Anna Brennan joined the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) in June of 2021. She completed her BA in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut before relocating to Colorado, where she earned a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Prior to joining OVA, Anna worked as a Legal Advocate in Boulder with the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, SPAN, where she supported victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking in navigating the civil and criminal legal systems. Anna has also worked with the Denver Domestic Violence (DV) Coordinating Council, who manage the Denver Metro DV Fatality Review team. There she participated in collaborative efforts for policy and systems change toward the prevention of domestic violence related fatalities, with a focus on evidence-based lethality assessment models. She also has experience with prevention programing as a peer educator at the University of Connecticut and worked in Western Cape, South Africa as intern for the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women, where she conducted research to support the implementation of the UN Initiative "Safer Cities for Women and Girls."
Anna is dedicated to collaboration between systems to support the safety and needs of those who have experienced trauma. She believes in supporting victims and survivors in making their own decisions with knowledge of their rights, options, and available resources.
*The Embedded CUPD Victim Advocate position is a new collaboration between OVA and CU Police Department (CUPD) that started in June 2021. Anna will work at CUPD and co-respond with officers to support victims of crime as they interact with CU police and help victims know their rights and options. For ongoing, confidential advocacy and/or counseling Anna will refer victims/survivors to OVA’s Advocate Counselors who are confidential.