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We Want to Improve Our Victim Interviews. Can EVAWI Help with That? Webinar
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 30 minutes long.

Course Description

Never before has there been so much interest in improving the way victims are interviewed, to improve the information obtained during a law enforcement investigation. Almost every week, organizations are reaching out to us with requests for training on this critical area. Fortunately, EVAWI offers many resources to support you in these critical efforts.

Join us for the third webinar in this series highlighting EVAWI resources to support your work. In this brief half-hour session, we will showcase resources specifically designed to help your community improve victim interviews conducted by law enforcement. Then stay tuned for a Q&A with EVAWI’s Director of Research, Dr. Kim Lonsway. With information and tools in hand, you will be better equipped to create change at home.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify, locate, and access EVAWI resources to improve victim interviewing
  • Adapt the information and tools provided for application in your community
  • Support improvements in victim interviews, and law enforcement investigations



Picture of Kimberly LonswayKimberly Lonsway, PhD
Director of Research, EVAWI, San Luis Obispo, CA

Dr. Kim Lonsway is a Founding Board Member and current Research Director for EVAWI, America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault. Before EVAWI, Dr. Lonsway served as the Director of Research for the National Center for Women & Policing and the Director of Research and Training for Penny Harrington & Associates. She also taught psychology at California Polytechnic State University.

Dr. Lonsway earned her PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and then served for two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the interdisciplinary American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. Her research has always focused on sexual violence and the criminal justice and community response system, and she volunteered for over 15 years as a victim advocate for rape crisis centers in two different communities. In 2012, she was awarded the first-ever Volunteer of the Decade Award from the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center in San Luis Obispo, CA - an award specifically created to recognize Lonsway's years of service and dedication to this local rape crisis center.

Dr. Lonsway co-authored a book with Chief Penny Harrington entitled: Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and Nontraditional Fields for Women (Prentice Hall). She has also written over 60 published articles, book chapters, technical reports, government reports, and commissioned documents - in addition to numerous training modules, bulletins, and other resources. She served for five years as Co-Editor of the Sexual Assault Report, a bimonthly publication of the Civic Research Institute.

Over her career, Dr. Lonsway has trained thousands of professionals across the country and around the world, testified as an expert witness in both criminal and civil court cases, and responded to countless inquiries from survivors, practitioners, researchers, educators, policymakers, and the media on topics associated with sexual assault victimization and the criminal justice and community response system.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 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. -->
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