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Contributors (listed alphabetically):

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  • Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized expert in sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and the author of “RESPONSE ABILITY: The Complete Guide to Bystander Behavior” and “How to Respond to Sexist Remarks.” More information about his work is available at:
  • Responding Effectively to Sexual Harassment





  • Nora Draper, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. Her research examines the complexities of authenticity, privacy, identity, and reputation in the digital era through frames of cultural theory, critical institutionalism, and public policy. Her work explores how identity, particularly gender, race, class, and sexuality, shape experiences of privacy, surveillance, and visibility in a digital environment. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Children and Media, and Surveillance & Society.
  • Embracing Digital Bystander Intervention

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  • Jill Dunlap is the Director for Equity, Inclusion, and Violence Prevention at NASPA. She is not only a PIRC friend, but she also served on the Violence Against Women Act Campus SaVE federal negotiated rulemaking committee with the Department of Education in 2014. Her work with that committee assisted in creating guidelines for campuses to follow when complying with new federal regulations on sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking prevention and response. Jill’s work experience also includes having written and managed three Department of Justice Grants with the Office on Violence Against Women, all of which focused on funding campus-based advocates to assist student survivors. In addition, Jill is proud of her substantial work with community survivors through her commitment to volunteer work for local rape crisis agencies and domestic violence shelters for the past 12 years.
  • National Campus Prevention and Policy: Title IX+ in Action


  • Taylor Flagg, B.A., is a Graduate Student in the Justice Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire and a Graduate Researcher at Prevention Innovations Research Center. Taylor earned her B.A. in both History and Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Her passions in social justice are concentrated in global crime and inequalities facing women. She hopes to enter a career in social justice following completion of her degree.
  • Tech Safety App Protects Users from Online Harassment and Abuse



  • Nicole Fox, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the sociology department and PIRC member.  She received her doctorate in sociology from Brandeis University.  She researches how communities recover after mass violence paying particular attention to how gender based violence shapes reconciliation efforts and participation.  Her most recent research has focused on post-genocide Rwanda and how survivors of genocide and genocidal rape have rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of such destruction.  Her scholarship has been published in Journal for Scientific Study of Religion, Societies without borders, and the International Journal of Sociology of the Family.
  • Remembering Mass Rape During Sexual Assault Awareness Month


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  • Nicole Greene serves as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and acts as the primary advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women’s Health. A former Council for Excellence in Government Fellow and a graduate of the prestigious Leadership for a Democratic Society program through the Federal Executive Institute, Ms. Greene leads change management in the office. One of her first projects at OWH was to lead the restructuring of OWH, improving the efficiency and effectiveness by aligning the mission of the Office so it can better serve American women and girls. Read more here.
  • Sexual Assault on Campus: What We Can Do






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  • Emily Hammerman, B.A., is a proud graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Cinema Art + Science and a double minor in Dance and Fiction Writing. She works as a Marketing Intern for Catharsis Productions, a position that allows her to explore the intricacies of human behavior and relationships and create meaningful work to share with the community. An artist passionate about story, Emily finds inspiration in a variety of creative disciplines and draws from each to construct engaging characters, compelling relationships, and authentic narratives. As she continues to grow professionally, she hopes to educate and inspire audiences while further developing a unique voice and style!
  • Society’s Survival Guide to Not Getting Assaulted




  • Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA (email: serves as the Research Associate for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities. She is originally from Managua-Nicaragua, where she holds a License in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. Her work experience in Nicaragua included providing services to victims of natural disasters and domestic violence, and research on men’s sexual health. In addition, she designed, delivered, and evaluated gender based education programs targeting health workers. Martha moved to the U.S. in 2002, and worked as a community organizer in issues of affordable housing, immigration, and education. Martha also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Martha’s major interest and passion consist of issues related to the intersections of gender, social norms, intimate partner violence (IPV), healthy masculinities from a Global South perspective, and the impact of public policies on women’s lives (e.g., reproductive health, human rights, development policies).
  • Strengthening the Domestic Violence Field: Building the Evaluation Capacity of Community-Based Organizations











  • Rebecca Howard received her B.A. in English Literature and Justice Studies from UNH in 2014 and then spent a year serving in the New Hampshire Americorps Victim Assistance Program as a victim/witness advocate for the Manchester Police Department. She graduated with her M.A. in Justice Studies in September 2016 and plans to continue her professional career focusing on social justice and violence against women prevention.
  • From the Schechter Lab: Effects of Sexual Assault on Women’s Well-Being





  • Grace S. Mattern was Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for 30 years. She has been actively involved with public policy and systems advocacy to promote effective community interventions in response to domestic and sexual violence and coordinated a statewide network of programs that assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. She served on the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Chairing the Research Committee. She has also served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, the National Greenbook Policy Advisory Council, and on numerous Boards of Directors, including the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the NH Network of Child Advocacy Centers and the NH Coalition to End Homelessness. She is currently the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the NH Center for Nonprofits and is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
  • Public Policy: Prevention or Harm?


