About Our Staff
Jennifer Gentile Long: Director
Christina L. Mathews: Communication and Operations Manager
Teresa M. Garvey: Attorney Advisor
Viktoria Kristiansson: Attorney Advisor
Christopher Mallios: Attorney Advisor
Charlene Whitman: Associate Attorney Advisor
John F. Wilkinson: Attorney Advisor
Jennifer Gentile Long
Jennifer Gentile Long (MGA, JD) serves as the Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, a global project she co-founded
in April 2009. AEquitas' mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases
by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability.
Jennifer began her career by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she prosecuted cases involving adult and child
physical and sexual abuse. During her tenure in the District Attorney's Office, she was a staunch advocate for victim's rights and was part of a collaborative
team that recognized the prosecutor's mandate to seek justice - and not just convictions. Her practices focused on protecting victims from the collateral
consequences of participating in the criminal justice system while protecting communities from offenders.
Continuing her career in the field of criminal justice, Jennifer was a Senior Attorney at and then was appointed the Director of the National Center for the
Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Jennifer authored Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior
in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions, widely recognized as the seminal resource on the subject for prosecutors, as well as other articles on topics
ranging from intimate partner sexual assault to children witnessing domestic violence.
Jennifer also served as a volunteer child advocate through the Support Center for Child Advocacy in Philadelphia; an advocate at the Women's Resource Center
in Hamilton, Bermuda; a labor and employment law attorney; and an attorney with the Department of Veteran's Affairs in Washington, DC.
As the Director of AEquitas, she continues to publish articles and provides case consultation and resources to prosecutors employed at the state, local, and
federal levels, as well as all branches of the U.S. military and the Department of Defense. In addition to her work in the U.S., she has worked closely with
allied justice system professionals representing several countries including Liberia, Cameroon, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, the Democratic Republic
of the Congo, Fiji, Israel, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, and Kenya where her work has included working with Fellows, developing
and participating in leadership institutes and training events, and providing technical assistance. Jennifer serves as an Advisory Committee Member with the
American Law Institute, an Editorial Board Member with the Civic Research Institute for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Reports, and an adjunct
professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and East Asian Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fels
School of Government with a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Government Administration. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.
Christina L. Mathews
Christina L. Mathews is the Communication and Operations Manager for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As the Communication and
Operations Manager, she is responsible for business operations, media relations, grant management, curriculum development, conference planning, and marketing.
She also oversees the development of resources and publications as well as the provision of technical assistance.
Christina co-founded AEquitas in 2009 and prior to that served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence
Against Women (OVW). She worked on special projects for the Director including conducting research and preparing briefing materials for U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ) and administration officials. She also received domestic and international visitors, and responded to technical assistance requests from current and potential
In 2002, Christina began her career at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). In 2006,
she accepted a position as Project Coordinator with the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), the research and technical assistance division of NDAA in
Washington, DC. As a Project Coordinator at NDAA/APRI she managed a variety of grant-funded projects, updated and developed training and technical assistance
materials for prosecutors and allied justice professionals, and hosted training events ranging in size from 60 to 500 attendees. She also worked in the private
sector as an Event Coordinator and Marketing Director.
Teresa M. Garvey
Teresa M. Garvey (JD) is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Teri presents on trial
strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level. She conducts research; develops
training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.
Prior to joining AEquitas, Teri worked for twenty-two years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Camden County, New Jersey. For nine years she was assigned to the
Domestic Violence Unit, and for five of those years served as Deputy Section Chief of that Unit. During that time, she created a guide to assist officers in
charging the appropriate domestic violence offenses, and charging manuals to ensure proper wording of criminal complaints and indictments for such offenses.
Teri also worked closely with the Victim/Witness Advocacy Unit to provide education to the public and to community leaders who come into contact with domestic
violence victims. She participated in the Camden County Domestic Violence Working Group, along with municipal and Superior Court judges, Family Court staff,
law enforcement officers, victim service professionals, and batterers' program staff. The Working Group identified problem areas in the system of response to
domestic violence and worked to create solutions to increase victim safety.
