About Patti

Patti Giggans has been the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence (formerly Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women) since 1985.

A black belt in karate and Master Self-Defense Trainer, Patti founded the first women’s martial arts school in Southern California in 1978. Patti received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology  from the State University of NY at Buffalo and her Master’s degree in Non-profit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

She has received numerous awards including The California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation, “Woman of the Year” from the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in 2002, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), and a Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award in 1998.

Patti has held numerous leadership and advisory positions in the sexual assault and domestic violence arena both statewide and nationally, and she is considered a national expert on sexual and domestic violence, teen dating violence, and youth violence prevention.She has spearheaded the creation of several violence prevention curricula and is the co-author of What Parents Need to Know About Teen Dating Violence and 50 Ways to a Safer World.