Serving Victims of Crime

Presenters: 23rd Annual Two Days in June Conference (listed alphabetically)

Kristi Abel

Kristi is a Program Specialist with the Crime Victims Compensation Program. She has provided case management services and technical assistance since the Program's inception in 1986. Kristi has provided numerous hours of training on victim compensation issues to law enforcement, prosecutors, treatment providers and victim advocates. She has also provided training to victim compensation staff nationally and has played an active role in the National Association of Crime Victims Compensation Boards annual and regional conferences.

Workshop (Co-presenter; Karen Putzier):

Sgt. Jason Cantrell

Sgt. Jason Cantrell has been a Police Officer with the Nampa Police Department for over 17 years. During his 17 years he has spent 13 years as a narcotics and gang investigator and supervisor. He has also spent time as a patrol supervisor and is currently the supervisor of the school resource officer division. Sgt. Cantrell has also spent the past 15 years on the Nampa Police Department SWAT team and is currently the SWAT Team Commander. The class "We All Make it Home" was developed to help none gun carrying employees develop the tools and mindset to deal with an active shooter.


Kathy Downes LCPC, MCoun, INCAC Director

Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has spent more than 20 years working with children and families affected by child abuse, specifically sexual abuse. Kathy is currently the Chapter Director for the Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, which is a program run under Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center. The mission of the Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (INCAC) is to assist in the growth and continuation of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Idaho. In her position, Kathy works with Multidisciplinary Teams and Child Advocacy Centers to meet best practice in responding to child abuse cases from investigation through prosecution and follow up treatment services. Prior to working as the Chapter Director for INCAC, Kathy was the Executive Director of Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center for 19 years. While in this role she worked with the Bannock County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary team to establish the CAC at Bright Tomorrows in 2003. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1990, and her Master's degree in Counseling in 1992 with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University.


Matt Logan, Ph.D., RCMP (Retired)

Dr. Matt LoganAs the first Operational Psychologist in Major Crime, S/Sgt (ret.) Logan has been involved as a consultant to Serious Crime Sections, Undercover Unit, Interview Team, Child Exploitation, and Crisis Negotiation Teams. Psychological Risk and Threat Assessments are provided on suspects in serious crime investigations and Expert Evidence is given in Court on violent and deviant sexual behaviour. An FBI trained hostage negotiator, Dr. Logan is a conference speaker and facilitator specializing in Conflict and Crisis Management, Psychopathy, Risk for Violence, Sexual Predators, and Trauma.

Dr. Matt Logan completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia while he was an active police officer. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 28 years before retiring to form HALO Forensic Behavioural Specialists where he works with Dr. Robert Hare and Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole in providing training and consultation worldwide to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. He provides Expert Evidence in Courts on Psychopathy, Violence, Personality Disorder and Sexual Deviance.

Dr. Logan co-founded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Behavioural Science Unit in Vancouver and continues to work in this area designing and delivering training, providing case consultation, and working with the "known" offender.

Keynote Address:


David Mandel, MA, LPC

David MandelWith over 25 years' experience in the domestic violence field, David's international training and consulting focuses on improving systems' responses to domestic violence when children are involved. Through years of work with child welfare systems, he has developed the Safe and Together™ model to improve case practice and cross system collaboration in domestic violence cases involving children. He has also identified how a perpetrator pattern-based approach can improve our ability to help families and promote the development of domestic violence-informed child welfare systems.

David and his staff have consulted to United States' child welfare systems in a number of states including New York, Louisiana, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, the District of Columbia, Vermont, Oregon and Ohio. This includes overseeing a statewide network of domestic violence consultants for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families; training domestic violence subject matter experts for Florida's Department of Children and Families; improving collaboration between child welfare and domestic violence advocates in Colorado; and the development of certified Safe and Together trainer network to support the roll out of differential response in all 88 Ohio county child welfare agencies.

David Mandel and Associates collaborates with domestic violence agencies such as the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. Their Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute has helped domestic violence advocates from across the country improve their ability to collaborate with child welfare, and advocate for child welfare-involved adult and child domestic violence survivors. Their Safe and Together Core Practice Certification model is being implemented in the US and internationally. David Mandel & Associates trainings have been delivered in the United Kingdom, Australia, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Singapore.

