Individuals and Institutions Making Progress against Abuse in Communities Together

The 2022 IMPACT Award took place virtually on Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM EST. Safe Havens was thrilled to celebrate three honorees who advocate for antiviolence and community support in their work. Stay tuned as we update this page to reflect the past event and our sponsors.

To learn more about our honorees, keep scrolling or click here.

2022 Sponsorship Descriptions

Gifts of the Heart:

Supporters who donate $900+ will receive 6 tickets to the IMPACT Award event and will be personally acknowledged during our event.

Gifts of Spirit:

Supporters who donate $300 or more will receive 4 tickets to the IMPACT Award event and will be acknowledged in our event program.

Gifts of Strength:

Supporters who donate $180 will receive 2 tickets to the IMPACT Award event and will be acknowledged in our event program.

Gifts of the People:

Supporters who donate $90 will receive 1 ticket to the IMPACT Award event and will be acknowledged in our event program.
All sponsors will be acknowledged on Safe Havens' website.



All proceeds will support the local work of Safe Havens.
To be a sponsor, or for additional information about our event, please contact Safe Havens at

* This is a suggested price. If you are unable to afford the cost of the ticket but would like to celebrate with us, please contact Safe Havens at

Our Honorees

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Deborah Collins-Gousby

Deborah Collins-Gousby is a Boston native who graduated from Boston Public Schools and Emerson College. Before joining Brookview House, Collins-Gousby worked nearly thirteen years at Casa Myrna, a comprehensive provider of domestic violence services, starting as Director of Emergency Programs and eventually assuming responsibility for all of the agency’s direct service programs. Prior to joining Casa Myrna, Collins-Gousby worked fourteen years at the Elizabeth Stone House, another Boston provider of shelter and community-based services to survivors and their children affected by domestic violence. She has extensive experience in direct services, program development, staffing, budgeting, volunteer management, education and outreach and outcome measurement and reporting. Collins-Gousby is President of the Jane Doe, Inc board and co-chair and member of the Leadership Committee of the Massachusetts Women of Color Network (MAWOCN).


Isa Woldeguiorguis

Isa Woldeguiorguis has been the Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. (CHH) since 2012. CHH has served victims of rape and sexual assault, provided education and awareness raising to eradicate sexual violence in the greater Lowell Massachusetts area for 45 years. Prior to this, Ms. Woldeguiorguis worked in the antiviolence field more twenty-five years, holding several statewide and national roles in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. Prior to this, Ms. Woldeguiorguis worked at the Department of Social Services (DSS) now the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Massachusetts for thirteen years. She began as an advocate and ultimately became the Director of the Massachusetts DSS  Domestic Violence Unit--the first such unit in the country and a national model for integrating domestic violence advocates in the public child welfare system. 

Ms. Woldeguiorguis is a well-respected leader and national trainer in the field of child abuse, domestic and sexual violence, system change, race and equity. Ms Woldeguiorguis is well known for her dynamic training and teaching skills and for her activism in ending racial disparities. Ms. Woldeguiorguis has served as faculty on several national initiatives and instructed courses on leadership and the anti-violence movement at Simmons College School of Social Work. She has authored several articles on topics such as family-centered practice in child welfare, racial and ethnic disproportionality and immigration.   

Isa is the co-chair and one of the founders of the Massachusetts Women of Color Network (MAWOCN). MAWOCN is a statewide network of advocates working in the domestic and sexual violence field who share a vision of a movement in which women of color are supported to be in leadership roles.  MAWOCN provides training, technical assistance and

leadership development.

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Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D

Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul.MN. He directed the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community from 1994 to 2016. Dr. Williams also directed as the African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP) that worked with community leaders in 12 cities across the United States. He is also the Director of the Safe Return Initiative that addresses the issues of prisoner re-entry and domestic violence and is a member of the consultant team for Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community.

Dr. Williams has extensive experience: as a clinical practitioner he has worked in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, sexual assault, and domestic violence. He has worked in battered women’s shelters, developed curricula for batterers’ intervention programs and facilitated counseling groups in these programs. He has provided training across the United States and abroad on research and service-delivery surrounding partner abuse.

Dr. Williams’ extensive research and publications in scholarly journals and books have centered on creating service delivery strategies to reduce violent behavior. Dr. Williams has received many awards among them include an award from the American Psychological Association, a International “Telly Award” for his documentary work; the National “Shelia Wellstone Institute Award” related to his National work on Domestic Violence; the National Family Violence Center, Alliance for Hope Award and a Distinguish Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. Dr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Michigan State University; a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Masters in Public Health and a PH.D in Social Work both from the University of Pittsburgh.