Upcoming Gender-Based Violence Speaker Series Events

Please join us for our first Gender-Based Violence Research Group Speaker Series Events of Fall 2016!

Ammunition for Change: Explaining the Surprising Adoption of Domestic Violence and Gun Control Policies Across the United States from 2009-2015

Sierra Smucker, MSc, PhD Candidate, Duke University

Thursday October 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 3100 MHRC

The availability of firearms continues to threaten the lives of American citizens on a daily basis. However, a persistent political narrative suggests that calls for policy change are futile; that any legislation at the national level will be killed by the powerful gun lobby; and because of our permissive gun laws, the United States will continue to have more gun violence than any other developed country in the world. While this narrative is supported by the failure of federal policies that regulate firearms, a significant number of state legislatures have passed gun reforms that protect women in abusive relationships. Since 2013, 18 states, including historically pro-gun states like Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington, have passed new laws to protect victims of domestic violence from firearms. In a time of deep political polarization, particularly around the issue of firearms, why are some state legislators passing these policies while rejecting other types of gun control policies? Is the change we are seeing in DV and firearms policy evidence of a transformative change in American politics or is it an outlier? Using an in-depth case study approach, this study begins to unravel the puzzle of DV and firearms policy by investigating the passage of domestic violence and firearm policy at the state level.


Sport-based HIV prevention: Innovation and research on gender-based violence

Jeff DeCelles, Technical Advisor of Curriculum & Research at Grassroot Soccer and DrPH student at UNC Department of Health Policy & Management

Tuesday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 101 Rosenau Hall

The Gender-based violence research group and Health Behavior Global Health Roundtable are organizing a guest speaker, Jeff DeCelles, from Grassroot Soccer (GRS). GRS is an international non-profit that develops and implements sport-based health programming for adolescent youth across sub-Saharan Africa. Jeff will be speaking about the organization’s innovative gender-based violence programming and research.