Bernbaum, Joni

Bernbaum, Joni

Joni Bernbaum, M.A. is an Instructor of Criminology and the Internship Coordinator. She began her professional career after an undergraduate internship through the USF Department of Criminology led to a full time position at a local domestic violence center. After working there for many years, she then spent 13 years as the Assistant Director of the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention where she worked closely with community, state, and federal criminal justice agencies and organizations. Joni has over 20 years professional experience in the field of victim services, helping clients overcome the trauma of their victimization by advocating for safety, healing, restitution, and justice.

 

Joni holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, both from USF. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor from the National Board of Forensic Counselors, a Certified Instructor for Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems (for children and adults), and a Designated Victim Services Practitioner by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Florida. Joni served as the Vice-Chair of the Hillsborough County Domestic Violence Taskforce, and is currently a member of that task force, and also the local fatality review team, human trafficking taskforce, and sexual violence taskforce.

 

Joni teaches classes on Victimology, Survey of the Criminal Justice System, Social Justice, and Leadership, and has presented on victimization, human trafficking, and sexual and relationship violence at the local, state, and national levels. She has also coordinated nationally recognized/award winning events at USF, including Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Take Back the Night. Joni has received a lifetime honorary membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society; received the USF Department of Criminology, Distinguished Alumni Award; received the USF/Student Affairs,“Changing Lives Award”; and was nominated by students, and awarded the “Inspire by Example,” USF Outstanding Faculty/Staff Leadership Award.

Faculty Spotlight Video - click to watch