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CRITERIA FOR THE PROFESSIONAL IMPACT AWARD: This award is given to professionals whose work has significantly influenced their community’s response to violence against women.  Individuals receiving this award are recognized for their passionate engagement, heartfelt commitment, and tireless dedication to the cause.  They know that the only way to create real and lasting change is to work collaboratively with other professionals in their community.  Yet this can be difficult and frustrating work, requiring a high level of sustained energy and interpersonal skills.  It clearly takes a toll on the personal, professional, and emotional lives of recipients.  This work can be particularly challenging because the efforts of award recipients may not be valued within their agency or community, and may not be rewarded within their professional discipline.  The professional impact of award recipients is thus a testament to their personal character.  Because of their work, victims in their communities are more likely to receive the compassionate support and competent services they deserve, and perpetrators are more likely to be held accountable for their crimes.  This award honors the legacy of their professional impact, within their communities and beyond.
 
2017 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Dr. Patricia M. Speck
For her work as an expert Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse. Her broad-ranging expertise covers areas as diverse as public health and forensic nursing, policy and curriculum development, research and program evaluation. Dr. Speck’s research focuses on the relationship between victimization and health and the evaluation of therapeutic interventions to improve victim recovery. She also consults nationally and internationally to evaluate and implement systems change in the response to victims of violence and to remedy health disparities in Africa, Eurasia, Caribbean, and the Americas.
Award presented at the 2017 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Systems Change, April 18 - 20, 2017, at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, FL.
2016 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Sergeant Shawn Saunders
For serving as the catalyst for the Start by Believing campaign in Denver, Colorado. Sgt. Saunders recognized that the campaign could have a broader message and influence if the entire Department of Safety was involved, so he brought together the Police Department, Fire Department and Sheriff's Office to promote Start by Believing. Because of his commitment, Denver joined the nationwide movement by launching the most comprehensive campaign in the country to date.
Award presented at the 2016 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Engaging Men & Boys, March 22-24, 2016, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
2015 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Detective Carrie Hull
For her driving force behind the department's "You Have Options" Program, which established a wide range of uniform procedures for victims of sexual assault to provide information to law enforcement. The procedures are designed to be explicitly victim-centered and based in an understanding of trauma and the impact on disclosure. Equally important are the innovative strategies designed to assist in the identification and prosecution of serial offenders.
Award presented at the 2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses, April 7 - 9, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA
2014 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Kym Worthy, JD
For her profound impact on the response to sexual assault, both inside the boundaries of her own community and beyond. Because of her intense focus and tireless dedication, sexual assault victims in Wayne County are more likely to see their reports thoroughly investigated and their evidence properly handled, thereby increasing the chance that perpetrators will be held accountable. With her vision, she has lead the way for similar changes in communities across the country – to expand the opportunities for justice to all victims of sexual assault.
Award presented at the 2014 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking, April 22 - 24, 2014, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA.
2013 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Ann Burdges
For her profound impact on the response to violence against women, both in her own community and beyond. Because of Ann's work, and especially her efforts to bridge disciplinary boundaries with other professionals, victims are more likely to receive the compassionate support and competent services they deserve - and perpetrators are more likely to be held accountable for their crimes.
Award presented at the 2013 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking, April 3 - 5, 2013, at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.
2012 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Kimberly A. Lonsway, PhD
For her crucial contribution and ability to strike a balance between passion for the issue and deep respect for the research process. The insight she provides uncovers the realities of gender violence and portrays it with undeniable and measurable evidence. This she does while never losing sight of the individuals behind the findings. Her work makes clearer our goal, and ever closer the reality of reaching it. Thank you for your Longstanding Commitment to End Violence Against Women
Presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference on April 2-4, 2012, held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA.
2011 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Sgt. Elizabeth Donegan
For her impact on the response to violence against women, in her community and beyond. Because of Sgt. Donegan's work, and especially her efforts to bridge the disciplinary boundaries with other professionals, victims are more likely to receive the compassionate support and competent services they deserve, and perpetrators are more likely to be held accountable for their crimes.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, held April 11-13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
 
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