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End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) was founded in 2003 by Sergeant Joanne Archambault, who retired from the San Diego Police Department after serving almost 23 years in law enforcement. During the last 10 years, she supervised the Sex Crimes Unit which had 13 detectives and was responsible for investigating approximately 1,000 felony sexual assaults within the City of San Diego each year.

During her decades of work with victims and other professionals, Sergeant Archambault saw a critical need for training in sexual assault investigation. Resources were available for professionals in health care, victim advocacy and social services, however, criminal justice professionals desperately needed training to improve the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.

EVAWI was created to fill this void.

Working with professionals inside and outside the criminal justice system, we seek to improve outcomes for victims and pursue accountability for their assailants. Our goal is to protect victims, prevent future attacks, and keep our communities safe.

We envision a world where gender-based violence is unacceptable on every level – where the victims whose lives, families and communities are torn apart, receive the compassion, support and justice they deserve.

When we create a system that helps victims not only to heal, but to thrive, they will transform our world with strength, hope, and joy.

As a professional training organization, we offer a broad portfolio of resources to improve criminal justice and community responses to gender-based violence:

  • The OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) helps professionals expand their knowledge and skills in sexual assault investigation, prosecution, and community resources.
  • Conferences bring you cutting edge training on a wide range of subjects, from leading experts.
  • Webinars offer state-of-the-art training either as a live event or from the archives.
  • Our Training Bulletins keep subscribers updated on new topics, resources, and developments in the field.
  • The Resource Library provides a wide array of documents, videos, policies, protocols and templates to adapt for your agency.
  • FAQs and Online Resources are continually updated, so you have the tools you need to implement best practices.
  • One-on-one Technical Assistance is also available for individuals and communities.
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EVAWI is dedicated to inspiring and educating those who respond to gender-based violence.

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