Dr. Jenifer Markowitz N.D., R.N., WHNP-BC, SANE-A
Jenifer Markowitz is a forensic nursing consultant who specializes in issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence, including medical-forensic examinations and professional education and curriculum development. In addition to teaching at workshops and conferences around the world, she provides expert testimony, case consultation, and technical assistance; and develops training materials, resources, and publications. Much of her work can be found on her website, Forensic Healthcare Online, a space dedicated to helping forensic clinicians access current science and clinical guidance.
Until December of 2012 she served as the Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women. A forensic nurse examiner since 1995, Dr. Markowitz served as president of the International Association of Forensics Nurses in 2012, and has received IAFN’s Distinguished Fellow award, presented annually in recognition of the impact of one forensic nurse’s work on the advancement of the profession. Dr. Markowitz received a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her clinical doctorate in nursing (ND) at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Adult/Adolescent).
But funding still woefully inadequate to meet victims’ needs
Last night Congress passed a 2014 funding bill, restoring significant cuts that had been imposed through sequestration last year. The measure commits increased resources to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) shelter funding. Read more
Editorial 11-2013: Domestic violence arrests appallingly low
The winter holiday season will officially begin in a matter of hours. At this time of the year, warm and happy stories about people and events that reflect the season, its festive atmosphere and the presence of a giving spirit are in abundance.
But the news earlier this week included a report by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that is anything but warm, happy or festive.
According to the KBI’s Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas report for 2012, the number of domestic violence incidents in the state is higher than it has been since 1992 but the number of arrests is down. Read more
Editorial 11-2013: Stop domestic violence
The state has a serious and chronic problem with domestic violence, judging from a new Kansas Bureau of Investigation report for 2012 but also from the daily crime news.
Using data from law enforcement agencies around the state, the KBI’s report on Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas found that last year’s reported 24,373 incidents of domestic violence were the most in 20 years of such record keeping, though only a 0.9 percent increase over 2011. The key word is “reported,” as experts believe many more cases occur. Read more