Kim Lonsway

Kim Lonsway

Director of Research


Kim Lonsway earned her PhD in psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with research focused on sexual violence and criminal justice responses. She went on to serve two years in a post-doctoral fellowship at the American Bar Foundation, four years as Director of Research for the National Center for Women and Policing, and another four years as Director of Research and Training for Chief Penny Harrington & Associates. She also taught courses in psychology and quantitative research methods at the University of Illinois, DePaul University College of Law, and California Polytechnic State University.  

A prolific writer, Dr. Lonsway co-authored a book with Chief Penny Harrington entitled: Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and Nontraditional Fields for Women. She has also written over 100 research articles, training modules, book chapters, and other resources, and she served for five years as Co-Editor of Sexual Assault Report, a bimonthly publication of the Civic Research Institute.  

Dr. Lonsway has trained thousands of professionals, testified as an expert witness in both criminal and civil court cases, and responded to countless inquiries from researchers, practitioners, educators, survivors, policymakers, and the media. She also volunteered for over 15 years as a victim advocate in two communities. In 2012, she was awarded the first-ever Volunteer of the Decade Award from the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center in San Luis Obispo, California.  

In 2003, Dr. Lonsway was invited to serve as a Founding Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), a fledgling nonprofit dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault. In 2004, she assumed the role as Director of Research, and she has since helped EVAWI grow into the premiere criminal justice training organization on sexual assault investigations, providing superior training and resources, influencing national policy, and mentoring a new generation of leaders. In 2011, EVAWI expanded its impact with the launch of Start by Believing, a public awareness and action campaign designed to transform the way society responds to victims of sexual violence. More recently, EVAWI developed Seek Then Speak, a self-guided online interviewing tool for survivors to gather information, explore options, and begin reporting to law enforcement if they choose.