Barrie Levy

Barrie Levy

Lecturer in Social Welfare

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Barrie Levy, L.C.S.W., is a Clinical Social Worker and a clinical and organizational consultant.

She has been on the faculty of the Department of Social Welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs since 1981. She previously served on the faculty of the Women’s Studies Department from 1993 to 2011. She teaches courses about mental health policy, and sexual and domestic violence (policy, prevention and intervention).

Levy is author of Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger, an anthology on teen relationship violence (Seal Press, 1998) and In Love and in Danger: A Guide for Teens on Violence in Intimate Relationships (Seal Press, 2007). She has written a primer for college students, Women and Violence (Avalon Publishing, 2008). She is co-author with Patti Giggans of What Parents Need to Know About Dating Violence (Seal Press, 1995), Fifty Ways to a Safer World (Seal Press, 1997) and When Dating is Dangerous: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Relationship Abuse (Hazelden, 2013). She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on domestic violence, and has made many television and radio appearances.

Levy currently works with PeaceProsLA, a team that engages men who are community leaders in dialogues about cultural social norms, using a bystander model promoting action for social change and collaborating to promote healthy non-violent models for masculinity.

She conducts weekly groups for staff at the Center for Pacific Asian Families, a comprehensive multicultural/multilingual domestic violence/sexual assault program in Los Angeles.

From 1995 to 2003, she was Director of the Westside Domestic Violence Network (WDVN), an interagency consortium addressing effective service delivery to families affected by domestic violence in West Los Angeles. She has provided professional training courses on domestic violence for continuing education programs throughout California, and conducted seminars in the U.S., Japan and Italy.

Since 1977, Levy has specialized in psychotherapy with adults and adolescents recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and violence, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and therapy related to gay and lesbian issues, as well as anxiety and mood disorders.

Levy was founder and Director of the Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women. She is a co-founder of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, now Peace Over Violence. She is former Director of Consultation, Education and Prevention, Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Culver City, Calif.