Panel Three: Local and State Domestic Violence Politics
Kristie DoserDomestic Violence Intervention Program
Kristie Fortmann-Doser was named Executive Director of DVIP in April 2004. She has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields for 31 years. She has a BA in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate. Kristie is currently a member of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Kristie is a former President of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and co-authored & authored statewide Ethical Standards and training materials for domestic violence programs, sexual assault programs, and healthcare professionals. In addition, Kristie was part of the statewide steering committee that developed Iowa’s Batterer’s Education Program. Ms. Fortmann-Doser’s recent research examines the efficacy of domestic violence shelters and the disproportionate impact of shelter closings on marginalized populations (with specific focus on African American women and women struggling with poverty that have been battered by an intimate partner). Considered an expert in this field, Kristie has presented to area, regional and national audiences concerning the nature and incidence of violence against women, domestic violence and sexual assault. Kristie Fortmann-Doser has been vetted and provides expert testimony for civil and criminal cases in the Iowa Judicial system, having testified for more than two dozen cases.
Laura HessburgIowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)
Laura Hessburg joined ICADV as Director of Public Policy in October 2014. Laura helps develop and advance ICADV state and federal legislative priorities. Laura works with victim service advocates to educate policymakers about domestic violence issues and the services provided by local programs. She also works to engage groups and organizations in supporting ICADV public policy goals. Laura brings 25 years of public policy experience to this position. Prior to joining ICADV, she worked in Washington, DC for several non-profit organizations seeking to advance low-income women’s access to health care and as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. Laura received her BA in history from the University of Northern Iowa.