Violence Against Women Office
U.S. Dept. of Justice
Des Moines Area Community College, IA
As a high school student, Bonnie Campbell wanted to change the world. As a public servant, she has.
As the first director of the Violence Against Women Office in the Department of Justice from 1995 through 2000, Campbell sought to change attitudes at home and abroad about domestic violence. Her office helped police departments across the country create domestic violence and sex crime units and to train judges dealing with sexual offenders and their victims.
TIME magazine recognized the former student of Des Moines Area Community College as one of the 25 Most Influential Americans in 1997. "Bonnie Campbell is the force behind a grassroots shift in the way Americans view the victim — and perhaps more importantly, the perpetrators — of crimes against women," the news weekly noted.
Campbell recently joined a Washington, D.C., law firm, where she plans to continue working on these issues as well as her specialty, labor and employment law.
"If I had gone to class (at DMACC) and had a bad experience, I think my life would have been remarkably, and sadly, very different," she said.