Leslie Brown is the associate director at VOICES of Stephenson County. Before being named associate director, she served as a family advocate, outreach advocate, and training preceptor for the organization. Leslie has more than 20 years of social service experience, nine of which are direct service to survivors of violent crimes including domestic and sexual violence. She focuses on using her skills to positively impact the lives of survivors by engaging with community partners to promote effective responses to domestic and sexual violence. Leslie also is passionate about using trauma-informed, client-centered, and strength-based approaches while working with survivors and their families.
In 2018, Leslie began serving as a facilitator of the Stephenson County Joint Community Task Force on Sexual and Domestic Violence. In 2019, she worked closely with community partners to implement the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement to combat intimate partner lethal and near-lethal assaults in Stephenson County.
To stay connected to the communities where she has lived, Leslie has volunteered several community organizations including as a member of the City of Freeport Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, Boys & Girls Club of Illinois mentor, selected member of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices — Arrest Decision/Pre-Arraignment Subcommittee, and served on the Illinois Crisis Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Leslie’s many certifications include Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Intervention and Response, CWEL, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Leslie earned two undergraduate degrees, in business administration and behavioral science, and a master’s of law degree, from Trinity Law School.