  • Anne Menard is an activist who has worked on policy, practice and research issues affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since the mid-70s. Her particular focus has been on survivor-defined advocacy and public policy and research affecting women and their families,especially those living in poverty. After serving as a senior consultant to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services during 2005, she returned as CEO of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), a position she previously held from 1994-99. Prior to this national level work, Ms. Menard led the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over six years, and, in the early 1980s, co-directed Connecticut’s largest domestic violence shelter and was actively involved in grassroots
    sexual assault advocacy.
    Anne Menard
    CEO, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
    3605 Vartan Way, Suite 101
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
    800-537-2238 x 121
    (cell:  717-386-5309)


  • DV Programs Help Survivors: The DV Evidence Project and Theory of Change


  •  Sharyn J. Potter, Ph.D., MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Executive Director of Research for Prevention Innovations Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in medical sociology and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University. Dr. Potter co-leads the development, dissemination and evaluation of the Know-Your-Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign. The Know-Your-Power bystander Social Marketing Campaign raises awareness about the problem of sexual violence and models prosocial behaviors that target audience members can use in situations where sexual and relationship violence and stalking are occurring, have occurred or have the potential to occur. The campaign has received funding from a variety of agencies including the Department of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UNH Parents Association. In addition to being used at the University of New Hampshire, the campaign has been adapted specifically for the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the University of California at Merced and was adapted and piloted on a US Army Post in Europe. Images from the campaign have been used by 30 colleges and universities around the United States.She is part of a research team that has received funding from the NIJ, DOJ and CDC. For the past 25 years she has been involved in sexual violence prevention as a researcher, a member of a rape crisis center board of directors and an advocate. Dr. Potter is a member of the Public Education Committee of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
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  • Jen Przewoznik, MSW has over 15 years of experience working with/in women’s and LGBTQ communities as an educator, trainer, technical assistance provider, practitioner, and program evaluator. She is founder of the Queer Research Consulting Collaborative, a project designed to consult with researchers studying LGBTQ issues. Jen is currently the Director of Prevention & Evaluation at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and co-chairs the NC Sexual Violence Prevention Team and the NC Campus Consortium.
  • Gender Essentialism, Engaging Men in Sexual Assault Awareness, & Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®


  • Katie Ray-Jones is the chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline). She is a recognized leader in the domestic violence movement and has extensive experience working with victims and survivors. Ray-Jones has managed emergency shelter and housing programs as well as nonresidential services for survivors and their children. Prior to being named CEO of The Hotline, she served as operations director and then president of the organization. She serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and is a member of the National Task Force to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Domestic Violence: Be Part of the Conversation



  • Rebecca Rodriguez, Ph.D. (email: is a community psychologist and manager of research and evaluation at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Rebecca’s research interests broadly focus on culturally specific and community-centered approaches to prevent family violence in Latino@ families. Her research has examined marital and dating violence by investigating family dynamics (e.g. gender roles, parenting), U.S. immigration policies, and by working directly with Latin@ youth witnesses and survivors of violence in conducting participatory action research on topics they find important to their communities.  Her evaluation work includes participatory and culturally responsive evaluation practices and developing the evaluation capacity of community based organizations.
  • Strengthening the Domestic Violence Field: Building the Evaluation Capacity of Community-Based Organizations

