Julie Havener is Coordinator of Strengths-Centered Advocacy Services at Friendship Home in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. Friendship Home provides emergency and transitional shelter and an array of support and services to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexaul assault. Havener has over 13 years of experience as an advocate working directly with survivors and has a genuine passion for helping individuals discover and apply their personal strengths.
Havener is also the creator of Friendship Home’s Strengths-Centered Advocacy curriculum. It enhances empowerment through focus on the unique strengths and talents of each individual. It is designed to create more empowering, welcoming, and supportive environments for both survivors as well as advocates. Havener has developed a curricula, toolkit of resources, and training for programs who are interested in implementing Strengths-Centered Advocacy. She presented at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in 2012.
Havener has a strong interest in working with women at the intersection of domestic violence, mental health and substance use issues. Since 2009, she has served as a representative on the Open Door Initiative, a collaborative grant with the goal of improving services for this population. A primary focus of this grant is to create services that are both trauma-informed and domestic violence-informed regardless of which agency a woman seeks services from initially, and to create more effective, empowering and safe collaboration between agencies.