David has written journal articles on batterer's perceptions of their children's exposure to domestic violence and the intersection of domestic violence and child welfare practice. His chapter on "Batterers and the Lives of Their Children" was published in the Praeger Series Violence Against Women in Families and Relationships. His Safe and Together blog can be found at

Contact Information:
David Mandel & Associates LLC
Box 745, Canton CT 06019
Phone: 860-490-8638

Keynote Address:


Sharon "Shel" Millington, M.A., Candidate for LPC

Sharon MillingtonShel is employed as a clinician at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Millington received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Her clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior, and assessment of children prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol.

Workshops (Co-presenter; Erin Taylor, Ph.D.):

Chief Jerald L. Monahan, Chief of Police in Prescott Arizona, Executive Committee Board Member for End Violence Against Women International

Jerald Monahan is a 38 year public safety official having begun his law enforcement career in 1978 at the Arizona Department of Corrections. Having served both municipal police departments and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, he begin serving the City of Prescott as their Chief of Police in March of 2013.

Jerald is actively involved in addressing issues surrounding violence against women. He has served on the Pinal County Safe Home Network, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Against Abuse, Inc. He has been a member of the Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition since 1996, and was instrumental in getting the Pinal County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team started in 2006, serving as one of the first co-chairs. He was appointed to the Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2003 and reappointed in 2008, and served as the Commission Chair till December of 2013. He was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve on the Committee to Study the Impact of Domestic Violence on the Courts in 2005. He taught the Domestic violence curriculum at the Central Arizona Regional Law Officers Training Academy from 1992 to 2002 and served on the Subject matter expert committee to develop and update this curriculum for the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board.

While in Apache Junction Chief Monahan served on the Board of Directors for CAAFA, the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse in Northern Pinal County, including serving as the Board Chair from 2011 to 2013. Beginning January of 2011, Chief Monahan was appointed as the Chair the Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women. Chief Monahan is a consultant for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, training and providing technical assistance to developing review teams upon request across the nation. Instrumental in seeing domestic violence fatality review teams developed in Arizona, where 13 teams now cover most regions in the state. Chief Monahan served as co-chair of the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team from 2010 to 2012, and now serves as the Co-chairperson of the Yavapai County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. In April of 2015 Chief Monahan was appointed to the Board of Directors for the End Violence Against Women International organization.

Chief Monahan holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership with an Emphasis on Crisis Management and disaster preparedness from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College.

He is a graduate of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Project CENTRL, a two year rural leadership development program, and a graduate from the FBI's National Academy, the 230th Session, Sept. 2007, currently active in the FBI National Academy Associates Alumni Association.

Workshops (Co-presenter; Varsha N., JD):

Monica Morrison, JD

Monica Morrison is a current deputy Prosecutor for the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where she has worked since 2012. Prior to working for Canyon County, Monica practiced insurance defense and medical malpractice defense Mississippi, worked for the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for four years, and handled insurance defense for the firm of Greener Burke Shoemaker in Boise. Monica specializes in domestic violence cases, and has been the Domestic Violence Unit Chief since 2013, a position that was created specifically to take advantage of her unique talents. Monica is on the board of Hope's Door, a family violence shelter in Canyon County, as well as a board member for the Northwest Gang Investigator's Association. She also teaches at the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST) , and has been instrumental in revising POST's domestic violence curriculum. Monica is a 2001 Magna Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Mississippi and a 2004 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.


Varsha N., JD, Consultant and Executive Committee Board Member for End Violence Against Women International

Varsha N.Varsha serves as an independent training consultant and has been a guest speaker at non-profit organizations, agencies, and universities throughout the nation addressing a wide variety of topics including diversity, cross-cultural communication, domestic violence and sexual assault. She is well-experienced in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a variety of settings, including survivors from diverse socio-economic cultural backgrounds and inmate survivors of sexual assault. Varsha has provided and directed the training of advocates and staff in skills and knowledge related to the support of survivors. Varsha has developed programs to broaden services provided by rape crisis centers, to improve protocol for advocates working on national crisis helplines and in-person hospital advocacy, and to address unique challenges, such as how to manage abusive callers. In the past, she has also assisted with guardian ad litem and political asylum cases. Her work experiences include serving diverse immigrant populations from Somalia, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Russia, and many more. Varsha received her BA from Columbia University in New York and later received her JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Varsha enjoys serving on the LAPD DNA Taskforce and the executive board of End Violence Against Women International, committed to educating those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims, and holding perpetrators accountable.

