Joetta Shepherd has 30 years of professional experience delivering services in the area of victimization and women’s issues. She joined Family Services in December 1984, serving as a family counselor, coordinator of crisis and support services and later director of violence response. In 2008, she became director of the Safe Relationships Division where she provides program oversight for a continuum of services that address issues of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and child maltreatment.
A licensed clinical social worker, Joetta began her career at Family Services of the Piedmont working in the area of child maltreatment.
She has taught courses in social work and adult and child victimization at Forsyth Technical Community College, NC State University and Winston-Salem State University. Joetta has advocated for the rights of domestic violence victims while serving on several community and statewide boards, including the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and North Carolina Programs for Abusers Treatment.
She currently serves as a member of Shugart Women’s Center Advisory Board and was appointed in 2015 to the City of Winston-Salem’s Commission on Ending Homeless. She is a member of the Forsyth County Sexual Assault Response Team, Domestic Violence Community Council, Forsyth County Child Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team, and the local FEMA Review Board.
Joetta is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina and holds a master’s in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.