Professional Impact Award

Professional Impact Award

2019

Gael Strack

For revolutionary work as a Co-Founder and CEO for Alliance for HOPE International, and trailblazing leadership on the investigation and prosecution of strangulation. Her fiercely determined efforts have created pathways to hope for countless victims, and helped to break the generational cycle of abuse.

2018

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

For her leadership in improving sexual assault response in Illinois. With her guidance, lawmakers have developed and passed a number of critical initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence. This includes groundbreaking legislation to ensure that law enforcement agencies across the state have model policies, cutting edge training, and support to enact meaningful reforms in sexual assault response and investigation. A champion for victims, Attorney General Madigan is clearly charting a course for reform that other states will follow.

2017

Patricia Speck
Dr. Patricia M. Speck

For her work as an expert Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse. Her broad-ranging expertise covers areas as diverse as public health and forensic nursing, policy and curriculum development, research and program evaluation. Dr. Speck’s research focuses on the relationship between victimization and health and the evaluation of therapeutic interventions to improve victim recovery. She also consults nationally and internationally to evaluate and implement systems change in the response to victims of violence and to remedy health disparities in Africa, Eurasia, Caribbean, and the Americas.

2016

Shawn Saunders
Sergeant Shawn Saunders

For serving as the catalyst for the Start by Believing campaign in Denver, Colorado. Sgt. Saunders recognized that the campaign could have a broader message and influence if the entire Department of Safety was involved, so he brought together the Police Department, Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office to promote Start by Believing. Because of his commitment, Denver joined the nationwide movement by launching the most comprehensive campaign in the country to date.

2015

Carrie Hull
Detective Carrie Hull

For her driving force behind the department’s “You Have Options” Program, which established a wide range of uniform procedures for victims of sexual assault to provide information to law enforcement. The procedures are designed to be explicitly victim-centered and based in an understanding of trauma and the impact on disclosure. Equally important are the innovative strategies designed to assist in the identification and prosecution of serial offenders.

2014

Kym Worthy, JD

For her profound impact on the response to sexual assault, both inside the boundaries of her own community and beyond. Because of her intense focus and tireless dedication, sexual assault victims in Wayne County are more likely to see their reports thoroughly investigated and their evidence properly handled, thereby increasing the chance that perpetrators will be held accountable. With her vision, she has lead the way for similar changes in communities across the country – to expand the opportunities for justice to all victims of sexual assault.

2013

Ann Burdges
Ann Burdges

For her profound impact on the response to violence against women, both in her own community and beyond. Because of Ann’s work, and especially her efforts to bridge disciplinary boundaries with other professionals, victims are more likely to receive the compassionate support and competent services they deserve – and perpetrators are more likely to be held accountable for their crimes.

2012

Kim Lonsway
Kimberly A. Lonsway, PhD

For her crucial contribution and ability to strike a balance between passion for the issue and deep respect for the research process. The insight she provides uncovers the realities of gender violence and portrays it with undeniable and measurable evidence. This she does while never losing sight of the individuals behind the findings. Her work makes clearer our goal, and ever closer the reality of reaching it. Thank you for your Longstanding Commitment to End Violence Against Women

2011

Liz Donegan
Sgt. Elizabeth Donegan

For her impact on the response to violence against women, in her community and beyond. Because of Sgt. Donegan’s work, and especially her efforts to bridge the disciplinary boundaries with other professionals, victims are more likely to receive the compassionate support and competent services they deserve, and perpetrators are more likely to be held accountable for their crimes.