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CRITERIA FOR THE VISIONARY AWARD: EVAWI's Visionary Award is designed to recognize individuals for their vision and leadership in ending violence against women. Recipients are thus honored for their individual vision and dedication, rather than the work of an organization. The award is given to an individual who has advanced the field through research or practice, which has increased public awareness of the problem of violence against women and improved the response of criminal justice and community systems. Recipients of the Visionary Award must have victim sensitivity and offender accountability at the center of their professional mission, and they must have demonstrated a willingness to face existing problems and gaps in service and respond by designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative solutions. Because this type of vision, leadership, and innovation is likely to have its detractors - - both within society and in the professional disciplines -- the award is designed to recognize the courage of recipients to challenge conventional wisdom and assume the personal and professional risks involved in pursuing these goals.
 
2017 Visionary Award
Presented to Dr. Marlene A. Young
For playing such a crucial role in improving the lives of victims through her work with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), the World Society of Victimology (WSV), and the International Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA). In addition to her advocacy work, Dr. Young has also created knowledge and worked tirelessly to ensure that it is translated into policy and practice. She has traveled the world speaking out on victim rights and served as a consultant to six U.S. Cabinet-level Departments as well as the United Nations.
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 Visionary Award
Presented to Rebecca Campbell, PhD
For her groundbreaking research on violence against women, specifically sexual assault and the response of legal, medical, and mental health systems to the needs of rape survivors.
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 Visionary Award
Presented to Chief Jerald Monahan
For his dedication to addressing violence against women throughout his 36-year law enforcement career - as well as his commitment to making Arizona the first Start by Believing state. Chief Monahan used his connections to gather support for the Start by Believing campaign in numerous cities, counties, and campuses across the state of Arizona, as well as the Arizona House of Representatives and the Office of the Arizona Governor. He continues to lead all of us toward a Start by Believing nation.
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 Visionary Award
Presented to Lynn Schafran, JD
For her leadership in seeking to end gender discrimination in all of its forms, including violence against women. Through her prolific writing, wise counsel, and tireless advocacy – as well as your groundbreaking efforts to educate the judiciary – Lynn has sparked changes that will ripple through the justice system and benefit all who are victimized.
Award presented at the 2014 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Trafficking, April 22 -25, 2014, at the Sheraton Downtown in Seattle, WA.
2013 Visionary Award
Presented to Linda Ledray, PhD
For her vision in creating new ways to provide medical and forensic services for sexual assault victims, and her leadership to inspire similar reforms across the country and around the world. Linda's tireless efforts have helped to pursue justice and healing for countless survivors.
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 Visionary Award
Presented to Russell Strand
For his long career of dedicated service to the women, men, and children who are victims of violence. The training program Russell developed for Army investigators has created real change in holding offenders accountable and now serves as a model for military and civilian agencies around the world. With vision, courage, compassion and good humor, Russell's tireless efforts have made a difference in the lives of countless survivors.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, April 2-4, 2012, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA. For more information on Russell Strand: http://www.army.mil/article/72055/Army_expert_receives_national_recognition_for_combating_sexual_assault/
2011 Visionary Award
Presented to Lt. Mark Wynn
For his vision in confronting the devastating problem of family violence, and his leadership in inspiring others to join the cause. Lt. Wynn's tireless efforts to improve our response to violence have helped to pursue justice for countless victims and hold more perpetrators accountable.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, April 11-13, 2011, held at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare, in Chicago, Illinois
2010 Visionary Award
Presented to Mary P. Koss, PhD
For her vision in creating new fields of knowledge, leadership in forging new directions, and dedication to bridging the divide between research and practice. Because of Mary's tireless efforts, we are better able to understand and serve the many needs of sexual assault victims in our communities.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, April 19-21, 2010, held at the Intercontinental Buckhead, in Atlanta, Georgia
2009 Visionary Award
Presented to Teresa Scalzo, JD
For her vision, leadership, and dedication to the cause of successfully prosecuting cases of sexual assault, particularly those committed by someone known to the victim and/or facilitated with drugs and alcohol. Teresa's tireless efforts to improve the prosecution of difficult cases have helped us to pursue justice for countless victims and hold more perpetrators accountable.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, May 18-20, 2009, held at the Anaheim Marriott, in Anaheim, California
2008 Visionary Award
Presented to Marc LeBeau, PhD
For his vision, leadership, and dedication to the cause of properly investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes, particularly those facilitated with drugs or alcohol. Because of Marc's tireless efforts to improve our nation’s response to these difficult cases, you have helped to pursue justice for countless victims and hold more perpetrators accountable.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, March 31-April 2, 2008, held at the Astor Crowne Plaza, in New Orleans, Louisiana
2007 Visionary Award
Presented to Anne K. Ream
For her tireless work on behalf of sexual assault survivors—particularly to ensure that we hear their voices and see their faces—so their experiences can help to create positive change in our communities.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, April 16-18, 2007, held at the Westin Galleria, in Houston, Texas
2005 Visionary Award
Presented to David Lisak, PhD
For his research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. In particular, the motives and characteristics of “undetected” rapists – men who rape but are never prosecuted.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, October 3-5, 2005, held at the Renaissance Harborplace, in Baltimore, Maryland
2003 Visionary Award
Presented to The Honorable Bill Lockyer
For his work to eliminate the DNA backlog in the State of California. He not only committed the necessary funds, he did so through a thoughtful allocation of resources, enhancing the effectiveness of law enforcement in solving the most heinous of crimes. Our communities are safer today because of his efforts.
Award presented at the International Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Conference, April 23-25, 2003, San Diego, California
2002 Visionary Award
Presented to The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
For initiating landmark federal legislation to end violence against women and for dedication and longstanding commitment to policies that further these goals
Award presented at the International Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Conference, March 13-16, 2002, San Diego, California
 
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