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International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias
Chicago, IL
April 3 - 5, 2018
International Attendee Information
Chicago

Our annual conferences focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. We consistently bring together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.

Online Registration: Our preferred method for conference registrations is our online format. Online registration allows you to register regardless of your method of payment (credit card or check).  If for some reason you are unable to register online, you may download the manual registration form.

Form W-9: Download our W-9 form here.

Team Discount: Team discounts are available for teams of 5 or more. Teams must register all 5 registrants using the same discount code in order to receive the 5th free. To get a code, pick Registration Type – Multi Registration / Discount Code Registration and click NEXT. You must request this code before entering any registrations.

International Attendees: If you need a letter of invitation to schedule an embassy appointment, you must complete an International Registration Application. The application must be completed and submitted before a letter of invitation will be provided. Only after your application has been approved, will you receive a letter of invitation and instructions to register. Applicants do not need to pay the registration fee prior to receiving approval for a visa from the U.S. Embassy.

Substitutions: To help avoid the loss of an individual’s registration fee or to avoid the $100.00 cancellation fee, you may substitute another person in your place at no charge. To make a substitution, complete a manual conference registration form for the substitute participant and email it to jessica@evawintl.org. The name of the original registrant MUST be included.

If you are unable to identify a substitute for the current conference, we will allow you to carry any PAID registration forward one year, to use at the next annual conference without incurring any additional fees.

If you have any questions about your registration, please call our financial manager, Jessica Fisher, at 774-404-7108 or email Jessica@evawintl.org


Approved Use of OVW Grant Funds

Grantees from the following programs do not need to contact their program managers for approval before using grant funds to attend our conference:

  1. STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program
  2. Grants to Support Families in the Justice System (JFF) - no more than four participants
  3. Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction - no more than five participants
  4. Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSAP) - no more than two participants

This means that grantees from these programs do not need to submit a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) to use grant funds to attend this conference. However, OVW recommends that grantees place a "memo to the file" in their grant records indicating the conference approval code and adherence to the outlined criteria.

The conference approval code is: OVW-2018-MU-008.

OVW Grantees with Conditional Approval

OVW grantees from a number of other programs have been conditionally approved to use their grant funds to attend our 2018 conference. This includes:

  1. Improving the Criminal Justice Response to sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (formerly Arrest)
  2. Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault Program
  3. Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
  4. State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program
  5. Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program
  6. Tribal Government Programs

Grantees from these programs are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award. A Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) must also be completed before grantees can expend any funds related to attending the conference.

When requesting approval to attend the conference and submitting a GAN, reference code OVW-2018-MU-008. This approval and assigned reference number can be used for this conference only.

