SGT Liz DoneganSenior Consultant and Trainer NewPoint Strategies LLC
Sgt. Liz Donegan is a Senior Consultant and Trainer for NewPoint Strategies, LLC. She is on the NewPoint team for sexual assault prevention training for the US military and police departments. She recently conducted a highly effective workshop on sexual assault, stalking, child abuse and domestic violence for First Responders in the Army at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Her workshop covered: myths and misperceptions, understanding trauma, debunking the myth of false reports, how to interview victims, understanding predatory behavior, using pre-text communications, and overcoming the “consent” defense in non-stranger rape.
Sergeant Elizabeth Donegan is a 26-year veteran of the Austin Police Department (APD). For over nine years she led the APD Sex Crimes Unit, widely recognized for its progressive approach toward investigating sexual assault, providing better service to victims, and changing the culture surrounding the investigation of non-stranger sexual assault. Sgt. Donegan is a member of the Austin/Travis County Sexual Assault Response Resource Team (SARRT). The APD Sex Crimes Unit was recognized for its progressive approach by Human Rights Watch in their 2013 report, Improving Police Response to Sexual Assault. Sgt. Donegan currently leads the APD Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration (SOAR) unit.
Sgt. Donegan recently served as an expert panelist for the Response Systems Panel, a federal advisory committee which conducted an independent review and assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses under military law. She has also trained and presented at a number of training events and conferences hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army Summit, programs at Ft. Hood and Ft. Sam Houston, and ongoing training conducted at Ft. Leonard Wood. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Sgt. Donegan serves as a subject matter expert for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on projects related to sexual assault response and investigation, including the National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women and the roll-call training series How To Bring Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice: A Law Enforcement Response. She is a published author and frequent presenter at conferences and seminars. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the first Professional Impact Award given by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) in 2011.