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 20 years’ experience managing and assisting victim advocacy programs, Ms. Jones-Lockwood has trained extensively on the criminal justice response to sexual assault, including the impact of sexual assault in the aftermath. She has trained countless advocates, law enforcement personnel, and healthcare professionals in local, regional, statewide, and national trainings. She eloquently describes the role of the advocate within the criminal justice process, clearly explaining the benefits of victim advocates, and how criminal justice professionals and advocates can best work together. Ms. Jones-Lockwood offers strategies for collaboration, and conflict resolution within professional relationships.
Ms. Jones-Lockwood began her career working with survivors and advocates within the U.S. Navy, and has worked for rape crisis centers in California, Kansas, and Missouri.
From 2004 to 2010, Ms. 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, including victim advocacy, crisis intervention, systems advocacy, legislative advocacy, outreach, and professional education. 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, Ms. 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, Ms. Jones-Lockwood was recognized as the Juliene Maska Advocate of the Year by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Since 2011, Ms. Jones-Lockwood has been working as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), where she develops training materials, provides technical assistance for professionals, responds to survivors and support people, and manages EVAWI’s social media efforts. She is also involved in projects related to the Start by Believing campaign, including website design, support for local campaigns, and organizing Start by Believing Day activities each year.
- Sexual assault advanced victim advocacy
- Impact of sexual assault
- Building and expanding sexual assault services
- Role of the advocate within the criminal justice system
- Sexual assault services in rural communities
- Multidisciplinary collaboration