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Megan Alderden, PhD, Associate Director of Research, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Chicago, IL
Norene Andersen, Detective, Chula Vista Police Department, Chula Vista, CA
Joanne Archambault, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EVAWI, Sergeant San Diego Police Department (Ret.), Colville, WA
Ken Armstrong, Senior Reporter, ProPublica, Seattle, WA
Lisa R. Avalos, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR
Dina Baky, Forced Marriage Initiative, Project Associate, Tahirih Justice Center, Falls Church, VA
Eugenia Barr, PhD, Director, EVAWI; Owner, Principal, Eugenia Barr Counseling and Consulting, Denison, TX
Eric Barreras, Advisory Board, EVAWI, MA, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator / District 11 (CA, AZ, UT, NV), United States Coast Guard, Alameda, CA, Board of Directors, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Special Agent, US Army (Ret.)
Jennifer Becker, Esq., Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum, New York, NY
Dragana Bender, Assistant States Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
Carrie Bettinger-López, Clinical Law Professor & Director of the Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
Dwayne Betts, Deputy Chief of the Office of Community Policing, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL
Tom Boelts, Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott, AZ
Heidi S. Bonner, PhD, Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Department of Criminal Justice, Greenville, NC
Alane Breland, JD, Assistant Chief Prosecutor, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale, AZ
Ann Burdges, Director of Communications and Systems Innovation, EVAWI, Atlanta, GA
Roger Canaff, Esq., Honorary Board, EVAWI; Legal Expert, Child Protection and Special Victims Advocate, Author, Public Speaker, New York, NY
Nikki Charles, MA, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Washington, DC
Theodore Cross, PhD, Senior Research Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Michael Crumrine, Sergeant, Patrol Division, Austin Police Department, Austin, TX
Mike Davis, Sergeant, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, WA
Chris Deerwester, Senior Trial Counsel, US Navy, Bremerton, WA
Aaron DeLashmutt, Deputy Chief, Iowa State University Police Department, Ames, IA
Rachel Dissell, Senior Investigative Reporter, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH
Elizabeth Donegan, Director, EVAWI, Site Coordinator, Austin SAKI, Sergeant, Austin Police Department (Ret.), Austin, TX
Malore Dusenbery, Economic & Safety Consultant and Affiliated Scholar, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, DC
Maureen A Evans, MPPM, Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Norfolk, VA
Miriam Falk, JD, Assistant Attorney General, Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor for Law Enforcement on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau, Madison, WI
Sherri Fentress, MS, Biologist-Forensic Examiner, DNA Casework Unit, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Myra Ferechil, MA, Co-founder, Managing Partner, Educator, Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC, Flagstaff, AZ
Jason Forgash, MA, Crimes Against Persons Detective, La Habra Police Department, La Habra, CA
Anthony Formhals, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ten8Tech, Wilmington, NC
Grace Frances, Director of Certification and Special Projects, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, Tallahassee, FL
Rachael Frost, Master Investigator IV, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Murrieta, CA
Catherine Garcia, Supervising Investigator (Ret.), San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Consultant, Chula Vista, CA
Eric Geerdes, Chief Operating Officer, Ten8Tech, Wilmington, NC
Julie Germann, JD, Consultant/Attorney/Trainer, Finding the Right, LLC, Austin, TX
Gretta Goodwin, PhD, Director, Justice Issues, US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC
Martina Grassi, MSc, Ecole Universitaire Internationale, Rome, Italy
Anthony Greiter, Community Outreach Specialist, Iowa State University Police Department, Ames, IA
Colleen Grunhaus, PhD, Professional Counselor, William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
John Guard, Sergeant, Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Greenville, NC
Danielle Hagaman-Clark, JD, Project Director, Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan, Lansing, MI
Jeffery Harmon, JD, Chief Prosecutor, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale, AZ
April Hayes, Director / Producer, Brooklyn, NY
Michelle Heater, MA, Program Director, Community Service Programs, Inc., Santa Ana, CA
J. Staley Heatly, JD, District Attorney, 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Vernon, TX
Carlton Hershman, Detective, San Diego Police Department (Ret.), San Diego, CA
Liana Hill, MSC, RN, RSCN, FNE, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nurse Examiner Program Director, Crisis Services of North Alabama, Huntsville, AL
Mary Howell Sirna, Associate, EVAWI, Administrative Advisor, Iowa State University Police Department, Ames, IA
Bill R. Hughes, JD, Chief Criminal Deputy, Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, Prescott, AZ
Catherine Johnson, Director, EVAWI, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, MARFOR SARC, Camp Lejeune, NC
Jessica Jones, Lieutenant, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL
Roxana Kennedy, Chief of Police, Chula Vista Police Department, Chula Vista, CA
Bobby Kipper, Associate, EVAWI, Founder and Executive Director National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, Hampton, VA
Michael Kispert, Detective, Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Ret.), Orlando, FL
Jennifer LaCoss, MD, Associate, EVAWI, Associate Professor, Physician, Palliative Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Sarah Layden, Director of Advocacy Services, Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago, IL
Marc A. LeBeau, PhD, F-ABFT, Senior Forensic Scientist, Scientific Analysis Section, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Jessica Lenahan, Survivor, Human Rights Activist, Denver, CO
Glenn Lipson, PhD, Clinical-Forensic Psychologist and Professor, Making Right Choices, San Diego, CA
Kimberly A. Lonsway, PhD, Director of Research, EVAWI, San Luis Obispo, CA
Rachel Lovell, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Misty Luminais, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Sabrina Magris, PsyD, Director, Ecole Universitaire Internationale, Rome, Italy
Katia Maguire, Director / Producer, Brooklyn, NY
Richard Mankewich, Advisory Board, EVAWI, Sergeant, Sexual Offender Surveillance Squad, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, FL
Angie McCown, Director, Victim Services Division, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Austin, TX
Anne Menard, Chief Executive Officer, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, PA
Joan Meunier-Sham, RN, MS, Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health – MA SANE Program, Boston, MA
T. Christian Miller, Senior Reporter, ProPublica, Berkeley, CA
Michael Milnor, Chief (Ret.), Consultant, Justice3D, Long Island, VA
Stacey Mitchell, DNP, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Bryan, TX
Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD, FNP, RN, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, College of Nursing, University Park, PA
Jerald Monahan, MS, Law Enforcement Liaison, EVAWI, Chief of Police, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ
Tyffani Monford Dent, PsyD, Psychologist, Monford Dent Consulting and Psychological Services, LLC, Maple Heights, OH
Ruth Montgomery, Superintendent, Edmonton Police Service (Ret.), Vancouver, British Columbia
Varsha N, JD, Secretary, EVAWI, Independent Consultant / Guest Lecturer, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Nadler, M.S. Ed., Professor, Onondaga Community College, Board of Directors, Vera House Inc., Syracuse, NY
Nancy Oglesby, JD, Consultant, Justice 3D, Richmond, VA
Elisabeth Olds, Owner/Principal, Dynamic Strategies: Innovations for Social Change, LLC, New Orleans, LA
Ish Orkar, JD, MSW, Staff Attorney, Life Span Center for Legal Services Advocacy, Chicago, IL
Wendy Patrick, JD, PhD, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, San Diego, CA
Rick Phillips, MS Ed, Founder and Executive Director, Community Matters, Santa Rosa, CA
Stacy Phillips, MS, MSW, Victim Justice Program Specialist, Department of Justice/Office of Victims of Crime, Washington, DC
Sheila Polk, County Attorney, Yavapai County, Prescott, AZ
Christina Presenti, SART Toolkit Coordinator, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Enola, PA
Anne Ream, Founder and Creative Director, The Voices and Faces Project, Chicago, IL
Ronald Reid, Detective Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Department (Ret.), Consultant, Washington, DC
Julie Renfroe, MBA, D-ABC, Assistant Laboratory Director, California Department of Justice, Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory, Richmond, CA
Ryan Rezzelle, MFS, CSCSA, Consultant in the Forensic Sciences; Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science, Emporia State University; Forensics and Public Safety 3-D Scene Documentation Specialist, Leica Geosystems; Kansas City, MO
Nigel Richardson, Esq., Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, London, United Kingdom
Jaclyn Rodriguez, BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE Coordinator, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Chicago, IL
Lore A. Rogers, JD, Staff Attorney, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Lansing, MI
Xanthe Rosario, Officer/Detective, Chula Vista Police Department, Chula Vista, CA
Kristina Rose, MS, Executive Director, EVAWI, Washington, DC
Mike Schentrup, Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Commander, Gainesville Police Department, Gainesville, FL
Jeanne Smoot, JD, MALD, Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Tahirih Justice Center, Falls Church, VA
Rachel Solov, JD, CTM, Deputy District Attorney V, Chief, Collaborative Courts Division, San Diego, CA
Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, APN, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, FAANS, FAAN, Professor, Coordinator Graduate Advanced Forensic Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Birmingham, AL
Gail Stern, PhD, Chief Visionary Officer, Catharsis Productions, Chicago, IL
Russell W. Strand, Special Agent, US Army (Ret.), Co-Founder / Managing Partner, Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC, Flagstaff, AZ
Pamela Stratigakis, JD, Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
Katie Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), Washington, DC
Herbert Tanner, Jr., JD, Trainer/Consultant, HR Tanner Consulting LLC, Portland, MI
Cynthia Totten, JD, National Program Director, Just Detention International, Washington, DC
Teresa Tudor, Associate, EVAWI, Program Administrator, Illinois Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking, Springfield, IL
Nina Vaughan, Superintendent of Employee Services Division (Ret.), Calgary Police Service, Calgary, Alberta
Karla Vierthaler, Advocacy and Resources Director, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Enola, PA
Fant Walker, JD, City Judge, City of Gulfport, Gulfport, MS
Laura Williams, MPA, Independent Consultant/Trainer, Laura Williams Consulting, Saint Paul, MN

The deadline for International applications has passed. Please check our website this summer for next year's conference information and join us in San Diego, CA in 2019.

