Remembering Kendall Evans
Kendall Evans, LMFT
January 15, 1950 August 8, 2020
Kendall Evans, an advocate for understanding the impact and ramifications of domestic abuse, mentor, therapist, trainer, father, sister and friend passed away in Los Angeles on August 8, 2020, following an extended illness. Kendall was born in Las Cruces, NM and was the oldest of 10 children; she assisted her parents in rearing all of her siblings.
She graduated from Stony Brook High School class of 1967, studied at Harvard College and completed her master’s in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the area of domestic violence since 1983.
Kendall specialized in working with perpetrators and survivors of relationship abuse and violence since 1987 when she co-founded Another Way: Stopping Violence and Abuse, she also provided general psychotherapy at Open Paths Counseling Center. Kendall trained and supervised trainees and associates at Another Way and Open Paths. In the early 1980’s she was instrumental in creating the Abusers' Services Task Force and developed guidelines for batterer intervention programs, which became the foundation for the Association of Batterers’ Intervention Programs (ABIP). She mentored counselors for both survivors and those who cause harm to their intimate partners. She insisted that we need to address and encourage conversations between all who provide assistance to those who are harmed and those who cause harm. She was relentless in her pursuit of equality, equity and fairness for all
Kendall was an openly transgender woman and she provided LGBTQIA specific supervision and services. She was loved by clients and colleagues alike and gave so much of herself for the understanding of the Transgender community. She presented workshops for therapists on domestic violence dynamics and treatment and other topics at various agencies. She was co-chair of the Association for Batterers’ Intervention Programs, a member of The California Partnership to end Domestic Violence Policy Committee and the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Council. Kendall authored chapters in two books and wrote Journal articles focusing on domestic violence and related topics. She was the recipient of the 2019 Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council’s Betty Fisher Award.
She is survived by her son Ben