This resource was written in partnership by AEquitas, the Justice Management Institute (JMI), and the Urban Institute. Current and former AEquitas staff that contributed to this model are: Jennifer Long, CEO; Jane Anderson, Teresa Garvey, Jonathan Kurland Patricia Powers, Dalia Racine, and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisors; Viktoria Kristiansson, former Attorney Advisor; Charlie Whitman-Barr, former Senior Associate Attorney Advisor; Holly Fuhrman and Mary MacLeod, Associate Attorney Advisors; and Mary Katherine Burke, former Associate Attorney Advisor. Harry Hatry, Distinguished Fellow at Urban; Janine Zweig, Associate Vice President for Justice Policy at Urban; Elaine Borakove, President of JMI; and Rey Cheatham Banks, Senior Program Manager at JMI also contributed to this model.
The authors would also like to acknowledge the varied and candid feedback of the following peer reviewers whose contributions helped to challenge and improve the quality of this resource: Ginger Baran, Program Analyst for Research and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women; Beverly L. Frantz, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Project Director, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University; Jennifer Gonzalez, Chief, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; Ramona Gonzalez, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ); Leslie A. Hagen, National Indian Country Training Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice; Aviva Kurash, Senior Program Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Sally J. Laskey, Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN); Kaarin Long, Assistant County Attorney, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office; Joyce Lukima, MS, LMSW, Chief Operating Officer, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) ; Jim Markey, Senior Law Enforcement Specialist, RTI International; Tom McDevitt, former Detective at the Philadelphia Police Department; Michael R. Moore, Beadle County State’s Attorney; Kim Nash, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nursing Specialist, International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN); Rebecca O’Connor, Vice President of Public Policy, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN); The Honorable Nancy E. O’Malley, District Attorney, Office of the Alameda County District Attorney; Jessica Shaw, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work; Jennifer M. Sommers, Deputy Chief, Special Investigations and Prosecutions, New York State Attorney General’s Office; Cassia Spohn, Ph.D., Professor and Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University; Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Justice and Gender Based Violence Research Initiative, Wellesley Centers for Women Wellesley College. The inclusion of individuals here as peer reviewer does not necessarily indicate their endorsement of this final product, but their contributions were sincerely appreciated.
AEquitas wishes to acknowledge the significant contributions of Teresa P. Scalzo, JD (1969-2016) whose contributions to the field, particularly around the prosecution of sexual violence, influenced the practices and strategies included in this document. Teresa was a dedicated public servant, a tireless advocate for women’s rights, and a well-respected mentor who inspired many— including many current and former AEquitas staff. She will be deeply missed and forever honored by those of us who were fortunate enough to have known and learned from her.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-SI-AX-K001 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.