CONNIE J. KIRKLAND M.A.Senior Consultant, NewPoint Strategies
Connie J. Kirkland, M.A. is a senior consultant for NewPoint Strategies and serves as a leading expert on the issue of sexual assault prevention. She was a key advisor for the NewPoint team project at West Point on sexual assault prevention. She assists in the design, protocol and delivery for the methodologies and training utilized in sexual assault prevention engagements. Connie was a primary advisor in NewPoint’s development of the STOP application on sexual assault prevention for colleges and universities.
As Founder and Director of the Office of Student Mental health and Behavior at the Northern Virginia Community College, Connie provides behavioral intervention and response services for Sexual Assault to a community of over 80,000.
Connie has worked for over 27 years in crime victim advocacy, as a college instructor, and as a criminal justice researcher and trainer. She is an ATSS Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor. She has authored legislative bills, training manuals, and materials related to crime victim issues, specializing in violence against women.
In 2003, Ms. Kirkland partnered with the US Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center to co-produce a manual designed for law enforcement and medical investigators, titled “Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Resource Guide.” She was recognized in 2002 in several ways for her expertise in sexual assault and stalking. She was appointed by the Virginia Attorney General to his Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She was also appointed to the Virginia Statewide Sexual Violence Strategic Planning Team. In addition she authored “Campus Stalking,” a bulletin for the US Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office. She was also the Consulting Editor of Campus Safety & Security: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines (2nd Edition) (2002). The recent release of Net Crimes and Misdemeanors (2002), a book on cyberstalking by J. A. Hitchcock featured the advocacy of Ms. Kirkland with victims of campus cyberstalking.
Connie served as Chair of the Northern Virginia Turn Off the Violence Coalition, a major community violence prevention initiative from 1993 through 2001. Connie’s sexual assault research and innovative programming has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Violence Against Women Office and the National Crime Prevention Council as a Promising Practices resource. She has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for her work in the area of sexual assault and stalking protocols, serving as expert resource, national speaker, and federal grant peer reviewer. She is also a consultant specializing in crisis management following workplace violence, campus security initiatives, and public policy development.