In addition to the Domestic Violence Unit, Teri held assignments in several other Units, including Juvenile, Trial Teams, Grand Jury, and Motions and Appeals.
Her jury trial experience includes prosecution of domestic violence crimes, sexual assault and other violent crimes, drug offenses, property crime, hate crime,
and official misconduct. Teri has extensive appellate experience, and has briefed and argued numerous cases in the appellate courts of New Jersey, including
three arguments before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Her most recent assignment, prior to her retirement in 2011, was in Motions and Appeals, handling petitions
for post-conviction relief.
Between 1984 and 1988, Teri worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law, representing the New
Jersey Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services.
Teri's interest in domestic violence dates to the late 1970s, when she worked as a volunteer at the first Safe House for battered women in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, while focused on holding offenders accountable, she has never lost sight of the unique perspective and
interests of the survivors of domestic violence, and has worked to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests protected by the justice system.
Teri received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1978, and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in
1984. She is an active member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars, and is also admitted to practice in Colorado. She is admitted to practice in the
United States District Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Teri is currently
based in Camden County, New Jersey.
Viktoria Kristiansson (JD) is an Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Vikki
authors and develops resources, publications, and curricula; provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals;
and provides collaborative policy consultation. She presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women.
Prior to joining AEquitas, she served as a Deputy Attorney General and Special Assistant to two New Jersey Attorneys General. She worked on special projects
for the Attorney General, developing strategies to enhance and improve the efficiency and the delivery of law enforcement services. Her collaborations with
prosecutors, law enforcement, the courts, and victim service agencies focused on creating and refining programs supporting violence against women initiatives
and victims. She originally joined New Jersey's Department of Law and Public Safety as a prosecutor specializing in human trafficking in the Major Crimes
Bureau of the Division of Criminal Justice.
Vikki also served as a Senior Attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute
(APRI), the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). During her time at APRI/NDAA, Vikki worked on
issues related to the prosecution of domestic violence, sexual assault of persons with developmental disabilities, and prison rape.
Vikki also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she focused on the prosecution of cases involving sexual assault,
intimate partner violence, and child sexual and physical abuse.
She is a member of the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence, a multidisciplinary council comprised of governmental and
non-governmental members who are charged with reviewing and recommending policies, procedures, protocols, legislation, trainings, and standards related to
sexual violence and recommending solutions in the prevention of sexual violence. She is also a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault Law
Enforcement Advisory Board, which develops training for law enforcement on the investigation of sexual assault. Through the Support Center for Child Advocates
in Philadelphia, Vikki serves as a pro bono attorney who represents abused, neglected, abandoned, and medically needy children.
Vikki received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New
Jersey bars. Vikki is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Christopher Mallios (JD) is an Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor he presents on
trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level. He conducts research;
develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.
Chris has presented extensively on the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, domestic violence, elder abuse and stalking both in the United States
and abroad. His international work includes developing and implementing trainings for police, prosecutors, judges and allied professionals in national and
international conferences in Liberia and Nepal. Chris was a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorneys Office for nearly 16 years, and for more than 10 of those years,
For more than 10 years, Chris worked as a trial attorney and supervisor specializing primarily in the prosecution of crimes involving violence against women.
As the Chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit, he prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of thousands of
cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. Chris also served as an advisor for the Philadelphia Police Department's
Special Victims Unit and Internal Affairs Division. The District Attorney selected Chris to serve as her liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
community in Philadelphia, and as Hate Crimes Coordinator, he was responsible for training prosecutors and victim/witness coordinators and acting as a liaison to
law enforcement and other government and private agencies.
