Creating System-Level Reforms
Champions of Change work on a state or national level, to create system-level reforms in the way we respond to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF CAMPUS SAFETY/CHIEF OF POLICE, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
John Venuti served on the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Sexual Assault in Higher Education and is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Violence Against Women Leadership Institute.
CRIME VICTIM SERVICES COORDINATOR, RICE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Shawn Becker has been championing positive change over the course of his 16-year career in law enforcement, including eight years as a detective specializing in…
POLICE SERGEANT, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Sergeant Liz Donegan led the Austin Police Department to revolutionize its investigation of sexual assault, and played an integral role in forming the Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit.
PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE FOR HOPE INTERNATIONAL
Casey Gwinn is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center movement, the rapidly developing, international approach of co-locating services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and their children.
POLICE CAPTAIN, JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Captain Holt’s tireless efforts led to the opening of a Family Justice Center in Jackson-Madison County, the Safe Hope Center, which brings together multidisciplinary components of integrated criminal justice and community response to domestic and sexual violence.
CHIEF OF POLICE, YAVAPAI COLLEGE
Chief Jerald Monahan has dedicated his 38-year law enforcement career to addressing violence against women and improving responses for survivors and their families.
Shirley Paceley is an author, international trainer, counselor, consultant, advocate, and visionary, who has worked at the intersection of violence and people with disabilities for nearly 45 years.
CLINICAL FORENSIC NURSING PROGRAM CONSULTANT
In conjunction with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Jacqueline Callari Robinson created a statewide training program for Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric SANEs.
SENIOR CRIME ANALYST, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Tess Sherman has created change in her community by working as a Crime Intelligence Analyst for the Austin Police Department since 1998, with a current focus on violent crimes.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ALLIANCE FOR HOPE INTERNATIONAL
Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating systems and social change through critical programs.
Herb Tanner served as the Director of the Violence Against Women Project for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) from 2003 to 2016 where he trained two generations of prosecutors.
NOMINATE A CHAMPION OF CHANGE
We are looking for individuals whose heartfelt commitment and tireless dedication have improved system-level responses to gender-based violence. By challenging the status quo, they effect real change, and they inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Do you know someone who fits the bill?
A Champion of Change is someone who:
- Challenges the status quo to create system-level changes
- Helps to support survivors and hold offenders accountable
- Mentors the next generation of reformers and leaders