Joan Zorza

Joan Zorza

Editor, Domestic Violence Report


Joan Zorza, Esq. was the founding editor of both Domestic Violence Report and Sexual Assault Report, and she worked to end violence against women and children for over 40 years. A member of the bars of Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia, she has written extensively on domestic violence, child custody, stalking, and sexual assault, and is the author of the three-volume set of books, Violence Against Women (2002, 2004, and 2006), as well as the Guide to Interstate Custody: A Manual for Domestic Violence Advocates (1992, 1995). In 2000, Zorza was recognized by the City of New York Human Resources Administration for her work on behalf of victims of domestic violence, and in 2002 by the Sunshine Lady Foundation for her work addressing violence against women. Zorza also received a Certificate of Appreciation by the Office of Justice Programs within the US Department of Justice.

Zorza served on the research advisory committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, was a liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and President of the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women. She served on the Board for 10 years and was President of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was on the Board of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 10 years. She represented or supervised lawyers and law students in cases on behalf of more than 2,000 battered women and almost 200 sexually abused children as an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and at the National Battered Women’s Law Project of the (now-defunct) National Center on Women and Family Law. 

Zorza was a founding member of the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). She went on to serve for several years as Vice President and is now recognized on EVAWI’s Honorary Board. With more than 40 years of tireless service, Zorza was involved with many organizations and worked through her writing and speaking to increase the safety of women and children.