Eric is the Rural Project Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Eric provides training and technical assistance for rural grantees. He also is involved in providing training and technical assistance to the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative. Areas of focus for Eric are: working with child sexual abuse intervention and working with rural areas on anti-sexual violence work. He also provides training in the following areas of working with anti-oppression, working with male survivors of sexual violence and those from the LGBTIQAH Communities. Through his involvements in college as an activist, a sexual assault counselor, mental health counselor, and prevention educator/educator, Eric has been in the movement to end sexual violence/all forms of violence for over 14 years. He holds a BA of Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and MS of Community Counseling from Shippensburg University.
Accreditation Core Services & Standards
Accreditation by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence is a system by which the delivery and efficacy of sexual assault and domestic violence services provided by comprehensive Sexual and Domestic Violence Organizations is assessed and monitored to ensure the best possible outcomes for survivors/victims/clients and communities in Kansas. An Accreditation review determines if core services are being provided in a meaningful way and have sufficient organizational support to assure consistent practices. All standards and services are built upon a foundation of Guiding Principles that are reflected throughout all aspects of an accredited Organization. There are 12 Sexual Violence Core Services and 13 Domestic Violence Core Services assessed in the Accreditation process.
- I. Sexual Violence Core Services
- a. 24-Hour Hotline
- b. Crisis Intervention
- c. Personal Advocacy
- d. Medical Advocacy
- e. Court Advocacy
- f. Law Enforcement/Police Response Advocacy
- g. Emergency Accommodations
- h. Shelter
- i. Supportive Counseling
- j. Support Groups
- k. Child/Youth Advocacy
- l. Community Awareness and Education
- II. Domestic Violence Core Services
- a. 24-Hour Hotline
- b. Crisis Intervention
- a. Personal Advocacy
- b. Medical Advocacy
- c. Court Advocacy
- d. Law Enforcement/Police Response Advocacy
- e. Emergency Accommodations
- f. Shelter
- g. Supportive Counseling
- h. Support Groups
- i. Parent and Child Advocacy
- j. Child/Youth Advocacy
- k. Community Awareness and Education
- III. Standards
- a. Governance
- b. Administration
These guiding principles are intended to inform the implementation of the Sexual and Domestic Violence Accreditation Core Services and Standards. They are not a separate consideration but are intended for full inclusion in each standard and core service.
All survivors must have access to competent sexual and domestic violence services.
- Safe and Confidential
All survivors must have access to safe and confidential sexual and domestic violence services.
- Respect, Dignity and Compassion
All survivors must be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and compassion.
- Trauma-Informed and Survivor-Centered
All services must be provided in a trauma-informed and survivor-centered manner. Individual survivor experiences, including the impact(s) of trauma and any barriers faced by that survivor, must be taken into account.
- Informed by Survivors
All services must be informed by the needs of survivors. Survivors can inform the work in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: survey responses, focus groups, evaluation of a particular service, roundtable discussions, among others.
- Culturally Relevant
All services must be provided in a culturally relevant manner, meaning that they are informed by the traditions, customs and beliefs of the survivor and the community/communities being served.
- Free and Voluntary
All services must be free and voluntary.
- Universally Accessible
All services must be available without regard to physical or mental ability, language proficiency, literacy, or other individual characteristics. Additionally, all interpreter services must be provided by a trained interpreter.
- Available to All
All services must be available to all persons regardless of ethnicity, race, education level, gender, gender identity, age, economic status, sexual orientation, immigration status, geographic location, marital status, spiritual beliefs, ability/disability, or criminal status.
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).