The IPRC and Children’s Home Society of North Carolina are collaborating to investigate the promotion of healthy, respectful, and positive dating and romantic relationships to young men. Using in-depth qualitative methods, the Guys Relate study aims to investigate how a group education program for young men called Wise Guys: The Next Level (WGNL) may prevent sexual violence, bullying, harassment and other forms of dating violence perpetration. This project is one of five sexual violence prevention program evaluations funded by the CDC. The results will inform primary prevention efforts that target sexual violence perpetration. PIs: Kathryn E. (Beth) Moracco, PhD, MPH | Rebecca J. Macy, PhD
Moms and Teens for Safe Dates is one of a small number of proven IPV prevention interventions and the only program developed specifically for teens who have been exposed to intimate partner violence against their mothers.
This project translates a proven intervention program for prevention of adolescent dating violence among teens exposed to intimate partner violence (Moms and Teens for Safe Dates) from hardcopy booklet form to a web-based delivery platform. This intervention seeks to prevent teen dating violence, as well as victimization and perpetuation of adult intimate partner violence, by targeting a high-risk population, adolescents who were exposed to intimate partner violence against their mothers. Translation to a web-based delivery platform will greatly increase the reach, accessibility, and implementation of this program. PI: Luz M. Reyes, PhD | Co-Is: Vangie Foshee, PhD; Kathryn E. