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Kimberly A. Lonsway, PhD
Dr. Kim Lonsway is a Founding Board Member and current Research Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault. Since its inception in 2003, EVAWI has received more than $8.9 million in public and private funding, and provided training and technical assistance to tens of thousands of professionals. In 2018 alone, 3,200 professionals completed a total of 8,241 modules in the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI), racking up 69,945 hours of training. That same year, EVAWI’s website had nearly 7.6 million page views, with a total of 359,829 resources downloaded, an average of almost 1,000 per day. 

Our Start by Believing campaign, first launched in 2011, is also transforming personal and professional responses to sexual assault. With campaigns taking hold in countless communities, states, and even internationally, our vision is becoming a reality as we change how individuals respond when victims utter those terrible words: “I was raped.”

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 Ph.D. 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 fifteen 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.

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