During the three years he spent as a prosecutor/lobbyist in the Legislation Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Chris drafted and promoted
legislation to benefit prosecutors, police, and crime victims in Pennsylvania's General Assembly on behalf of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and
Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Chris has testified in many legislative hearings and has presented numerous training programs at Philadelphia's
Police Academy and Detective Training Program. He also trained many classes of volunteers at Women Organized Against Rape in Philadelphia.
Chris has served as a co-chair of the Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Task Force, and was an active member of Philadelphia's
Sexual Assault Advisory Council, which promoted a coordinated multidisciplinary response for victims of sexual assault. In that role, he helped bring state-of-the-art
rape kits and standardized medical record forms for sexual assault treatment in Philadelphia's emergency rooms. Chris was also responsible for training more than 300
prosecutors as the director of Continuing Legal Education at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he often taught programs on ethics for prosecutors.
He has been a frequent presenter for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute and he has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the Beasley School of
Law at Temple University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and an affiliate of the Ortner
Center on Family Violence.
Chris received his B.S. in Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law. He served as a law clerk on the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and is member of the bars of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Chris is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Charlene "Charlie" Whitman (JD) is an Associate Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Associate Attorney
Advisor, she conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides technical assistance for prosecutors and allied
professionals. Charlie began working with AEquitas in January 2010, as a legal intern assisting with research on various projects and publications.
Prior to joining AEquitas, Charlie participated in the Families and the Law Clinic representing clients in the Family Court division of the D.C. Superior Court.
She also participated in the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic providing representation to indigent criminal defendants charged in the juvenile court and the
misdemeanor branch of the D.C. Superior Court.
Charlie's prior experience also includes research on child protection laws in and around countries in the Middle East region during an internship with the
International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She also spent time as an intern in the Special Victim's Unit in the Office of the District Attorney
in Robeson County, North Carolina where she focused on the development and implementation of a coordinated community response to child abuse.
Charlie received her BA in political science and art history from the University of Rochester and her JD from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. She
is a member of the Virginia Bar.
John F. Wilkinson
John F. Wilkinson (JD) is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, he presents on trial
strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, national and international level. He conducts
research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied
professionals. John has presented extensively on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking both in
the United States and abroad. John's international work includes developing and implementing trainings for police, prosecutors, judges and allied professionals
in national and international conferences in Cameroon, South Africa, Fiji, and France.
Prior to working with AEquitas, John was the Program Manager for the Gun Violence Prosecution Program, Homeland Security Program and Southwest Border Crime
Program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) where he traveled extensively throughout the United States presenting on gun and gang violence
and homeland security issues. He also regularly collaborated with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to bring data-driven best practices to criminal justice professionals. Under his direction, the
Homeland Security Program created a unique counter-terrorism training program for prosecutors and probation/parole officers. Additionally, his Southwest Border
Crime Program created a curriculum for prosecutors and allied professionals covering all aspects of the Drug Cartel Business Model and focusing on human trafficking,
human smuggling, drug and gun trafficking, home invasions and kidnappings and undocumented alien victim/witness issues.
From 1998 through 2005, John served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fredericksburg, VA prosecuting cases involving intimate partner violence and
sexual assault, including cases of campus sexual assaults and domestic violence homicide. He also served on the Fredericksburg Area Sexual Assault Response
Team and prosecuted child sexual and physical abuse and neglect cases and infant homicides. He assisted in the development of the Mary Washington Hospital
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Additionally, John competed Virginia's Top Gun Investigation and Prosecution of Drug Cases course and prosecuted
numerous drug and firearms related offenses. He was a regular lecturer at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and spoke at the Virginia Association
of Commonwealth's Attorneys. From 1994 to 1998, John served as an Assistant Public Defender in Fredericksburg, VA representing indigent clients in matters ranging
from first-degree murder to summary offenses. In 1997 he was presented the Phillip M. Sadler Award for excellence in public defense. From 1991 to 1994, John worked
at the Offices of William E. Gardner in Fairfax, VA primarily engaged in criminal defense and civil litigation.
John received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and his law degree from the College of William and Mary Law School and is an active member of the