Dr. Denise C. McCain is a foremost domestic violence expert, researcher, visionary leader, and trailblazer in the movement to break the cycle of violence. With more than 25 years of experience to the field of domestic violence,
Dr. McCain has worked on the front lines as a grassroots advocate, domestic violence program director, and government administrator for federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funded programs. She is the former Maryland State Coordinator of Victim Services for the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, where she served as a legislative liaison working to ensure compliance and implementation of statutory crime victim’s rights.
In June 2016, Dr. McCain was appointed as the Director of the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, an initiative of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, which provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and elder abuse with twenty-three multi-disciplinary co-located government and nonprofit agencies.
Dr. McCain was nominated and confirmed by the Prince George’s County Council to serve a four-year term as a Commissioner on the Prince George’s County Commission for Women.
Dr. McCain is the recipient of numerous awards along with other efforts undertaken to raise visibility and awareness around the issue of violence against women. Dr. McCain holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia; a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University (NYU), New York, and a doctorate degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, College of Public Affairs.