International Registration Process

If you are interested in attending our International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias and need a letter of invitation for your embassy appointment, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the International Registration Application and email it to terrah@evawintl.org by February 9, 2018.
  2. If your application is approved, a letter of invitation will be emailed to you along with instructions to complete the registration process. If your application is denied, you will be notified by email.
  3. Upon receiving your letter of invitation, schedule your appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain your visa.

EVAWI cannot contact or intervene with any U.S. Embassy or Consulate office on your behalf.  We suggest you begin your visa application process as soon as possible as processing time can be very lengthy. All nationals and citizens of Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure for 90 days or less are required by law to obtain travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States. This authorization can be obtained online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a free Internet application administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To find out if you need any additional documentation or information, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Poster Session Proposals

The deadline for poster submissions has past and all applicants have been notified.  Please check back this fall to apply for our 2019 conference in San Diego, CA.


End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) invites proposals for posters to be displayed at our annual conference which promotes innovative techniques, unique approaches, and promising practices in responding to crimes of violence against women. Our conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach to training, bringing together representatives from the criminal justice system, victim advocacy, medical and other community professionals, and allies.

We are seeking proposals for posters that meet our conference objectives, which are to:

  • Improve the response to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and gender bias
  • Enhance collaboration among criminal justice and community professionals through a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women
  • Promote effective prevention and risk reduction programs

Posters will be evaluated based on these objectives by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts, and those ranked first, second, and third will be awarded prizes. Presenters will have an opportunity to schedule times to be available at their poster to engage with participants and answer any questions they or the judges might have.

Following the conference, we will send out an announcement to our entire mailing list of over 44,000 people with the names and photographs of the winners and the title of your poster presentation.

Who Should Submit a Poster?

  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Prosecutors
  • Victim advocates
  • Judges
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Health care providers
  • Faith community leaders
  • Educators and researchers
  • Students

We specifically encourage poster submissions from students, first-time presenters, and researchers whose work is not yet complete. Poster Presenters must register to attend the conference. No financial compensation or reimbursement will be offered to those presenting a poster.

Submission

All materials must be submitted as a complete package to Cheri@evawintl.org by Friday, December 1, 2017 in order for your poster to be considered. Please see the Poster Submission Form for information about required supporting documents.

Applicants will be notified by December 22, 2017 as to whether their poster is accepted.

Questions? Email Cheri@evawintl.org

2018 Conference Registration Rates

Payment received or postmarked:

  • by December 15, 2017: Early Bird Registration Fee: $495
  • by March 2, 2018: Registration Fee: $545
  • after March 2, 2018: Late Registration Fee: $595

Team Discounts: Team discounts are available for teams of 5 or more. Register 4 people and the 5th registration is FREE! Register online to obtain a TEAM REGISTRATION discount code.

Conference Fees Include:
  • 3 days of training with leading national experts
  • Course materials
  • 3 light continental breakfasts
  • 3 lunches and afternoon beverage breaks




Payment Information

If you register for the conference, your registration fee must be paid in full before the conference begins.

If full payment is not received, you will be required to provide your payment (cash, check, credit card) when you check-in at the conference. You may provide a purchase order as a promise to pay. Because of the costs associated with every individual who attends the conference (e.g., food and beverage, notebooks, name badges, tote bags), we cannot guarantee that an individual will be able to attend if you show up on site without having registered in advance.

Payment Methods

Credit Card

When registering online, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted. We do not accept American Express online. However, American Express can be accepted at the conference and by calling the office. You will be asked to provide the billing address used for the credit card and the security code (the 3-digits located on the back of the card, or the 4-digits on the front of an American Express credit card).

The most common reason for having a credit card declined is entering inaccurate billing information such as the name on the card or the billing address. The information you enter must match exactly so make sure to have the necessary information available at the time you register.

If you have any problems using your credit card online or if you receive an error message, please call our financial manager, Jessica Fisher, at 774-404-7108. If needed, credit card payments can be processed over the phone.

Check

Please include the complete names of all attendees on any communication so that your payment is properly applied to your invoice. Checks should be made payable to EVAWI and mailed to:

EVAWI
145 S Main
Colville, WA 99114

Purchase Order

Purchase orders are accepted as a promise to pay, however they do not qualify for a discounted registration rate unless full payment is received or postmarked by the deadlines posted. EVAWI MUST have a copy of a purchase order if payment has not been received prior to the conference. Failure to pay or provide a purchase order may prevent an individual from being able to attend the conference.

All purchase orders must be paid in full within 30 days of the last day of the conference. Any balance due will be subject to a monthly billing fee of $25.00.

Purchase orders should be mailed, emailed or faxed to:
  • EVAWI
  • 145 S Main
  • Colville, WA 99114





Refunds & Cancellations

EVAWI understands that circumstances change and there may be emergencies that prevent an individual from attending the conference.

  • No refund will be provided if you have not cancelled your registration prior to midnight on March 2nd. If you are registered for the conference at this point, whether paid or unpaid, we have incurred significant expenses on your behalf, and the FULL registration fee is due whether or not you attend.
  • If your registration is cancelled by midnight (PST)* on March 2nd, 2018, we will refund your registration fee less a $100 administrative fee if the registration fee has been paid. If the registration fee has not been paid, you will be billed for the $100 administrative fee. Cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to Jessica@evawintl.org or faxed to 774-404-7108. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receiving your cancellation.

To help avoid the loss of an individual’s registration fee or to avoid the $100.00 cancellation fee, you may substitute another person in your place at no charge. To make a substitution, complete a manual conference registration form for the substitute participant and email it to info@evawintl.org. The name of the original registrant MUST be included.

If you are unable to identify a substitute for the current conference, we will allow you to carry any PAID registration forward one year, to use at the next annual or regional conference without incurring any additional fees.

