Elizabeth Donegan

Elizabeth Donegan

Sergeant, Austin Police Department (Ret.)

Austin, TX

Sergeant Elizabeth Donegan (Ret.) is a 26-year veteran of the Austin Police Department (APD). For over nine years she led the APD Sex Crimes Unit, widely recognized for its progressive approach toward investigating sexual assault, providing better service to victims, and changing the culture surrounding the investigation of non-stranger sexual assault. Sgt. Donegan is Co-Chair of the Austin/Travis County Sexual Assault Response Resource Team (SARRT). The APD Sex Crimes Unit was recognized for its innovative practices by Human Rights Watch in their 2013 report, Improving Police Response to Sexual Assault. 

Sgt. Donegan served as an expert testifying for the Response Systems Panel, a federal advisory committee which conducted an independent review and assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses under military law. She has also instructed and presented at a number of training events and conferences hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army Summit, programs at Ft. Hood, Ft. Sam Houston, and Ft. Leonard Wood. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Donegan serves as a subject matter expert for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on projects related to sexual assault response and investigation, including the National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women and the roll-call training series How to Bring Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice: A Law Enforcement Response. She is a published author and frequent presenter at conferences and seminars. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the first Professional Impact Award given by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) in 2011. Sergeant Donegan was named to the EVAWI Board in 2017. 

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