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
Rhonda J. Martinson: Attorney Advisor
Charlene Whitman: Associate Attorney Advisor
John F. Wilkinson: Attorney Advisor
Jennifer Gentile Long
Jennifer Gentile Long serves as the Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As Director, she supervises, provides, and participates
in training events, resource development, case consultation, and the delivery of technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals.
She has worked on issues related to violence against women for more than a decade. For the past five years she has worked with civilian and
military prosecutors, as well as other allied professionals, on the prosecution of violence against women and children. In addition to presenting
on the topic of violence against women and children, she has authored several articles, a monograph, and a book chapter, and has peer reviewed numerous publications.
Ms. Long is the former Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW) at the American Prosecutors Research
Institute (APRI), the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Before her appointment as Director
of NCPVAW, she worked as a Senior Attorney at APRI/NDAA.
Prior to joining APRI, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she prosecuted cases involving domestic
violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. She volunteered as an advocate at the Women's Resource Center in Hamilton, Bermuda,
where she provided legal services to victims of domestic violence. She also served as a child advocate through the Support Center for Child
Advocacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Long graduated from Lehigh University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fels School of Government and is a member of the
Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.
Christina L. Mathews
Christina 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.
Prior to joining AEquitas, Ms. Mathews 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 OVW grantees.
In 2002, Ms. Mathews 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 is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, she 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
Prior to joining AEquitas, Ms. Garvey 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. Ms. Garvey 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 batterer's 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, Ms. Garvey 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. Ms. Garvey 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, Ms. Garvey 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.
Ms. Garvey'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.
Ms. Garvey 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 and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Garvey
is currently based in New Jersey.
Viktoria Kristiansson is an Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, she develops resources, publications, and training materials; 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 the Attorney General of New Jersey. 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.
Ms. Kristiansson previously served as a Senior Attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute, the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association. She began her legal career 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.
Ms. Kristiansson 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.
Christopher Mallios 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
For more than 10 years, Mr. Mallios 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. Mr. Mallios also served as an
advisor for the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit and Internal Affairs Division. The District Attorney selected Mr. Mallios 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, Mr. Mallios 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. Mr. Mallios 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.
Mr. Mallios is based in Philadelphia and is the Northeast Regional Attorney Advisor for AEquitas. He 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. Mr. Mallios 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.
Mr. Mallios 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.
Rhonda J. Martinson
Rhonda J. Martinson is an Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, she
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.
She also serves as the project manager of AEquitas' special initiative, Improving the Justice System Response to Witness Intimidation
(Initiative on Witness Intimidation/IWI), a field-initiated project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau
of Justice Assistance. Begun in September of 2010, IWI's mission is to improve the quality of justice in intimidation cases by developing, evaluating
and refining justice system practices that raise community awareness and increase victim safety and offender accountability.
Prior to joining AEquitas she served initially as a staff attorney and eventually as one of the managing attorneys at the Battered Women's
Justice Project (BWJP), a national resource center on the criminal justice response to domestic violence. BWJP is a program of Domestic Abuse
Intervention Programs in Duluth, Minnesota, home of the Duluth model of coordinated community response. During her 14 years at BWJP, she provided
national training and technical assistance on coordinating community responses to violence against women, the role of prosecutors and allied
professionals in a coordinated community response, and evaluating prosecutorial and other criminal justice responses to violence against women.
Ms. Martinson is the co-author of a journal article on conducting a domestic violence safety and accountability audit of a community's criminal
justice system, the author of several reports of safety audits of law enforcement and prosecution responses to domestic violence, and a contributor
and editor of many education and training materials on safety audits and coordinated community responses to violence against women.
Ms. Martinson is an advisor of the Emerge batterer education program's federally funded Abuser 201 Training Project. She is a past advisor of the
National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, the Stalking Resource Center and the Family Justice Center Alliance. During her years at BWJP
she was BWJP's liaison in training partnerships on investigating and prosecuting strangulation with Dr. Dean Hawley and Family Justice Center
Alliance CEO Gael Strack.
In addition to her technical assistance and training experience, Ms. Martinson has experience as a CLE research attorney, a domestic violence
prosecutor and a 911 calltaker/jail officer, all in the State of Wisconsin.
Ms. Martinson received her BA in psychology, graduating summa cum laude, and her JD, from the University of Wisconsin; and she is a member of
the Wisconsin State Bar.
Charlene Whitman 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. Ms. Whitman began working with AEquitas in January 2010, as a legal intern assisting with research on various projects and
Prior to joining AEquitas, Ms. Whitman 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.
Ms. Whitman'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.
Ms. Whitman 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.
John F. Wilkinson
John F. Wilkinson 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. Mr. Wilkinson has presented on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking both in the United States and abroad.
Prior to working with AEquitas, Mr. Wilkinson was the Program Manager for the Gun Violence Prosecution Program, the Homeland Security Program and the Southwest Border Crime Program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Mr. Wilkinson trained extensively for NDAA on gun and gang violence and homeland security issues. He also regularly trained with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Under his direction, the Homeland Security Program created an awareness level training for prosecutors and probation/parole officers on indicators of terrorism. Additionally, his Southwest Border Crime Program was creating a curriculum for prosecutors and allied professionals covering various aspects of the Drug Cartel Business Model including human trafficking, human smuggling, drug and gun trafficking, home invasions and kidnappings and undocumented alien victim/witness issues.
From 1998 through 2005, Mr. Wilkinson served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fredericksburg, VA prosecuting cases involving intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including prosecuting 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. He was a regular lecturer at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and spoke at the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorney's. Mr. Wilkinson also served as an Assistant Public Defender in Fredericksburg, VA and was given the Sadler Award for outstanding service in 1997.
Mr. Wilkinson 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 Virginia Bar.