Abigail Sims has been working in the area of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse intervention and prevention since 1995. Abigail focuses on engaging individuals and communities in creating programs and spaces that support survivors of violence and abuse to experience their fullest potential through the implementation of community based educational and advocacy services. Abigail is an experienced facilitator and trainer who works extensively with teens and adults and professionals in a variety of settings, including youth and family-serving organizations, health care settings and academic institutions. She is also a certified self-defense instructor. Abigail believes that the innovative and responsive programming that the Joyful Heart Foundation employs will transform the way we all participate in healing our communities, our relationships, and ourselves.