Jenifer Markowitz is a forensic nursing consultant who specializes in issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence and strangulation, including medical-forensic examinations and professional education and curriculum development. In addition to teaching at workshops and conferences around the world, she provides expert testimony, case consultation, and technical assistance; and develops training materials, resources, and publications.
A forensic nurse examiner since 1995, Dr. Markowitz regularly serves as faculty, and as an expert consultant for the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In 2017, she was appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee on the Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces.
Past national projects include working for the Army Surgeon General to create a standardized sexual assault medical-forensic exam curriculum for use across all of the Armed Services; consultation to Peace Corps on their multidisciplinary sexual assault response; content development for the SANE Sustainability iPhone/iPad app; and development of an intimate partner violence medical-forensic examination curriculum for the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project, a project of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She worked with the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to develop a national protocol and training standards for sexual assault medical-forensic examinations, and was a technical consultant and writer on the National Institute of Justice’s SAFER Act Working Group, which produced the 2017 report, National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Recently, Dr. Markowitz was hired by Michigan State University to help build the first free-standing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program on a college campus; it’s expected to begin caring for patients within the MSU community and surrounding counties in April 2020.
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