Summer 2014 Newsletter - Page 3

Advanced Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner & Advanced Sexual Assault Response Team trainings

Jenifer Markowitz
Dr. Jenifer Markowitz

On May 28 in Wichita, KCSDV hosted the Advanced Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training, presented by national expert Dr. Jenifer Markowitz, where 30 SANEs and nurses were trained on best practices for courtroom testimony and expert witness preparation in sexual assault cases. Dr. Markowitz, N.D., R.N., WHNP-BC, SANE-A, 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. 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.

Pamela Jacobs
Pamela Jacobs

On May 29 in Wichita, KCSDV hosted the Advanced Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) training, presented by national expert Pamela Jacobs, J.D., where 27 professionals including law enforcement, prosecutors, SANEs, advocates, campus professionals, attorneys, and child welfare professionals were trained on best practices in investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases. Ms. Jacobs is an attorney, speaker, and consultant who has dedicated her career to ending sexual assault and domestic violence. Most recently, Pam served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA). She also served as KCSDV’s Immigration and Outreach Project Attorney for over four years, as a family violence consultant with the Air Force, and as an advocate with a direct service sexual assault and domestic violence program. Currently, Pam provides trainings nationwide to military personnel and command staff, attorneys, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and community members on how to effectively respond to and prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition to her advocacy experience, Pam has served as an adjunct professor for eight years and as a law clerk in both state and federal court. For more information about Ms. Jacobs and her work, please visit

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