If you have any questions about your registration, please call our financial manager, Jessica Fisher, at 774-404-7108 or email Jessica@evawintl.org


Approved Use of OVW Grant Funds

Grantees from the following programs do not need to contact their program managers for approval before using grant funds to attend our conference:
  1. STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program
  2. Grants to Support Families in the Justice System (JFF) - no more than four participants
  3. Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction - no more than five participants
  4. Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSAP) - no more than two participants

This means that grantees from these programs do not need to submit a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) to use grant funds to attend this conference. However, OVW recommends that grantees place a "memo to the file" in their grant records indicating the conference approval code and adherence to the outlined criteria.

The conference approval code is: OVW-2018-MU-008.

OVW Grantees with Conditional Approval

OVW grantees from a number of other programs have been conditionally approved to use their grant funds to attend our 2018 conference. This includes:

  1. Improving the Criminal Justice Response to sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (formerly Arrest)
  2. Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault Program
  3. Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
  4. State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program
  5. Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program
  6. Tribal Government Programs

Grantees from these programs are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award. A Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) must also be completed before grantees can expend any funds related to attending the conference.

When requesting approval to attend the conference and submitting a GAN, reference code OVW-2018-MU-008. This approval and assigned reference number can be used for this conference only.

Millennium Park

Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.

Location
Michigan Ave & Columbus Ave
Chicago, IL
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Website: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html
 
Wrigley Field
Go behind-the-scenes of the legendary home of the Chicago Cubs and 2016 World Series champions with Wrigley Field Tours, presented by Illinois Office of Tourism. Built in 1914, this must-see Chicago attraction houses more than 100 years of history.
Location
1060 W Addison St.
Chicago, IL
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Phone: 773-388-8270
Website: http://m.mlb.com/cubs/tickets/tours/index
 
The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile encompasses the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street to the north. The Magnificent Mile district extends a full square mile from North Michigan Avenue, including east to the scenic lakefront.

The Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun. With more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and unique entertainments and attractions packed and stacked along its length, The Magnificent Mile has an indulgence for every passion and every pocket.

Location
Chicago, IL
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Website: https://www.themagnificentmile.com/
 
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. In keeping with the academic origins of the
institution, a research library was constructed in 1901, and eight major expansions for gallery and
administrative space have followed, with the latest being a Modern Wing, which opened in 2009. The permanent collection has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,000 works of art in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design, and from textiles to installation art.

Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States.
Location
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Phone: (312) 443-3600
Website: http://www.artic.edu/
 
Richard H Driehaus Museum
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.” The current exhibition is The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, featuring 37 exceptional examples of American chair design.
Location
40 E Erie St
Chicago, IL
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Website: http://www.driehausmuseum.org/

The Hilton Chicago is sold out. They Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel is conveniently located approximately a mile from our conference hotel.


Overflow Hotel:

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Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel

151 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: (312) 565-1234 ext. 4420 

Hyatt Regnecy Chicago Reservation Link



When making a reservation by phone, ask for the "2018 EVAW Overflow Block." Reservations must be made by Friday, March 16, 2018 to obtain the federal per diem rate (based on availability).

Conference Room Rates:

  • Reservations made after March 16, 2018 will be provided based on room availability at the best available rate.

General Information:

  • Check-in time is 4 pm
  • Check-out time is 12 noon
  • Cancellations must be made no less than 72 hours in advance of check-in date/time
  • Complimentary internet in each guest room.
  • Valet Parking: $69 +Tax per day. This includes in and out privileges. Rates are subject to change.

Conference Hotel

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Hilton Chicago

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 877-865-5320  Group Code: EVA

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A nod to the past with an eye on the future….At the newly redesigned and reimagined Hilton Chicago, urban adventure intersects with historic nuances celebrating legendary service and hospitality extended throughout the years to emperors, kings and queens, presidents and dignitaries, celebrities and most importantly, you.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago – between both the Magnificent Mile and the up-and-coming Cultural Mile, the Hilton Chicago is a magnificent location, overlooking Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus.

Conference Room Rates:

  • Rooms can be reserved at the 2018 federal per diem rate. The 2018 rate is $215, plus taxes and fees.
  • To obtain our conference room rate, reservations must be made by March 9, 2018 (based on availability).
  • A deposit equal to one night's stay is required.
  • Cancellations must be made no less than 3 working days in advance of the check-in date/time for a refund of the deposit.
  • A early departure fee applies, if you check-out prior to your reserved departure date.

General Information:

  • Check-in time is 3 pm
  • Check-out time is 11 am
  • Complimentary high speed internet in guestrooms    
  • Valet Parking: $75.00
  • Self Parking (Garage): $62.00

From Chicago O'Hare International Airport (19 miles from hotel): Follow signs for I-190 East. Take I-190 to I-90 East. I-90 will merge with I-94. Take I-90/94 appx. 18 miles to Jackson St. Exit Jackson St. Drive 1/4 mile on Jackson St., turn right on Michigan Ave. Hotel is 5 blks down.

Taxicabs:

A cab ride from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to the hotel typically costs $50.00.

Uber/Lyft

A ride from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to the hotel typically costs: $25.00.

Shuttle Services:

GO Airport Express provides a shared ride airport shuttle service or private van service, and an exclusive Chicago limousine and private sedan car service throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area. Airport Shuttle Service leaves O'Hare airport for downtown Chicago hotels and businesses every 10 to 15 minutes from terminals 1E, 3F, 2D and 5E. You do not need a reservation if you are leaving O'Hare for downtown. Reservations are required if you are traveling to the airport. Our Airport Shuttle Service begins at 4:00 a.m. for hotels and 5:30 a.m. for suburban service. A shuttle ride from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to the hotel typically costs $37.00.

Subway/Rail:

When taking public transportation to the Hilton Chicago from O'Hare International Airport: Take CTA Blue Line train to the Jackson stop. This is the only subway train leaving O'Hare. Walk 0.6 miles southeast to 720 S. Michigan Ave. Approximate cost: $5.00 from O'Hare International Airport to downtown. For more information please see the Chicago Transit Authority's website.


