National Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women
Includes a Live Event on 04/21/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
- Registration Closed. Maximum Number of Registrants reached.
IACP’s National Law Enforcement Supervisor First-Line Training on Violence Against Women (VAW) is an unprecedented opportunity for individuals who hold primary responsibility for overseeing first-line officers to explore current approaches for responding to and investigating the crimes of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation. The training is not only designed to increase understanding of these crimes, but will instill mentoring, training, and leadership skills.
Target Audience: Law enforcement first-line supervisors
Overall Objectives: As a result of the training, supervisors will be able to: -Illustrate the interconnected nature of VAW crimes -Articulate the importance of leadership and supervision in enhancing officer response to VAW -Identify the role of culture and team climate in shaping attitudes and actions towards VAW -Utilize a range of tools and best practices to strengthen efforts to address these crimes -Explain how partnerships and collaborations can enhance and improve response to VAW crimes
Project Funding Provided By: This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K055 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Includes: -Realities of Violence Against Women -Trauma-Informed Lens and Response -Culture and Team Climate -Leadership and Violence Against Women -Predominant Aggressor Determination -Stalking -Victim and Officer Safety -Protection Order Enforcement -Partnerships and Collaboration -Supervisor Impact
Program Manager, IACP
Jesenia Alonso is a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police working on numerous Department of Justice projects that address domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, strangulation and other intimate partner crimes. Prior to joining the staff at the IACP, Ms. Alonso was the Director of Victim Resources for the National Center for Victims of Crime, overseeing the DC Victim Hotline, a local resource for victims of crime in the District of Colombia and VictimConnect Resource Center, a national resource providing information and referrals to victims of crime via phone, online chat, and text messages.
Ms. Alonso has over 10 years of experience working in the victim services field. During her role as the Bilingual Senior Victim Advocate in Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, she provided direct services and education about the civil and criminal justice system, and resources to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. She used her extensive knowledge of the civil and criminal justice system to provide trainings to victim advocates, law enforcement, court personnel, and other professionals in the field. Ms. Alonso collaborated with law enforcement from different jurisdictions, providing trainings to new recruits at the police academy on topics related to domestic violence, protective orders, and other civil matters from a trauma informed and victim-centered perspective.
Ms. Alonso has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marymount University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Alonso was awarded the 2015 Fairfax County Domestic Violence Network Service Provider Award of Excellence. She was also featured on an NBC segment, “How to Get a Protective Order in Fairfax County” where she discussed the significance of collaborative efforts of the court system, law enforcement, and community-based organizations when helping victims navigate the criminal and civil justice systems. Ms. Alonso is a licensed clinical social worker, certified as a clinical trauma specialist.
Project Manager, IACP
Rachel Apfelbaum is a project manager for a portfolio of projects at the IACP that aim to enhance law enforcement’s response to violence against women crimes. Prior to this position, she was a project coordinator for the IACP’s Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training Initiative. Ms. Apfelbaum started her career at the IACP as a project assistant for the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. Ms. Apfelbaum has prior experience working with the victims of domestic violence in multiple roles. She interned with the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program (VA) as a court advocate where she assisted victims filing for protective orders and acted as a mediator between victims and the court system. Additionally, she acted as a shelter supervisor at the Domestic Violence Program, where she assisted in meeting the needs of victims and answered the 24-hour domestic violence hotline. In 2012, Ms. Apfelbaum interned with the Batterer’s Intervention Program in Harrisonburg, VA where she worked with perpetrators of domestic violence and victims by assisting with facilitation of group discussions and classes. She received her B.A. in Psychology from James Madison University, and her M.A. in Global Women’s Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Deputy Chief, Salem, Oregon, Police Department
Steve Bellshaw has worked for the Salem Police Department since 1989. He has supervised Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division since 2007. The Investigation Division includes detectives, drug investigations, crime prevention, gangs, youth services, volunteers, domestic violence victim advocates, and the crime lab. Deputy Chief Bellshaw’s assignments have included: patrol officer and detective - working sex crimes and homicides. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and served as the Youth Services Supervisor, was the founding Sergeant of the CEASE Team, working drug house complaints and livability issues, and has served as the Internal Affairs Sergeant. Deputy Chief Bellshaw was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004 and served as a Patrol Shift Commander and the supervisor of the Drug Activity Response Team, Street Crimes Unit, and the Crime Prevention Unit. He has also served on the Marion County Domestic Violence Council, Child Abuse Review Team and the Marion County Sexual Assault Response Team. Currently, Deputy Chief Bellshaw serves on the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, the Oregon Violence Against Women Act Advisory Board, and the Marion County Threat Management Team. He is an instructor with the Sexual Assault Training Institute, traveling around the country teaching on investigating sexual assault cases.
