Domestic/Sexual Violence Services

Michele Bessette is our advocate/outreach coordinator for the Tribal Office. She is currently working with partnership of the STOP Grant and the VOICES Grant. Michele has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Northern Vermont University. A bachelors in psychology and an Associates in Human Services at CCV.

Call Now for Assistance:

1-802-241-1250 hotline or call Michele Bessette at the Tribal Office (802) 782-3843

or (802) 868-6255

Hi my name is Michele Bessette and I am very excited to be the new Advocate/Outreach Coordinator for the STOP Grant at Maquam Bay of the Missisquoi, working within the Abenaki Community.  I will be working with families that have been impacted by domestic violence, it is our goal to build resiliency and skill to help families overcome obstacles which may have led to their victimization.  We hope to bring together all of the best parts of our communities to help empower and connect these families on their journey to wellness.  A little bit about myself, I have a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Northern Vermont University (Johnson State College), A Bachelors in Psychology (NVU), and an Associates in Human Services at Community College of Vermont.  One of the biggest things I love and enjoy the most is spending time with my family.  You can reach me at (802) 782-3843.


Helping and referring victims of domestic and sexual violence access the transitional housing resources they need to be safe and self-sufficient. 


The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services is the agency responsible for the administration of the Violence Against Women Act: Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecution (VAWA STOP) Grant. This is a formula grant program which is made available through the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.