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Mary Cauthen, PhD

Dr. Cauthen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Policy & Management from Florida Atlantic University, and a PhD in Public Safety with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Capella University. She has been Chief Program Officer since February 2019 and was the Director of Domestic Abuse Programs at the YWCA for 13 years prior to that. She has held every position within the domestic violence programs over the past 17 1/2 years. She has provided services to well over 8,000 victims of domestic violence; provided trainings to professionals throughout the county. Dr. Cauthen has facilitated numerous community education/awareness events on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking. She has also examined the root causes and comorbidities associate with domestic violence such as health issues, oppression, and privilege.

Dr. Cauthen received an Outstanding Achievement Award for facilitation of “Steppin' Out Against Violence" in 2004; recognition for her Community Education and Supportive Services to Victims of Domestic Violence in 2005; Appreciation Awards for her participation in the Federal Women’s Program at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center for Women’s History Month in 2006 and 2007; the Barry Krischer Humanitarian Award for outstanding services to victims of domestic violence in 2017, and was nominated for the Victim Advocate of the Year Award with the Attorney General of the State of Florida in 2018.  Dr. Cauthen has four children and they are all survivors of domestic violence.

In her current role at the YWCA of Palm Beach County, Dr. Cauthen oversees the development, growth, operations and staff of YWCA's programs aimed at eliminating racism and empowering women. Dr. Cauthen gives presentations on various topics and can be reached at 561-640-0050 ext. 139.

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