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Lisa Frohmann University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Lisa Frohmann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago. For twenty years she has been working in the area of violence against women as both a researcher and activist. Her research focuses on the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault cases and the social construction of race, class and gender in the law. She is also working on new research, The Autobiographical Photography Project, that examines battered women’s conceptions of "safety" as expressed through photography and narrative. Dr. Frohmann’s activist work includes serving as a rape crisis hotline advocate and as an instructor in women’s self defense techniques. She has consulted with sexual assault and domestic violence agencies to provide in-service training on case prosecution and women’s experience in court, develop evaluation tools, and navigate organizational change. She also serves on the Board of Directors’ Evaluation Committee of Heartland Alliance, which insures that all research conducted in affiliated organizations meet strict ethical standards.