How We Got Our Start
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) was founded in 2003 by Sergeant Joanne Archambault, who retired from the San Diego Police Department after serving almost 23 years in law enforcement. During her decades of work with victims and other professionals, Sergeant Archambault saw a critical need for training in sexual assault investigation and prosecution.
EVAWI was created to fill this void.
We inspire and educate those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. We promote victim-centered, multidisciplinary collaboration, which strengthens the response of the criminal justice system, other professionals, allies, and the general public — making communities safer.
We work to achieve our mission by:
- Formulating policies and best practices to guide reforms
- Hosting live and online training programs for professionals
- Providing technical assistance and expert consultation
- Developing and disseminating resource materials
- Educating policymakers, media representatives, and the public
- Conducting and translating research for practitioners
- Promoting multidisciplinary collaboration
- Partnering with organizations that share our vision
What We Aim to Accomplish
Working with professionals inside and outside the criminal justice system, we seek to improve outcomes for victims and pursue accountability for their assailants. Our goal is to protect victims, prevent future attacks, and keep our communities safe.
We envision a world where gender-based violence is unacceptable on every level – where victims receive the compassion, support and justice they deserve.
When we create a system that helps victims not only to heal, but to thrive, they will transform our world with strength, hope, and joy.