Meet LeAnn Bruce - former AVASW President

Dr. LeAnn Bruce serves as the National Program Manager for the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program under the National Care Management and Social Work Office, Department of Veterans Affairs. For over 25 years, Dr. Bruce has been involved in the prevention and intervention of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence across a variety of settings throughout her social work career serving active duty military, Veterans, and their families. Dr. Bruce has served on several national committees and organizations dedicated to social work and ending violence.She has also served as a Special Assistant to the Caregiver Support Program, supporting growth to prepare for program growth to meet the mandates outlined in the MISSION Act.She is also an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University School of Social Work.Dr. Bruce received her PhD in Social Work in December 2016 upon completion of her dissertation entitled, Assessing Moral Injury and Existential Well-Being in Returning Servicemembers.She is also the author of a book series for children, Miss Kindheart’s Class, that teaches children about compassion and overcoming challenges.


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