From Chicago Midway Airport (11 miles from hotel): I-55 North to Chicago North on Lakeshore Drive. Turn left on Balbo, two blocks to hotel on left.

Taxicabs:

A cab ride from Chicago Midway Airport to the hotel typically costs $35.00.

Uber/Lyft

A ride from Chicago Midway Airport to the hotel typically costs: $20.00.

Shuttle Services:

GO Airport Express Go Airport Express offers door-to-door service to and from Midway and most city and suburban neighborhoods from 6 am to 11:30 pm. Departures are about every 15 minutes. Please call Go Airport Express directly at the numbers below for specific departure information. A shuttle ride from Chicago Midway Airport to the hotel typically costs $32.00.

Subway/Rail:

When taking public transportation from Midway Airport to the Hilton Chicago take the CTA Orange Line train to the Roosevelt stop. Walk 0.5 miles north to 720 S. Michigan. Approximate cost: $2.25 from Midway Airport to downtown.  For more information please see the Chicago Transit Authority's website.


Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any additional exhibitors this year. Registration is still open if you would like to attend this year’s conference as a participant. If not, we hope to see you in San Diego in 2019.

Featured Exhibitors

Global Promotional Sales Logo Global Promotional Sales is an industry leader in providing cutting-edge promotional and educational materials for various types of awareness and advocacy causes. Our clients include military, academic, state, city, and federal governments, from non-profit organizations to private businesses. Our materials and products cover a range of social awareness issues, including: sexual assault, domestic violence, drug abuse, and suicide, among many others. As a dedicated team of sales, marketing, and graphic design departments, we work together to help produce products that are customized for your program and needs or with our many stock options that can be personalized at no extra cost. We are inspired by our clients’ ideas for raising awareness for these causes, so let us know how we can help you achieve your promotional goals.
Date Safe Project Logo There are so many questions about relationships, sexual intimacy, consent, bystander intervention, supporting survivors, and creating cultural transformation that it can feel overwhelming for many people and communities. Confusion is widespread across the world in middle schools, high schools, college campuses, the military, throughout society and in the everyday news. Through interactive and engaging, programs, trainings, and educational resources, The DATE SAFE Project, Inc. helps provide specific answers which makes it easier for each person take actions that can immediately help make a positive impact in their life and in the lives of others. It’s all about showing respect, talking, intervening when needed, and caring about each other as human beings. Visit their website: www.DateSafeproject.org or give them a call at 800-329-9390.
Texas A&M College of Nursing Logo Texas A&M College of Nursing prepares professionals from multiple disciplines to excel in various roles as members of the forensic health care team. The graduate-level certificate program is available to post-baccalaureate and post-master’s professionals including health care providers, hospital and community-based social workers, protective service investigators, law enforcement personnel and prosecutors. The MSN–Forensic Nursing track prepares graduates to care for victims and perpetrators of traumatic events or criminal acts. While caring for patients, the forensic nurse is responsible for observing, recognizing, collecting and documenting forensic evidence related to the traumatic event or criminal act for use in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Additionally, Texas A&M College of Nursing is dedicated to providing high-quality continuing education that keeps pace with the rapidly changing health care landscape.
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Certified FETI, the only interview training created and endorsed by FETI Founder Russell W. Strand, is a science-based methodology designed to educate professionals to use empathic listening and brain-based cues to facilitate collection of psychophysiological evidence from those that have experienced trauma or high stress. Certified FETI accurately captures an individual’s high stress or trauma enabling others to understand the experience.

Certified FETI requires practitioners to complete a rigorous certification process and meet an ongoing high standard of accountability providing others access to a worldwide database of certified FETI professionals. The certification process identifies professionals who have obtained the knowledge, skills and abilities to properly utilize the Certified FETI methodology. Learn more and register for training at www.CertifiedFETI.com.

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Founded in 2013 by the Ashland Police Department, the You Have Options Program is a law enforcement-led program that provides uniformity and accountability through training and technical assistance to sworn law enforcement agencies who are committed to the highest standards of response to sexual violence. The You Have Options Program’s trauma-informed “20 Elements” lead to increased reporting by victims, increased identification of sexual offenders, and improved investigations.

In 2015 the Brighton Police Department in Colorado became the first national YHOP Law Enforcement Agency, with additional agencies joining every year. Join the You Have Options Program and be part of building a criminal justice system where victims of sexual violence view law enforcement as a viable route to justice. Learn more at www.ReportingOptions.org.


Technology Alliance Partner

Ten8Tech/VictimLink Logo


Collaborative Partners

Apriss Logo PSA Logo Elder Abuse Conference Logo eTWIST® Logo SDFI Logo Liam Crest Logo

Other 2018 Exhibitors include:

  • Office of Justice Programs
  • Catharsis Productions
  • Center for Victim Research
  • International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)    
  • Justice 3D
  • Made for Freedom
  • National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
  • Osnium
  • Cortexflo
  • RedRover
  • Columbia Southern University
  • Making Right Choices


Hotel Room Block

The 2018 government per diem rate plus tax and fees per room/per night.

To take advantage of the conference room rate, reservations must be made by March 9, 2018.


Graph of the 2017 Conference Attendees by discipline

Why Participate?

  • Access to 2000+ expected conference attendees.
  • Establish lasting relationships with leaders making a difference in the lives of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and trafficking.
  • Engage professionals from the fields of criminal justice, victim advocacy and health care.
  • Increase the visibility of your products and services to those working to end gender-based violence.

Up to 19.25 contact hours available: (Day 1 only = 6.5) (Day 2 only = 7.25) (Day 3 only = 5.5)

Continuing Education (CE) contact hours are available for Nurses and Social Workers only. Because of the varying needs and costs associated, we are not able to provide CE contact hours for every discipline. The fee for CE contact hours is $25.00.

Nurses: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15641. Nurses will need their license number in order to receive a certificate. Certificates of completion will be issued to attendees within ninety (90) days of the conference.

Social Workers: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval Number 886443650-2626). However, the following states will not accept NASW national approval: New York, Michigan, West Virginia, New Jersey, Idaho, and Oregon.

The following steps are required to receive a CE certificate for Nurses and Social Workers:

  • Attend trainings and complete the Official Record of Attendance.  On the last day of the conference, turn in your record of attendance to the CE table.
  • Complete the overall conference evaluation online.
  • After you've completed the evaluation, and we have verified your record of attendance, a certificate of attendance will be emailed to the address you provided.

Illinois Attorneys: Our conference is pre-approved for up to 19.25 Illinois MCLE general credit hours.

  • Pick up your Official Record of Attendance form at the CE desk, and provide your Attorney ARDC Number.
  • Attend training and complete the Official Record of Attendance. On the last day of the conference, turn in your record of attendance to the CE desk.
  • Complete the overall conference evaluation online.
  • After you’ve completed the evaluation, and we have verified your record of attendance, a certificate of attendance will be emailed to the address you provided.

Law Enforcement: Because of the varying needs of law enforcement, we cannot apply for POST credit in each state. However, law enforcement personnel are encouraged to download the agenda, abstracts and biographical sketches of speakers to submit to your continuing education board for approval. Please contact us if we can provide you with assistance.

Victim Advocates: The International Conference is typically approved for Department of Defense Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates (SAPRVAs) to receive CEUs through the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Civilian Advocates are also generally approved to receive conference CEUs through the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). Visit www.trynova.org for more information about these programs.

The following steps are required to receive CEUs for D-SAACP and NACP certified Advocates:

  • Pick up your Official Record of Attendance form at the CE desk.
  • Attend trainings and complete the Official Record of Attendance.
  • Have an EVAWI staff member or volunteer initial for each workshop attended.
  • DO NOT turn in your record of attendance to the CE table at the end of the conference. Take your Official Record of Attendance and submit it when you apply for D-SAACP or NACP certification renewal.

Other Organizations: If you belong to another organization, you will be able to get a certificate of attendance if you complete the online evaluation, and we encourage you to submit that along with our agenda, abstracts and speakers’ biographical sketches, (all available on our website) to your own organization to see if you could get the continuing education credit you are seeking.

Professional Development Scholarships

The Office for Victims of Crime is no longer accepting scholarship applications.

The Office for Victims of Crime provides a limited number of professional development scholarships to those who work with victims of crime. The program provides up to $1,000 for individuals, $1,500 for individuals traveling from outside the contiguous United States, and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals seeking education opportunities. The scholarship program is administered by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC).

The OVC Professional Development Scholarship Program covers some or all of the following:

  • Event registration fees (excluding late registration fees)
  • Lodging expenses (up to the federal government rate)
  • Meals/incidentals (up to the federal government rate)
  • Ground transportation
  • Transportation expenses (not to exceed $600)

Scholarship awards are based on eligibility, are limited to available funds, and are processed in the order in which applications are received. Scholarships are non-transferable and can be used only for professional development related to an applicant's responsibilities for serving victims of crime. Scholarship awards do not cover licensing and/or credentialing fees or bachelor/graduate degrees.

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professional Development Scholarship application at least 60 calendar days in advance of prior to the event start date, no exeptions granted.

Only one scholarship per person and per organization will be awarded in any 12-month period from the date of the event.

Scholarships are non-transferable.

Professional Development Scholarship funds are provided through a reimbursement process after the event.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for the OVC Professional Development Scholarship Program include service providers from any organization, public, nonprofit, or faith-based, who provide direct victim services within the United States, the District of Columbia, and the following U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Crime victims and survivors (who have provided direct victim services for a year)
  • Victim service providers and advocates
  • Social service providers
  • Mental health workers
  • Health care professionals
  • Substance abuse workers
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Prosecutors
  • Multidisciplinary teams (MDT) of victim service providers (up to five individuals)

Individuals as well as MDT's of up to five individuals (e.g. prosecutors, victim service providers, law enforcement professionals, health care providers), may apply.


Conference Scholarships for Law Enforcement

The deadline for this scholarship has passed.
Applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions by November 1, 2017

We are extremely pleased to announce that our grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) includes funding to support 10 scholarships for sworn law enforcement professionals to attend our 2018 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias to be held in Chicago, IL.

The scholarships will cover the full cost of the conference registration, in addition to a $500 travel stipend. If you have a grant, you can check with your grant program manager to see if grant funds can be used to cover any remaining travel expenses.

Conference registration includes:

  • Three days of training with leading national experts
  • Three light continental breakfasts
  • Three seated lunches
  • Electronic Course Material

Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be a sworn law enforcement officer working in the United States or Territories. Based on the specific grant objectives for this OVW-funded project, applicants must have some responsibility for responding to or investigating sexual assault.

To Apply

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. To apply, please complete the application form and submit it to Cheri@evawintl.org by October 1, 2017.

After submitting your application, you will receive an email message confirming receipt. If you have not received confirmation within three (3) business days, please email Cheri@evawintl.org.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of multidisciplinary professionals who will rate them using standardized criteria. These criteria are designed to assess the following areas:

  • Level of current and future responsibility for sexual assault response and investigation
  • Demonstrated self-initiative (e.g., completion of EVAWI OLTI modules, webinars, participation in a Start by Believing campaign)
  • Availability of training opportunities for sexual assault response and investigation
  • Availability of funds to support conference participation, e.g., agency, community, personal
  • Evidence for the potential impact of improving knowledge and skills in this area

In the past, some applicants have been unable to utilize their scholarship because leave and/or travel had not been approved. Therefore, your application must include a letter on Department letterhead from your chain of command demonstrating agency support for conference participation. Applications without a letter of support will not be considered.

Notification

Applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions by November 1, 2017.


This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Technology Alliance Partner

VictimLink Logo

Ten8Tech is a trusted technology partner for law enforcement. We join EVAWI in the effort to equip both professionals and the public as we transform the response to sexual assault. In 2016 EVAWI and Ten8Tech joined forces in a collaborative effort to introduce a new automated crisis aid platform, Victim Link, in conjunction with the Start by Believing campaign. This platform offers an interactive dialogue through the “Seek Then Speak” Voice, Mobile, Web, and Text interfaces. Seek Then Speak enables a sexual assault victim or support person to get vital information, connect with victim advocates, and report to law enforcement.

