Ten8Tech’s Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder, Eric Geerdes recently joined End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Board President Jerald Monahan, Chief of Police at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona; and EVAWI Board Secretary Varsha N., JD, during the opening plenary session of the 24th annual conference for the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance in Boise, Idaho.
More than 500 people registered for the two-day event.
The EVAWI representatives spoke about Start by Believing, the global campaign to transform sexual assault response, while Geerdes spoke about Victim Link, groundbreaking technology that revolutionizes sexual assault reporting and connects victims with community resources, and Seek Then Speak, a victim-focused portal that works in partnership with Victim Link to help sexual assault victims gather information, explore options, and take action.
Victim Link and Seek Then Speak were developed in collaboration between Ten8Tech, a trusted technology partner for law enforcement, and EVAWI, America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice response to sexual assault.
“This was a great conference,” Geerdes said. “We connected with criminal justice professionals, law enforcement officials, judicial officers, prosecutors, attorneys, educators, medical providers, social workers, domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, policy makers, and others who are passionate about crime victim issues.”
The purpose of the plenary was to highlight:
• The impact of positive versus negative reactions to disclosures, from informal support people as well as responding professionals.
• The purpose of the Start by Believing public awareness campaign and materials available to help professionals launch a local initiative; and
• Preliminary evidence for the impact of a campaign on various measures
Geerdes said there was a lot of interest in the technology that helps put law enforcement and victim advocacy in direct contact with victims who are reaching out for information and help.
Canyon County Idaho Sheriff Kieran Donahue also spoke about how his office has adopted Start by Believing and received an award from the National Sheriff's Association for work on behalf of sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
Would you like to know more about VIctim Link? Visit www.VictimLink.com or make your own commitment to the Start By Believing campaign by going to www.StartByBelieving.org.