Lara Saffo

  • Lara J. Saffo, JD is the County Attorney in Grafton County, New Hampshire.  She has prosecuted hundreds of cases involving all types of crimes, and has specialized in sexual assault and domestic violence cases, as well as alternative sentencing solutions, such as drug court, mental health court, veteran’s courts and juvenile diversion/restorative justice. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville Tennessee in 1992.  She began her career as a prosecutor in 1993, as an Assistant County Attorney and district court prosecutor.  Attorney Saffo then became an associate, civil attorney at Van Dorn & Curtis, PLLC in Orford New Hampshire.  She returned to prosecution in 2004.  From that time, until she became county attorney in 2009, she was the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) prosecutor at the Office of the Grafton County Attorney. She currently serves as an advisory board member for the Grafton and Sullivan County Child Advocacy Center at DHMC, involved in initiates to expand Sexual Assault Resource Teams in Grafton County, the prosecution representative on the state-wide committee for Justice Involved Veterans, a member of the protocol review committees for the Adult Sexual Assault Protocols and Human Trafficking Protocols, a member of the NH Attorney General’s Commission to Combat Human Trafficking and an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University and White Mountain Community College.
  • A New Approach: Supporting Victims in the Justice System




  • Josephine V. Serrata, Ph.D. (email: is a clinical community psychologist and director of research and evaluation at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. Her research and evaluation work are embedded in practices that are culturally affirming and community driven. Her research includes studying the intersections of domestic violence with issues of oppression, privilege and strength in Latin@ families and communities. Her evaluation experiences have included evaluating community based prevention and engagement efforts, including a leadership intervention for immigrant Latina survivors of domestic violence. Her clinical work focuses on trauma informed, culturally relevant approaches.
  • Strengthening the Domestic Violence Field: Building the Evaluation Capacity of Community-Based Organizations

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  •  Jane StapletonM.A., is the Executive Director of Practice for Prevention Innovations Research Center. Her current research and evaluation projects include serving as a subject matter expert for revision and evaluation of the US Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) training programs, funded by the US Department of Defense; evaluation technical assistance to New Hampshire Rape, Prevention and Education (RPE) grantees, funded by the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention; and evaluation of Circles of Safety, a Stop It Now! bystander intervention curriculum to stop child sexual abuse on university campuses, funded by the Paterno family foundation. She is a lead developer and evaluator of the Know-Your-Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign and is working to expand the mediums for disseminating the campaign. Jane trains colleges, universities and community organizations how to facilitate Bringing in the Bystander ® and implement comprehensive strategies to end violence. She coordinates the National Training and Technical Assistance Consortium to Prevent Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking and previously coordinated three cycles of the University of New Hampshire Campus Grant to End Dating and Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking, funded by the US Department of Justice. She was one of the founding members of the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at UNH, only the second rape crisis center on a college campus in the United States. She has provided direct services to survivors, developed, facilitated and evaluated prevention programs and directed campus-wide efforts (including policy development and systems’ advocacy) to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking on the UNH campus. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the NH Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She teaches in both the Women’s Studies Program and the Family Studies Department at UNH. The US Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As an activist, administrator, policy maker, service provider and researcher, she has worked in the field of ending sexual and relationship violence and stalking for 28 years.
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  • Cris M. Sullivan is the Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU). In addition to her MSU appointments, Dr. Sullivan was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to chair the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board, and she is Senior Research Advisor to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.  Dr. Sullivan is internationally recognized for her expertise in evaluating domestic violence and sexual assault programs. Her reputation led the Family Violence Prevention & Services Administration (FVPSA)to enlist her help in 2006 in creating two outcomes that are now used by all FVPSA grantees across the county. In 2012, she developed a Theory of Change describing the process through which domestic violence programs improve the lives of survivors and their children (, and this model has been enthusiastically adopted nationally.She has written evaluation manuals for programs and provides trainings on this topic that are well-received, and her work is highly regarded by policy makers, academics and advocates.
Cris M. Sullivan, PhD
Director, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence
Professor, Ecological/Community Psychology
130 Psychology Bldg., 316 Physics Rd.Michigan State University
E. Lansing, MI  48824-1116

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  • Amy Vorenberg is a Research and Evaluation Consultant at Prevention Innovations Research Center, and the Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire Law School. She began her legal career in New York as a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney. Later she worked as an Assistant Attorney General in New Hampshire. She moved to the NH Public Defender’s office in 1993 during which time she started the criminal clinic at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (then Franklin Pierce). She served for ten years on the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board. Amy started teaching Legal Analysis and Writing in 1998. She has also taught Criminal Law. Amy’s research and scholarship focus is legal writing, juvenile and criminal law. She is currently working on a three-volume legal writing practice-based textbook, “Preparing for Practice: Legal Analysis and Writing in Law School’s First Year” (working title). She has written editorials and spoken out on campus sexual assault.
  • A New Approach: Supporting Victims in the Justice System