Collaborative Partners

Apriss Logo

Appriss provides data-driven solutions to fulfill our mission of keeping communities safe and informed. Partnering with public safety, government, healthcare, and the commercial market, Appriss delivers solutions that prevent fraud, mitigate risk, fight crime, ensure compliance, increase public safety and save lives. Appriss' solutions are always backed by excellent customer support with technical agents in the U.S. that are available to help 24x7x365. Visit www.Appriss.com.

PSA Logo

PSA Worldwide specializes in providing products to make your job easier to promote your cause, program, or company.

We are a woman- and veteran-owned small business with the heart for serving others. PSA not only has a robust selection of promotional products, but we have proven expertise in developing educational products for awareness and prevention programs and campaigns.

Elder Abuse Conference Logo

The 2018 Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference will continue the history of excellence in providing training for licensed professionals, other care providers and law enforcement personnel. The brightest, most articulate and highly skilled presenters will deliver compelling information on a variety of topics that relate to variety of different issues that constitute Elder Abuse.

Nationally approved continuing education credits will be offered for several professions, including social workers, counselors, nurses, certified case managers and bankers; Louisiana approved credit will be offered for attorneys and physical therapists. Additional approved accreditation for other professions is under discussion.

A special track of case history presentations will be available to all interested in the effective identification and prosecution of Elder Abuse. Forensic staff, law enforcement officers, coroners, advocates, attorneys and nurses will benefit from this track. Registration opens April 1, 2018.

eTWIST® Logo

The eTWIST® evidence tracking team is proud to support EVAWI in creating a world where gender-based violence is unacceptable. Our mobile barcode/RFID tracking systems connect criminal justice professionals to on-scene and medical evidence collected in order to hold perpetrators accountable and stop serial offenders. eSAFE™ (electronic Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) is the data repository that links multiple computerized evidence management systems including judicial, advocate, and healthcare systems. Come by our booth to learn how Primary Marking System's patented evidence and sexual assault kit tracking technology can help get justice for victims of violent crime. Legislators, attorney generals and SAKI team coordinators can also contact Carolyn Green, our community outreach coordinator, at cgreen@primarymarking.com to learn how to use our two decades of industry expertise to connect multidisciplinary partners or to develop new, difficult, or large-scale tracking systems.

SDFI Logo

SDFI-Telemedicine offers secure photodocumentation systems with workflow solutions for medical and legal groups. SDFI-TeleMedicine offers all photodocumentation equipment, AES 256 bit advanced encryption software tools, Secure File Portal, Customer Support, Education and Training so medical and legal groups can shoot, store and send photos, videos and data securely between locations. In business since 2001, medical and legal groups currently use SDFI-TeleMedicine Photodocumentation Systems in their emergency rooms, Sexual Assault Programs, DV, Strangulation, Child Advocacy Centers, Child Abuse and all other types of photodocumentation needs for investigations.

Liamcrest Logo

Liam Crest is an Edtech firm that specializes in Program Development. We work with organizations to help with program development, curriculum design, and training. We pride ourselves in creating content that will address your organization’s needs without losing your vision. Products can include manuals, videos, train the trainer guides (lesson plans), workbooks, assessments, textbooks, and eLearning and mLearning course and platform options. www.liamcrest.com

Evidence Tech Mag Logo

Evidence Technology Magazine is published four times a year and is distributed free of charge to qualified professionals in the United States who deal with crime-scene investigation, evidence collection and preservation, and forensic science.

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Violence and Gender is the first and only peer-reviewed journal focusing on the understanding, prediction, and prevention of acts of violence. The Journal is the international forum for the critical examination of biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, racial, ethnic, and cultural factors as they relate to the gender of perpetrators of violence. Through peer-reviewed research, roundtable discussions, case studies, and other original content, Violence and Gender explores the difficult issues that are vital to threat assessment and prevention of the epidemic of violence.


Picture of the ballroom at the 2017 Conference in OrlandoOur mission is to inspire and educate those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. We promote victim-centered, multidisciplinary collaboration, which strengthens the response of the criminal justice system, other professionals, allies, and the general public - making communities safer.

Our goal is to pave the way for survivors to achieve justice and healing, so the decision to come forward and seek help is a safe one. Our vision is to end the cycle of repeat offenses and assure that perpetrators are held accountable.

As a corporate partner, you can help transform this vision into reality.

Sponsorship Levels

At each level of corporate partnership, we will work with your company to create a tailored package that best supports your overall brand perception. Depending on the sponsorship level, this could include developing materials, messaging, and a variety of other initiatives. You can view a complete list of our sponsorship levels in our Corporate Partnership Prospectus.

Conference Sponsorship

There are a number of particularly valuable opportunities for corporate partnership at our annual conference, which provides training for thousands of professionals on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, and elder abuse.

Our 2017 conference was held in Orlando, FL, and it drew a total of 2,069 attendees from 49 states, 3 territories and 13 different countries. The 2018 conference will take place in Chicago, IL April 3 - 5, and it will have a special focus on gender bias.

Conference sponsorships provide a unique opportunity to highlight your commitment to victims as well as professionals. This international event consistently brings together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, medical personnel, faith community members, educators, researchers and others for three days of training highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes.

An additional day of training will be offered on April 2nd, the day before our main conference begins. This pre-conference training will provide participants an opportunity to participate in the Why They Fight the Facts and What to Do About It: Learning How to Respond to Victim Blaming Arguments, Myths about False Reporting, and Folks Who Just Don’t Get it.

Questions? Contact Us!

We look forward to discussing sponsorship opportunities with you! Please feel free to call Jacque Bassett at 509-684-9800 or email jacque@evawintl.org

Conference Evaluations

Your feedback is a valuable tool that we use to continually improve our annual conference. If you did not complete the evaluations at the conference, we would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete the evaluations. The deadline for submitting an overall conference and pre-conference evaluation is May 4, 2018. If you do not completed your evaluation(s) by the deadline, you will not be sent a certificate of attendance for either event.