Workshops (Co-presenter; Chief Jerald Monahan):

Julie A. Owens

Julie OwensJulie Owens is a survivor of domestic violence. In 1988, during a post-separation attack by her estranged husband, she was kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and forced to watch the attempted murder of her father, a prominent pastor. When Julie and her father received no help or advocacy while hospitalized, she decided to leave the field of special education to devote her efforts exclusively to domestic violence advocacy. While recovering from her wounds, raising her infant son and cooperating with the criminal investigation, Julie worked fulltime until her teaching contract ended and she was forced to apply for public assistance. She returned to college where her studies focused on domestic violence. That same year, Julie co-authored a grant proposal to the state legislature and her vision of developing a community-based on-call hospital crisis team for battered women soon became a reality. Julie hired and trained the on-call crisis counselors and developed a comprehensive training manual and curriculum for health care professionals.

Since that time, Julie has provided hundreds of trainings across the nation for professionals in the health and helping fields. With grants from the American College of Emergency Physicians, she worked with physicians to provide multiple educational forums for doctors in all Hawaii hospitals as well as the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. She later trained the staffs in every state family planning clinic as well. She has since served as a frequent guest lecturer addressing professionals in the health, mental health, criminal justice and counseling fields on a wide variety of topics relating to domestic violence. She has traveled across the US and to other nations to provide training and consultation and is often called upon to participate in media events. Additionally, Julie's work has involved many years of facilitating support groups for victims, authoring journal articles and lobbying for state and federal laws related to crimes and violence against women. She has assisted in the establishment of various community projects such as annual memorial domestic violence vigils, a coalition of religious groups responding to domestic violence, an activist organization for formerly battered women and routine memorial marches after domestic violence murders.

Over the years, Julie has worked extensively in faith-based organizations and co-founded with her father a free transitional shelter for battered women and their children. As the manager of this and one other faith-based shelter, Julie worked closely with many families to assist their transitions into a new violence-free life. Because of these shelters' unique approach to victim support (with attention to physical, psychological and also spiritual healing), Julie's personal story has been featured in several documentaries including the Emmy-nominated documentary, Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence. She and her father were also featured in the television documentary series, When Love Hurts. Julie is a member of the National Training Team for the FaithTrust Institute in Seattle WA and was one of the four North American site coordinators for the web-based Lilly Endowment funded "RAVE project"- Religion And Violence E-learning Among her publications are chapters in three books on domestic violence written for church leaders.

For many years Julie provided 3 day Domestic Violence Counselor certification training programs and 2 Day Advanced Mental Health Issues trainings for those working with victims of domestic and sexual assault. From 1995-2001 she served on a statewide team she helped create (via the National Women's Resource Center) to provide conferences and cross-trainings for domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and mental health counselors.

In the early 1990's Julie became extensively involved in psychological research focusing on domestic-violence related trauma. She was Project Director of the Trauma Survivors Project at the National Center for PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) where she and her colleagues developed trauma assessment instruments and examined the relationship of trauma-related guilt to depression and PTSD severity among survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse. She conducted research in Ob/Gyn settings, screening and interviewing patients for previous traumas and domestic violence. Julie was also Project Director, co-investigator and trauma therapist for another 3-year study, the Violence Against Women Trauma Therapy Initiative, which offered the first controlled clinical trial of a PTSD trauma therapy for formerly battered women. In addition, Julie worked on research at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu that utilized PET scan technology to study the biological mechanism of PTSD in the brains of domestic violence survivors.

