Elizabeth Donegan

Elizabeth Donegan

Vice President of Criminal Justice Outreach
Sergeant, Austin Police Department (Ret.)


Sergeant Elizabeth Donegan retired as a 26-year veteran of the Austin, Texas Police Department (APD). For over nine years she led the APD Sex Crimes Unit, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Austin/Travis County Sexual Assault Response Resource Team (SARRT). Sgt. Donegan joined the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) in 2017 and currently serves as Vice President of Criminal Justice Outreach.

A veteran of the US Army, Sgt. Donegan has trained and presented at many events and conferences hosted by the US Department of Defense, including the US Army Summit, and programs at Ft. Hood, Ft. Sam Houston, Ft. McCoy, and Ft. Leonard Wood. She also testified as an expert 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.

Sgt. Donegan serves as a subject matter expert for 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 also serves as a consultant for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Sgt. Donegan is a published author and frequent presenter at conferences and seminars. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Harold Cottle Justice Award from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) ‒ both in 2011 and 2019 ‒ and the First Professional Impact Award given by EVAWI in 2011.