Summer 2014 Newsletter

Community Development - Reaching out to Rural Kansas

Sexual and domestic violence advocates in Kansas have long identified social and geographical isolation as primary barriers for rural survivors. While a sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy program serves each county in Kansas, rural advocacy programs often serve multiple counties over long distances with minimal staff. This means that Kansas advocates and the survivors they serve often have to travel long distances for services, making appropriate responses and community collaborations to address these issues even more critical.

To strengthen collaboration efforts and improve systems’ responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, KCSDV partners with rural Kansas advocacy programs to establish or enhance collaborations between the advocacy program and law enforcement, prosecutors, faith leaders, child welfare, and other community members and leaders and to incorporate best-practice responses. To date, the KCSDV Rural Collaboration Development Project has worked in Concordia, Hutchinson, Osage City, and McPherson. By facilitating community assessments, dialogues, and training, responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking in rural communities are improved and meaningful collaborations are developed or strengthened.

For further information about this project, contact Laura Jones, KCSDV Rural Collaboration Coordinator, or 785-232-9784.

National award honors Wichita advocate as leader in sexual violence prevention

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) annual Visionary Voice Award recognizes creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence.

Mary Stolz-Newton of Wichita was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Visionary Voice Award by NSVRC in partnership with KCSDV. Stolz-Newton was among 29 individuals recognized across the country for their efforts to address sexual violence and promote safe, healthy communities.

Stolz-Newton, assistant director of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC), has advocated on behalf of survivors and to end sexual violence for almost a decade.

Mary Stolz-Newton

Mary Stolz-Newton

KCSDV Sponsors Nationally Recognized Speakers

On June 17 and 18 at Washburn Law School in Topeka, national experts Judge Jerry J. Bowles, Circuit Court Judge in Louisville, KY, and Joyanna Silberg, Ph. D., Executive Vice President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, presented on best practices in complex family law cases involving sexual and domestic violence. This training was provided to advocates and attorneys. Current legal trends in divorce and custody cases, recent data and research to better understand the trends, and effective strategies for use were presented.

Judge Jerry J. Bowles
Judge Jerry J. Bowles

Joyanna Silberg
Joyanna Silberg

Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA, presented to 24 executive directors and financial managers of Kansas advocacy programs at a nonprofit financial management training on June 19-20 in Wichita. Mr. Zimmerman is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations, and government agencies throughout the country. Steve is co-author of the book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. Steve’s integrated approach to nonprofits balances mission, impact, and financial viability. Steve also writes the Finance and Strategy column for Blue Avocado, an online magazine for nonprofits with 60,000 subscribers, and has also written for The Nonprofit Quarterly and Board Source. Steve’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a Chief Financial Officer, Development Director, and Associate Director at community-based nonprofits where he performed turnarounds resulting in increased financial sustainability and programmatic reach.

Steven Zimmerman
Steven D. Zimmerman

KCSDV Preconference Institute at the 2014 Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference

KCSDV was pleased to sponsor the full-day Preconference Institute at this year’s Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in May to approximately 300 participants. National experts Lynn Hecht Schafran and Claudia Bayliff from the National Judicial Education Program through Legal Momentum presented on intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV), an often overlooked yet prevalent and serious aspect of domestic violence cases. Although studies document that IPSV is perpetrated in 40-70% of domestic violence cases, with a profound impact on victims and critical implications for risk assessment, many barriers prevent victims from reporting IPSV—including the fact that often no one asks about it. When victims do disclose, service providers and the justice system often do not respond appropriately. Participants attending the conference were provided with information about the prevalence of IPSV, victim impact, the importance of understanding IPSV for risk assessment, strategies for disclosure and responding to IPSV, and other related issues. The interactive session also explored the language of violence against women and how to talk about and document IPSV in a way that more accurately depicts these crimes.

Lynn Hecht Schafran
Lynn Hecht Schafran

Claudia Bayliff
Claudia Bayliff

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

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.

Dr. Jenifer Markowitz
Dr. Jenifer Markowitz

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

Pamela Jacobs
Pamela Jacobs

Welcome KCSDV Staff

Jessica Burger joined KCSDV in January in the position of Staff Attorney. She worked with Kansas Legal Services, Douglas County Legal Aid, and Iowa Legal Aid while in law school and prior to that had experience with non-profit organizations such as Amnesty International. Jessica brings experience and dedication to this position at KCSDV.

Nancy Lawrence joined KCSDV in July of 2014 as Accounting Manager. She has been working in the accounting field 20 plus years. Nancy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an accounting major. Her most recent position was Payroll accounting for a multiple group homes for MR/DD clients. She also has 5 years’ experience with accounting at Shawnee County including reviewing some of the accounting for grants.