Julie relocated to North Carolina in 2001 to serve as Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Area Mental Health Authority of Mecklenburg County. She provided training and consultation for various professionals there before doing extensive work with addicted pregnant women and mothers. Later, as Regional Director for the NC Council for Women for over years she oversaw and provided support to the domestic violence, sexual assault and displaced homemaker programs in a 20 county area. Julie is frequently called upon to speak and train nationally and internationally on issues related to violence against woman and trauma nationally and internationally. Along with educational efforts such as these, Julie also serves as an expert witness for domestic violence victims in court. In 2012 she provided extensive training for the Republic of Kosovo as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State. In 2013 she was invited to become an Expert Consultant for the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center. Currently Julie is developing a pilot project for best practice services to underserved victims who are disabled, elderly or immigrants. For more details and links to her work please see Julie's website


Allie Phillips, JD, Author, Attorney, Advocate for Animals

Allie PhillipsAllie Phillips is a nationally-recognized author, attorney and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims and was honored as one of the Top Animal Defenders of 2015. She is a legal expert on the linkage between violence to animals and people, therapy animals helping crime victims, sheltering pets of domestic violence, human-animal interactions and pound seizure (shelter animals used in research). She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Maryland and has significant criminal prosecution trial experience as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan. She has trained prosecutors and criminal justice professionals since 1997. She joined the National District Attorneys Association in 2003 where she trained on prosecuting child abuse cases, and created a program on the linkage between violence to animals and children. In 2007, she joined American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She managed the Washington D.C. office and was responsible for lobbying and advocacy on child and animal welfare legislation. Seeing gaps in the system, she developed the first written guidelines for housing pets at family violence shelters (Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) ™) and including therapy animals for maltreated children in Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Program. In 2011, Ms. Phillips rejoined NDAA to launch and direct the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse to raise awareness of how animal abuse co-occurs with other crimes. She now consults with organizations including the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at Univerisity of Denver and University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, by the Associated Press, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and numerous animal radio talk shows.

Allie is Licensed in Michigan and Maryland. Contact at,, Download Allie's biography (pdf format).


Karen Putzier

Karen is a Case Manager with the Crime Victims Compensation Program. Karen has been with the Program since September 2015, and is responsible for determining eligibility and assisting eligible victims with Program benefits. Karen has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Boise State University. Prior to working at the Program, Karen was a Misdemeanor Probation Officer and a Felony Probation and Parole Officer, primarily supervising domestic violence offenders.

Workshop (Co-presenter; Kristi Abel):

Sgt. Jim Sears (Retired from Irving, Texas Police Department)

Sgt. Jim Sears has been a law enforcement officer for over 30 years working with the Irving Police Department. He has served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, and as a Detective in the Youth Services Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Child Abuse Unit. Sgt. Sears has worked as a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit for 10 years before being promoted to Sgt. He has worked the past 5 ½ years as the supervisor for the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Service Units at the Irving Family Advocacy Center. A dedicated advocate of children, he currently serves as a law enforcement consultant and instructor with the Shaken Baby Alliance for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Program, Partner agency contact with the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, T.C.O.L.E. instructor specializing in Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Instructor at the Crimes Against Children's Conference in Dallas, is a Certified Instructor for Advanced Child Abuse Investigations through Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), is on the design team for the new Fox Valley / OJJDP national training project for child abuse as one of their instructors and instructor for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Sgt. Sears is the 2011 recipient of the Lt. Bill Walsh Award for the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center for career achievements in the field of Child Abuse Investigations. Sgt. Sears frequently lectures on topics related to child abuse investigations, interview and interrogation, and crime scene investigations for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. A father of three wonderful boys, Sgt. Sears is dedicated to bringing justice to the victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Contact: 1.817.229.0797,


Erin Taylor, Ph.D.

Erin K. Taylor, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUSHSC). She completed her doctoral work in clinical child psychology at the University of Missouri and her internship training at the OUHSC Consortium. Dr. Taylor's clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related disorders, and children with problematic sexual behavior. Further, her research interests include the dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments for youth, moderators of treatment outcomes for youth, and child abuse and neglect.

Workshops (Co-presenter; Sharon "Shel" Millington, M.A., Candidate for LPC):