman.