Attorney, Independent contractor
Rhonda Martinson is a consultant on coordinating and assessing the criminal justice response to domestic violence; a trainer on responding to, investigating and prosecuting domestic violence; and a provider of writing and editing services for articles, reports and training materials on the criminal justice response to domestic violence. Previously Rhonda was an Attorney Advisor at AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. She presented on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy related to violence against women at local, state and national levels. She conducted research; developed training materials, resources and publications; and provided case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals. She also managed AEquitas' special initiative, Improving the Justice System Response to Witness Intimidation, a federally funded project to develop, evaluate and refine justice system responses to witness intimidation that raise community awareness, increase victim safety and increase offender accountability. Before joining AEquitas Rhonda worked for the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a national resource center on the justice response to domestic violence. BWJP is a program of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs in Minnesota, home of the Duluth model of coordinated community response to violence against women (CCR). While at BWJP, she provided training and technical assistance to criminal justice professionals in a CCR, and audited/assessed criminal justice responses to violence against women. Rhonda authored reports of these assessments, and contributed to and edited education and training materials on them and on CCR generally. She is an advisor to Emerge's Abuser 201 Training Project, and a board member of Education for Critical Thinking. She is a past advisor to the Stalking Resource Center, National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative and Family Justice Center Alliance. At BWJP she was a liaison in training partnerships on strangulation investigation and prosecution. She also has experience as a CLE attorney, a prosecutor and a 911 call taker/jail officer, all in Wisconsin. Rhonda received her BA in psychology, graduating summa cum laude, and her JD, from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar.