Grace Frances

Grace Frances

Director of Community Partnerships


Grace Frances is the Director of Community Partnerships for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) and leads the collaborative partnership that created the new Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam (SAMFE) Virtual Practicum. She also focuses on fund development to expand EVAWI’s ability to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault survivors. 

Prior to joining EVAWI, Frances worked for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) for 16 years, where she initiated and ran the state’s first trauma-informed sexual assault investigations program for law enforcement, dispatchers, and prosecutors. At FCASV she managed statewide certification of Florida’s 31 sexual assault programs, working with centers to ensure quality service provision. Frances also spent five years as a volunteer advocate supporting sexual assault victims and 11 years as a volunteer counselor for a crisis hotline. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.