Overall Conference Evaluation

Monday, April 2, 2018 - Pre-Conference

Why They Fight the Facts and What to Do About It: Learning How to Respond to Victim Blaming Arguments, Myths about False Reporting, and Folks Who Just Don't Get It

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Conference Day 1

Plenary I: Overcoming Bias in the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault

Plenary II: The Canary in the Coal Mine: What Rape Jokes Signal About Our Culture

8 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Sexual Assault Investigations and Their Intersection with Title IX
  2. How One Case Changed an Office
  3. The Science of DNA Recovery: Where Do I Put That Q-Tip?
  4. Your Case is Just a Phone Call Away!
  5. “He Enslaved Me, Don’t Add to My Pain”: Reducing Gender Bias and Improving Interview Techniques for Richer Outcomes in Human Sex Trafficking Survivor Interviews
  6. Navigating the System: Conducting Systems Advocacy on Behalf of Incarcerated Survivors
  7. What Makes Someone an Expert Witness? Breaking Down Barriers to Educating Jurors About Trauma and Survivors Through Expert Testimony by Advocates and Law Enforcement Officers
  8. Faith-Based Work with Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse: The Sisters of Tamar Support Circle Project

8 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Compassion in Action: Helping Students to Respond Appropriately When They Learn About Sexual Assault and Bullying
  2. Eliminating Gender Bias in Law Enforcement – From the Inside Out
  3. Prosecution and Beyond: Providing Accountability in the Eye of Campus Survivors
  4. Transforming Care of Sexual Assault Patients through TeleMedicine Technology
  5. Out of the Shadows: Adolescent Stalking Behavior
  6. Dispelling Myths and Improving Practice: An Examination of Untested Rape Kits in Cuyahoga County
  7. CSI Photography: Don’t Just Take Pictures, Take the Pictures You Want! (Part 1)
  8. Preventing Repeat Domestic Violence Using an Innovative Tiered Response Model

5 Concurrent Evening Sessions

  1. Gaining Insight on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias – Through the Lens of Diverse Populations
  2. SAFE Case Review
  3. CSI Photography: Don’t Just Take Pictures, Take the Pictures You Want! (Part 2)
  4. Peep Behind the Curtain – Porn and its Impact on Intimate Partner Violence
  5. How Do We Know We are Making a Difference? A Critical Conversation on Building Research Partnerships and Tools to Help End Violence Against Women

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Conference Day 2

Plenary I: Home Truth: The Documentary Film About Jessica Lenahan (Formerly Gonzalez)

Plenary II: Full Circle – Celebrating Seven Years of Start by Believing After Historic Chicago Launch

Plenary III: After You Start by Believing, What's Next? Transforming Victim Access to Law Enforcement, Advocacy, and Information


8 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Panel Workshop: Seek Then Speak and Victim Link - Live Demonstration and Pilot Program
  2. Cultivating Systems Change: Seeds of Change for SART Leaders
  3. Human Trafficking: GAO Findings with Respect to Law Enforcement Challenges, Federal Funding and Impact on Native Americans
  4. How Cook County Prosecutors, Chicago Police, Advocates, Probation and Civil Attorneys formed a Multidisciplinary Team to Offer Victims of Sexual Assault Better Investigations, Prosecutions, Civil Remedies and Victim Services
  5. Rapid DNA Service for Sexual Assault Kits
  6. The Intersection of Forced Marriage and Other Forms of Harm in the US – Best Practice Guidance and Policy Recommendation for Service Providers and Advocates
  7. Effectively Communicating with Difficult Victims
  8. She Must be Lying to Us! Police Skepticism and the Risk of Charging Rape Victims with False Reporting

8 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Strengthening Military and Civilian Advocacy Partnerships
  2. Marketing a Movement
  3. Rethinking Community Strategies to Deter & Respond to Human Trafficking: A Four-Pronged Approach
  4. Biological Evidence and Criminal Justice Actions in Sexual Assault Cases: How are Police and Prosecutors Making Use of Exam Results and SANE Examiners?
  5. Anatomy of a Domestic Violence Case
  6. Creating Youth-Centered Options for Reporting Sexual Assault
  7. Sexual Assault within Intimate Partner Violence: Improving Law Enforcement Responses and Reducing Gender Bias
  8. Glancing Backward, Looking Forward: Guidelines and Strategies for the Investigation of Sexual Assault

5 Concurrent Evening Sessions

  1. How to Retrieve What is Lost: New Frontiers for Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Cases
  2. SART Toolkit
  3. Changing Culture: Using the Start by Believing Campaign to Improve Responses
  4. Investigating Campus Sexual Assaults: The Unique Challenges Presented
  5. Documentary Films and Advocacy: The Home Truth Impact Campaign

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Conference Day 3

8 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System: Effective Use of a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
  2. Missing You: The Relationship Between Mass Homicides and Domestic Violence
  3. The Transformation of Major Case Investigations Commander and the Difference It Made: Middle Management – The Key to Law Enforcement Culture Change
  4. Basic to Complex Evaluation of Older Persons: Is it Rape, Abuse, or Something Else?
  5. Self-Care in High Intensity Work
  6. Investigating Sexual Assault by Intoxication Cases
  7. Post-Arrest Investigation for Intimate Partner Violence: Leveraging Existing State Statutes in a Post-Crawford Era
  8. Utilizing the MDT for Investigation and Prosecution of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Indian Country: A Trauma-Informed Approach

8 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Media and the #MeToo Moment
  2. The Challenges of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
  3. Why Doesn’t She Leave? The Science Behind the Seduction: Victim Dynamics in IPV Cases
  4. Bringing Your Prosecutors on Board with Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Prosecutions
  5. Applying an Economic Lens to Strengthen Cases and Victim Safety
  6. The NIJ-FBI Sexual Assault Kit Partnership: Best Practices and Lessons Learned by the FBI Laboratory DNA Casework Unit
  7. Law Enforcement Supervision and Accountability
  8. Understanding the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault in the Military Justice System

Plenary I: No More Sorrow, No More Silence: The VOICE of a Survivor

Plenary II: The Godfather Meets Pretty Woman: An Intimate Partner Stalking Case Study from Prosecution to Beyond



 
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