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Call for Proposals

Deadline for 2019 conference proposals: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.

All presentation proposals will be reviewed and decisions emailed no later than July, 1st, 2018.

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and Increasing Access

San Diego, CA
April 22-24, 2019

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) invites proposals for presentations to be given at our international conference, which promotes innovative techniques and promising practices for responding to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, and other gender-based crimes. The EVAWI conference takes a multidisciplinary approach to training, bringing together the many professionals who respond to these crimes.

We are seeking proposals for workshop presentations that meet our mission and the conference objectives, which are to:

  • Improve responses to victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, and other gender-based crimes
  • Enhance collaboration among criminal justice and community professionals through a multidisciplinary approach
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of those who perpetrate gender-based violence
  • Promote effective prevention and risk reduction programs

Topics of Interest

While there are a wide variety of topics that could meet these objectives, we specifically encourage proposals that fit the 2019 conference theme of Increasing Access. For example:

  • Reducing barriers for survivors and their support people
  • Responding appropriately to victim disclosures
  • Increased reporting and help-seeking by victims
  • Public outreach and community involvement
  • Accessibility of services for diverse populations
  • Reaching underserved communities
  • Intersectionality of multiple identities
  • Technology solutions for increasing access
  • Transparency and accountability in agency responses
  • Systemic reforms to improve responses and reduce bias
  • Case processing and attrition within the criminal justice system
  • Cross-training and collaboration across professional disciplines
  • Data collection, evaluation, and continuous improvement

These are just a few topics of interest … The possibilities are endless!

Increasing Reporting and Help-Seeking

Within the theme of increasing access, there are a few topics that are of particular interest.

Given our focus on criminal justice participation, we are always interested in hearing about steps taken to increase victim reporting to law enforcement and access to advocacy services. This can include implementing protocols for alternative reporting options, establishing and sustaining multidisciplinary coordination, and reaching out to underserved populations, to ensure that victims are provided with as much support as possible. This is the best way to help them become engaged – and remain engaged – with the systems that exist to serve them.

Meaningful efforts to increase reporting and help-seeking will only be successful if they are systemic and coordinated. No one person or unit can make this change on their own. Therefore, we are particularly interested in proposals that address system-wide changes, such as policy reforms and community-wide protocols. Innovative technology solutions can play an important role in creating systemic change, as can social media and active public outreach.

Improving Access to Medical Forensic Exams

As another example, we are interested in hearing about any efforts to notify the public about the availability of medical forensic exams for sexual assault victims - free of charge, and regardless of whether the victim participates in the criminal justice process. This type of public notification is required by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), for states, territories, and tribes to remain eligible for STOP grant funding. However, we have not seen many examples, so we want to share any information about steps taken, materials developed, and lessons learned.

On a related subject, we are interested in hearing about any efforts to improve transportation options for victims to and from exam facilities, particularly when they have not yet decided to participate in the criminal justice process. This includes transporting victims from one facility to another, if they initially present to a facility that does not offer medical forensic exams.

Intersectionality and Underserved Communities

We are also looking for presentations that explore the concept of "intersectionality," or the overlapping identities of an individual based on factors such as gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and identity, religion, age, mental disability, and physical disability. These overlapping identities can dramatically impact the prevalence and dynamics of victimization, and influence whether and how victims interact with the criminal justice system and existing community resources. They can also affect the quality of services received, including barriers and outcomes for reporting, investigation, and prosecution.

We are seeking proposals that identify areas of discrimination embedded within our systems, and educate professionals on how to combat them. A key element is honoring individuals with multiple marginalized identities, to better understand their needs and respond appropriately.

Selection Criteria

Presentation proposals will be evaluated, based on the following selection criteria:

  • Concrete and innovative recommendations for best practices
  • Quality and clarity of written materials
  • Relevance to the field and multiple disciplines
  • Timeliness with respect to current and emerging issues in the field
  • Practical and empirical basis, bridging research and practice


Priority consideration may be given to presenters who are able pay some of their own travel expenses (using grant funding, agency support, or personal funds). If your proposal is selected, and depending on your answers to our questions about any funding that might be available to you, EVAWI may pay for some or all of the following expenses:

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Travel expenses
  • Hotel accommodations (the night before and the night of your presentation)

No honorarium or speaker fee will be paid to conference presenters.

Submission Requirements

Please see the Presentation Proposal Guidelines for detailed information about what to include in your application, including examples of high-quality abstracts and learning objectives. All workshops are 90 minutes long.

You may submit more than one proposal, but all of the following documents must be submitted for each presentation, in order for it to be considered:

  • A Presenter Application for each presenter
  • A CV (curriculum vitae) or resumé for each presenter (Survivors presenting based on their personal experience do not need to include a CV or resumé)
  • A biographical sketch (no more than 300 words) for each presenter
  • An abstract (no more than 300 words) describing the presentation
  • Measurable learning objectives for each presentation
  • Optional supporting materials

Your application will not be considered unless all required information is submitted.

EVAWI will not generally approve presentations with more than two presenters. This policy is to make sure that speakers have the time needed to effectively share their expertise in the time allotted and because of associated travel expenses. To discuss an exception, contact our Chief Executive Officer, Joanne Archambault, at joanne@evawintl.org.

Deadline and Notification

Please email complete presentation proposals to proposals@evawintl.org.

The deadline for 2019 conference presentation proposals is Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.

However, we strongly suggest submitting your proposal before the deadline, because we review them in an ongoing way. If you have a proposal ready, go ahead and send it in.

Final decisions on 2019 conference proposals will be emailed no later than July 1st, 2018.

Questions? Email proposals@evawintl.org or call (509) 684-9800.

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