Meet Laura Bennett

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
Because it touches every part of life. Because it keeps me up at night. Because I love my daughters.

What would you like to learn this year in your job?
How to implement trauma-informed principles in every facet of my job. In my work within the anti-violence cause area, I have become more aware of how vicarious trauma impacts not just responders and care-givers but those of us working in systems change.



What is the latest book you’ve read and would you recommend it?
The Door by Magda Szabo. A story about dealing with trauma, healing bonds between people, and surviving. YES!

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Serenity Now.


What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?
Virginia has so much to offer and I love so many things about it:

  • The weather,
  • The beauty, and
  • The people.

If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
I would fill the box with photographs of my father, my children, my husband and our pets. I would add in things my father gave me and drawings my girls made me. I would also include my cat’s ashes. And I cannot forget to put in Sour Patch Kids.


What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
Who can choose? It is a tie between a sunset over the ocean in the Outer Banks or the site of the new Wegmans being built in Short Pump.

What excites you most about your job at the Action Alliance?
I am excited to expand and grow the areas I work in and to continue learning – always learning. Lifelong learning and professional development are the keys to the sustainability of all nonprofits and I am excited to be part of the nonprofit community, particularly the sexual and domestic violence field, every single day.

Laura Bennett is the Training Institute Coordinator for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. She is the mother of 2 girls, 4 cats, and 3 dogs. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and is passionate about helping nonprofits build their capacity to carry out their missions. A native of New York state, she is happy to be living in the warm South.

To check out the conferences and training that Laura helps produce, click here.


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One thought on “Meet Laura Bennett

  1. Kristi VanAudenhove says:

    We are so fortunate to have your love of lifelong learning AND your sense of humor here at the Action Alliance!!!


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