Attorney, Geenawald Law
Ms. Greenawald owns her own law practice in Portland, Oregon. She focuses on developing and delivering high-quality trainings, curriculum, and Best Practices for criminal and civil legal systems partners around Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence issues, including trauma-informed policies and processes. Additionally, her practice includes representing victims of violence in protective order hearings, violation of constitutional and statutory rights proceedings, and other select civil-legal matters. Until July 2018, Ms. Greenawald was a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ). From 2010 to 2018, she served as DOJ’s first Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor (DVRP). As the state’s DVRP, she provided resources and training specific to Domestic and Sexual Violence issues to law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and community organizations, including opportunities to improve trauma-informed investigation and prosecution techniques in Oregon. In addition to creating, hosting, and facilitating trainings and conferences around the state, as DVRP, she continued to handle complex Domestic and Sexual Violence cases while also working on legislative and policy matters related to those same issues. Before joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Greenawald worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill and Marion counties. From 1999-2018, she prosecuted domestic violence and major person felonies, including child and adult sex abuse crimes and homicides. She has also served on a number of statewide Domestic and Sexual Violence–related work groups, including the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF), and Oregon’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team of which she was chair and co-chair for seven years. Ms. Greenawald is also an instructor with SATF’s Sexual Assault Training Institute as well as the You Have Options Program.
Sergeant, Clark County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Jones has been in law enforcement for over 18 years. She came to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2007. She began her career in law enforcement in January of 2000 with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Jones has served in multiple divisions including corrections, court services, and road patrol. She was promoted in June of 2015 serving as a supervisor in both the Jail and Road Patrol divisions and now the Professional Standards Division. She works primarily with intimate partner crime such as stalking, domestic violence, strangulation, and protection order violations along with conducting internal investigations, training, and orientation. Sergeant Jones has been engaged in changing her department’s culture, the department’s response to intimate partner crime, and establishing new policy and procedures with regards to issues within the minority populations of the community and intimate partner crime. Sergeant Denise Jones served in the Ohio Army National Guard for six years after graduating from high school. She has continued her education throughout her tenure at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration along with her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management, and is working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security from Columbia Southern University.
Alissa Kiefer is an intern at the IACP and is involved in a variety of projects within the organization. She is primarily working on projects related to violence against women crimes, such as intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Ms. Kiefer is also assisting the IACP with a literature review focused on identifying and combating extremism in law enforcement agencies. Before obtaining her current position at the IACP, she interned with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) in Washington, D.C., an IACP partner and professional organization of 78 metropolitan police departments in the U.S. and Canada. She has also interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah, GA.
Ms. Kiefer graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2020 with two degrees in criminal justice (B.A) and psychology (B.S). She also received two minors in sociology and French. She will be returning to the University of Georgia in August 2021 to attend law school.
Captain (Retired), Oxford, Mississippi, Police Department and Adult Advocate, Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi
Libby Lytle served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years (24 years in Mississippi, 3 years in Florida). She retired at the rank of captain from the Oxford Police Department in 2017. Some of the boards she has served on: International Association of Women Police; Mississippi Women’s Law Enforcement Association; University of Mississippi Alumni Advisory Board; United Way of Oxford/Lafayette County; and Hopewell Water Association. She has taught at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Lafayette County Part- time Academy, and various law enforcement agencies for several years. Her specialty is domestic violence training for law enforcement.
She currently serves as an adjunct professor in Legal Studies at Ole Miss. She is also an adult advocate for victims of crime at Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, serving 10 counties. She serves as coordinator of the volunteer program, crisis call line, Interpersonal Violence Response Team for Lafayette and Coahoma county. She currently serves on the CCRT as the community partner for both Ole Miss and Coahoma Community College.
Project Coordinator, IACP
Emily Schnee is a project coordinator for a portfolio of projects at the IACP that aim to enhance law enforcement’s response to violence against women crimes. Before joining the IACP as staff, in Spring of 2020, she participated in an American University practicum with the IACP to research increasing gender diversity in the police force.
Ms. Schnee has prior experience in program support, training and relationship building through her varied roles in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Most recently, prior to this position, she was the Community and Volunteer Relations Coordinator with the Human Rights Campaign focusing on supporting LGBTQ advocacy, fundraising, and outreach work of volunteers, steering committee members and national board members.
Ms. Schnee received her B.A. in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Justice, Law & Criminology with a focus in Justice & Public Policy from American University and will be graduating May 2021.
Lieutenant (Retired), Nashville Metropolitan, Tennessee, Police Department
Mark Wynn is a retired Lieutenant and twenty-year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee. During his career in law enforcement, he served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division and a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for fifteen years. He currently runs Wynn Consulting, providing prevention, training, and consulting on the topics of domestic violence and sexual violence.
Mr. Wynn has been a consultant on the issues of domestic violence and sexual violence for numerous organizations nationally and internationally. He is also a renowned educator, as an adjunct instructor to the University of Houston Law School - National College of District Attorney's conferences on Family Violence; the University of Nevada's National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on issues of family violence; the University of Tennessee's Law Enforcement Satellite Tele-conference Network; the Metropolitan Police Academy and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy on the issues of family violence. He is an international lecturer at police academies in Australia, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Russia, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Georgia, the Federated States of Micronesia, and China.
Mr. Wynn serves as a board member to the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence as well as a Nashville-based batterers program, the Project to End Abuse through Counseling Education. He is also a member of the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. Additionally, he is a former member of the National Advisory Board of the Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime on Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence.