Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc. (VSHF), a 501(c)(3) social impact organization that provides direct legal services, educational presentations, and research services to expand the knowledge base regarding domestic violence, intimate partner violence, coercive control, and child abuse. VSHF works to advocate to policy makers at local, state, and federal levels regarding existing domestic violence, intimate partner violence, coercive control, and child abuse policies, the impact of those policies on our society, and, also, proposes possible solutions to improve victim centered responses.
Donna J. King
Dr. Donna King, Esq. serves as President and Director for Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Central Florida where her dissertation research focused on intimate partner homicides and the prior reporting of physical violence before the killing. Her areas of expertise are in domestic violence, social inequalities, law and society, gender, and criminology. Donna also holds a juris doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law.
Donna’s unusual personal background is what ultimately led her to Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc. She grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Florida in 1987 to attend UCF as an undergraduate student. Shortly after graduation, she married and became a mother to two beautiful daughters. While married, Donna trained exotic animals, including big cats, and co-owned a women-owned company that facilitated educational shows to raise awareness about endangered animals. However, revelations about her marriage appeared after her husband’s forced dissolution of her company. Upon separation and divorce, Donna faced adversity and domestic violence, particularly through the family law judicial process. Donna persevered, obtained her state certified general contracting license, and ran her own 8(a)-certified, woman-owned company. Ultimately, with the litigation lasting over 20 years, Donna was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to the abusive litigation. She has a PTSD service dog to assist her. It is because of her personal experience with abusive litigation that she has worked to develop her expertise in judicial terrorism® and identifying the judicial terrorist®.
Donna attended law school to gain an educated perspective on the injustice to which she and her daughters had been subjected by the protracted litigation and to learn how to bring the litigation to an end. However, she learned that abusers utilize the judicial system as a legal weapon against their victims for continuing abuse long after separation and divorce. While in law school, she published two articles on domestic violence and women’s rights. She co-authored a law journal article on the use of absolute privilege by abusers against domestic violence victims in judicial proceedings with her husband, Dayton King. Donna registered two trademarks for the terms judicial terrorism® and judicial terrorist® to help educate others on abusers use of the judicial system for domestic violence. As a PhD student, she had the opportunity to teach and present diverse topics and articles, including a paper titled “The Frequency of Coercive Control Legislation: Legislating against Non-Violent Forms of Domestic Violence,” which lends its findings to her dissertation research that also looks at coercive control in the context of intimate partner homicides. This idea was born after Donna presented to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime regarding risk assessments for domestic violence victims because not all victims experience abuse in the form of physical violence but may, in the end, be at just as much risk of death. She is under contract to write a book based on her dissertation, which focuses on the intimate partner homicide victim’s experiences prior to their deaths. Donna’s personal background and passion for research and education provide a unique perspective for her goal to help victims and in educating the public, judiciary, lawyers, and advocates on how abusers utilize the judicial system for ongoing domestic violence. Currently, Donna serves on the Board of the Florida Partnership to End Domestic Violence and works on a think tank to raise awareness and federal funding for domestic violence victims involved in post-separation litigation that is too high conflict for them to obtain legal aid through traditional sources.
Courtney M. Kalmanson
Courtney M. Kalmanson, M.S. is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Florida Institute of Technology. She obtained her Master of Science degree in clinical/counseling psychology from Radford University and a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from FIT. Her area of interest is in family/child psychology with an emphasis on childhood sexual abuse and trauma treatment. Ms. Kalmanson is currently a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program counselor at The Family Learning Program (FLP) in Melbourne, FL. She currently acts as the Team Lead for FLP and assists the director with the management and operations of FLP. She has experience treating families and individuals that have experienced trauma and other related adversities.
During Ms. Kalmanson’s time at Radford University, she worked as an intern and sub-relief recovery coach at a residential crisis stabilization unit for youth. While at FIT, she has engaged in many clinical opportunities including treating adult clients at a community outpatient clinic and has obtained extensive assessment training through her doctoral program. She will continue her clinical experience at FIT, treating children who have experienced extensive trauma. Ms. Kalmanson has obtained teaching experience in a variety of psychology related courses, including critical issues in child advocacy. Her dissertation topic is related to identifying protective factors that moderate the impact of childhood sexual abuse and the development of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Ms. Kalmanson is a student member of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and The Florida Psychological Association. Once she graduates from FIT in the Spring of 2023, Ms. Kalmanson plans on becoming a licensed clinical psychologist treating children and adolescents. Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc. is very excited to have Ms. Kalmanson on its Board of Directors for her expertise in child abuse and trauma.
Jerrell D. King
Jerrell Dayton King, Esq., M.A. holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. He focuses on domestic violence and coercive control, social inequalities, gender issues, and law and society as an advocate for victims as well as bringing awareness of how these societal effects impact the functioning of the U.S. justice system. Mr. King currently works as a staff attorney for legal aid in central Florida to serve the domestic violence community on a daily basis. Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc. is fortunate to have Mr. King as a member of its Board of Directors.
Linda L. Robinson
Linda Robinson retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after serving as an executive secretary for eight years. Prior positions for Linda include administrative secretary positions for two major communications companies and a post as a legal secretary. Linda is dedicated to improving the lives of domestic violence victims by serving as an active Director of Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc. Her attention to detail and excellence is an asset to the foundation.
Victims’ Safe Harbor Foundation, Inc.
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