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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence Demonstration Initiative

Date: June 12, 2019

On June 12, as part of the International  Association of Chiefs of Police’s national Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence Demonstration Initiative, NCVLI will present a victims’ rights training for the Iowa City Police Department.

The goals of this training are to:

  • Discuss key information on victims’ rights;
  • Present a victims’ rights assessment tool to assess what the rights look like during the earliest stages of a case, and walk participants through its process and procedures;
  • Highlight specific state law that impacts victims’ rights, and;
  • Provide tips, strategies and guidelines on keeping victims engaged in the criminal justice system system—from investigation through prosecution of a case.

Presenters at the event will be NCVLI Executive Director Meg Garvin and Attorney Erin Greenawald. 

Erin Greenawald owns her own law practice in Portland, Oregon. She focuses on developing and delivering high-quality trainings, curriculum, and Best Practices for criminal and civil legal systems partners around Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence issues, including trauma-informed policies and processes. Additionally, Erin’s practice includes representing victims of violence in protective order hearings, violation of constitutional and statutory rights proceedings, and other select civil-legal matters. Until July, 2018, Erin was a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ). From 2010 to 2018, she served as DOJ’s first Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor (DVRP). As the state’s DVRP, Erin provided resources and training specific to Domestic and Sexual Violence issues to law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and community organizations, including opportunities to improve trauma-informed investigation and prosecution techniques in Oregon. Erin is specifically trained in trauma-interviewing having attended the two-week Special Victims Capabilities Course in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, as well as the one-week Certified FETI course in Keizer, Oregon.  In addition to creating, hosting, and facilitating trainings and conferences around the state, as DVRP Erin continued to handle complex Domestic and Sexual Violence cases while also working on legislative and policy matters related to those same issues. Before joining the Department of Justice, Erin worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill and Marion counties. From 1999-2018, Erin prosecuted domestic violence and major person felonies, including child and adult sex abuse crimes and homicides. Erin has also served on a number of statewide Domestic and Sexual Violence–related work groups, including the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF), and Oregon’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team of which she was chair and co-chair for seven years. Erin is an instructor with SATF’s Sexual Assault Training Institute as well as the You Have Options Program.