Melissa Vine talks Trauma, Entitlement, & Domestic Violence

Posted on March 17, 2021

Melissa Vine talks Trauma, Entitlement, & Domestic Violence

In this episode, Melissa Vine joins the show to discuss the link between trauma, entitlement, and domestic/intimate partner violence.

Melissa Vine, MA, LMHC, a licensed mental health counselor with 13 years of experience in business ownership, is the current Executive Director of Beacon of Life, a trauma-informed, equity-centered transitional home and programming for women recovering from domestic violence, incarceration, and substance use.  As a professional speaker, leader, and domestic violence survivor, she passionately empowers others to act with courage in the face of life and work challenges.  She received a bachelor’s in Communication Studies in 2002 and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in Professional Counseling in 2016.  Melissa was in the 2021 class of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40, 2018 recipient of One to Watch, and the 2014 recipient of Service Business of the Year by the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce.  She has spoken for the Business Record’s Fearless launch, Iowa Board of Regents Campus Safety and Security Summit, Arts Midwest, Banker’s Trust, UnityPoint Clinic, the UNI Center for Violence Prevention, and the Iowa Small Business Summit.  Melissa lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her four teenage boys and volunteers with the Downtown Chamber of Commerce, ACES Steering Committee, and Des Moines Public Schools.



Phone: (515) 402-1463

Established in 1980, the nonprofit organization Beacon of Life is a trauma-informed, equity-centered, evidence-based 34-bed home in Sherman Hill that provides community, healing, and growth for women who have faced trauma, abuse, substance use, incarceration, and homelessness.  Clients live in this sober, 24-hour-staffed environment as they work through a structured program for 6 – 24 months with a Case Manager. Programming addresses mental health, substance use recovery, career development, financial literacy, trauma recovery, healthy relationships, and physical health.

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Beacon of Life email:

Phone: (515) 244-4713


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