Sarah Hachmeister joined KCSDV as the Statewide Training Projects Coordinator/Trainer. Previously she completed a clinical internship at SAFEHOME in Overland Park, providing therapy to domestic violence survivors. She also worked as a case manager for two years at KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital in Kansas City, an inpatient psychiatric treatment center for children and adolescents. Sarah completed her master’s degree in Counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2013.

Laura Jones is the Rural Collaboration Coordinator for KCSDV. She comes to KCSDV from the Kansas State Department of Education where she was the State Coordinator for Title IV-Safe and Drug Free Schools and safety and prevention planning and reporting for districts and schools in the state of Kansas. In that capacity, Laura served on the KCSDV Primary Prevention Planning Committee. Laura brings years of experience in education and professional development training and at the state-level in educational research, program development, and training. She is delighted to be working with KCSDV again.

Carly McPeak joined KCSDV as the Immigration Project Attorney. She graduated from Washburn University School of Law in May 2013 where she gained experience in both family and immigration law. Previously, she worked in the area of adoption law.

Kristina Scott joined KCSDV in February as Trainer and Training Coordinator. Her background is in social work and previously she has worked with populations experiencing domestic and sexual violence, as well as with families and children in the child welfare system doing in-home family therapy and training of new therapists. Kristina is very excited to be a part of all the great work that KCSDV is doing.

Jackie Teaford joined KCSDV in June in the position of Director of Finance and Administration. She most recently worked with the nonprofit Kansas Association of Realtors for the past 20 months and for BNSF Railway for 4.5 years prior to that. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and a Masters in Business Administration.

Thank You to KCSDV Supporters

Thank you to the attorneys and advocates who have supported the Legal Assistance to Victims project, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. KCSDV could not make our services available to survivors without the assistance and participation of the attorney network and the advocates who help survivors connect with the Legal Assistance to Victims project. KCSDV held two successful trainings for attorneys in June through this project and was able to provide 13 hours of Continuing Legal Education hours specific to sexual assault and domestic violence through these courses.

KCSDV’s 2nd annual Empower Gala was held April 25 in Topeka. Nearly 400 guests attended the Gala, assisting us in our campaign to raise statewide awareness about the incredible impact of sexual assault and domestic violence on Kansans and the critical nature of the services and education that KCSDV provides. And, most important, as a result of the Gala, more people know about the work that we are all doing across Kansas!

Business Supporters

Al Langton Insurance, Inc.
American Fidelity Foundation
Bartlett & West
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Kansas
Capital Federal Foundation
Children’s Alliance Of Kansas, Inc.

Community Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank Of Topeka
Husch Blackwell LLP
Juliene Maska & Assoc. Consulting, LLC
Kansas Athletics

Kansas Commercial Real Estate Services
Midwest Housing
Protection One
Social Perspective, LLC
Untied Way Of Topeka
Westar Energy

Individual Donor

Anderson, Don & Kay
Barnett, Sandra
Bartley, Neil & Marlene
Bechard, Raymond & Pam
Berquist, Craig & Jennifer
Betsworth, Tab & Sonia
Boatwright, Matt & Patti
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Burger, Jessica
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Jensen, Jerrod & Katie
Jeronemus, Nancy & Hank
Jones, Herman & Carlene
Jones, Jeff & Kelly
Jones, Jennifer
Jones, Laura
Jones, Marsha
Jordan, Noah
Jordan, Noah
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Kersey, Tim & Cynthia
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Komarek, Diane & Kim
Krehbiel, John & Cissy
Lady, Richard & Julie
Lane, Denise
Lane, Suzanne
Larson, Kara
Leitnaker, Craig & Vicky
Lucero, Bill & Linda
Lutz, Brian & Laura
Maddox, Bonnie
Mannering, David & Linda
Marchiony, Mary Beth & Jim
Martin, Janelle
Martin, Joyce
Mayer, Erin
McClure, Angie & Darren
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Mergen, Matt & Kylie
Meyer, Delores Jane
Michaelis, Pat & Connie
Mickle, Candice
Mickle, Sunee
Miller, Elizabeth
Mondesir, Jean
Moran, Susan K & Jeffery K
Morgan, Kim
Nancy Yost & Douglas Wolff
Natalie Haag & Ken Metz
Neider, Mike & Sheri
Nelson, Deb
Nelson, Michael
Nichols, Dave & Mary
Nightengale, Kelly
Noller, Barry & Joan
North, Michelle
Olsen, John & Cindy
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Parsons, Sharon
Patzel, Brenda
Pedersen, Dereka
Pentico, Kim
Peterson, Maren & Haleigh

Petty, Ray & Lynette
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Scott, Jess
Self, Bill & Cindy
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Sheriden-Young, Polly
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Sloan, Mary
Smith-Woertz, Ardith R.
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