Accreditation

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

Guiding Principles

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.

  1. Competent
    All survivors must have access to competent sexual and domestic violence services.
  2. Safe and Confidential
    All survivors must have access to safe and confidential sexual and domestic violence services.
  3. Respect, Dignity and Compassion
    All survivors must be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and compassion.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Free and Voluntary
    All services must be free and voluntary.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Bio: Jenifer Markowitz

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).

2014 Budget Restores & Increases Resources for Victims

National Network to End Domestic Violence

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 - Topeka Capital-Journal - 11-2013

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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

 

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