Sticks and Stones: Words DO matter. Changing the Way We Think and Speak about Domestic and Sexual Violence
Apr 21, 2020 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Beyond the Power and Control Wheel: Domestic Violence Captivity
Apr 21, 2020 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Erin 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. Erin also conducts Title IX investigations on the college and university level. 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. 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 in Oregon, including the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, Oregon’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF), the Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee’s Domestic Violence sub-committee, the Statewide Firearm and Domestic Violence Task Force (Chair), and Oregon’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team of which she was chair and co-chair for seven years. Erin was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. Additionally, Erin is an instructor with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), SATF’s Sexual Assault Training Institute and Certified FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview).