Nicole Lavy-Joy

LCSW | Director of Emergency Housing
Refuge For Women KY

Nicole Lavy-Joy, LCSW is the Director of Emergency Services at Refuge for Women. She has been working in the field of social services for 23 years. Specifically, she has worked with both adult and child survivors of trafficking for over 9 years, and in the field of substance use for over 11. In addition to her direct work with survivors, Nicole is also an Assistant Professor at Eastern KY University where she participates in research in the field.



Trauma, Health Outcomes & Substance Use Disorder: The Connections for Survivors

  • People who have experienced trauma are more at-risk of exploitation and those with substance use disorders at an even higher risk. Treatment and residential providers need to be better equipped to address both trauma and substance use disorders. Traditional services can be insufficient in addressing SUD’s among trafficking survivors, who also face substantial barriers to improved health outcomes and accessing needed services.

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