timezone icon TimeZone (UTC)
Shared Space Shapes a Shared Mission - Archival
SAKI TTA hosted a webinar titled “Shared Space Shapes a Shared Mission” on Wednesday, June 14th from 2:00-3:30 PM EDT. The webinar was presented by Rachel Lovell, PhD and Misty Luminais, PhD.
Based on a process evaluation conducted with the Cuyahoga County SAK Task Force, this webinar focused on the findings pertaining to the efficacy of having a shared space for a multidisciplinary team that is tackling the issue of unsubmitted SAKs. Research by Dr. Lovell and Dr. Luminais finds that being in close proximity for extended periods of time has many positive outcomes including engendering a cultural shift that can break through disciplinary silos leading to more positive experiences for victims and successful prosecutions. The webinar explored the positive outcomes of the shared space, namely fostering a commitment to excellence, overcoming parochialism, increasing morale, improving communication, and promoting the full use of every team member’s talents. The presenters also discussed some drawbacks and workarounds of the shared office space. Recommendations for future practice were discussed, including the recommendation of developing an organizational chart that captures the multidisciplinary team’s organizational structure and capacity.


Rachel Lovell, PhD and Misty Luminais, PhD
Dr. Rachel Lovell is a sociologist and methodologist who studies gender-based violence and victimization, sexual assault, human sex trafficking and sex work, and intimate partner violence. Misty Luminais, PhD is a Senior Research Associate with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K021 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.