Survivor Engagement & Start by Believing Coordinator
Alison Jones-Lockwood is nationally recognized for her expertise in designing community-specific collaborative protocols to address sexual violence. With over 20 years’ experience managing and assisting victim advocacy programs, Jones-Lockwood has trained extensively on criminal justice responses to sexual assault, including the impact of sexual assault on survivors in the aftermath. She has also trained countless advocates, law enforcement personnel, and healthcare professionals in local, regional, statewide, and national programs.
Jones-Lockwood began her career working with survivors and advocates within the US Navy, and has worked for rape crisis centers in California, Kansas, and Missouri. From 2004 to 2010, Jones-Lockwood served as Director of Advocacy with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) in Kansas City, Missouri. While there, she provided leadership both for the volunteer program as well as sexual assault services. She was also an active participant on four Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and task groups for both the Kansas and Missouri statewide coalitions. As the Director of Advocacy, Jones-Lockwood successfully expanded victim advocacy services to two additional rural counties, transitioned the agency to a 24-hour crisis line, and created a regional model to prepare for an increase in hospital and law enforcement advocacy. In 2010, Jones-Lockwood was recognized as the Juliene Maska Advocate of the Year by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Since 2011, Jones-Lockwood has been working for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), where she develops training materials, provides technical assistance for professionals, and manages EVAWI’s social media efforts. As the Survivor Engagement and Start by Believing Coordinator, she also provides oversight to the Survivor Voices project and the Start by Believing program. In that role, Jones-Lockwood works with survivors of gender-based violence to ensure that EVAWI programs are survivor-centered and trauma-informed. Additionally, Jones-Lockwood develops training content for professionals, supports communities preparing to launch campaigns, and coordinates Start by Believing Day activities.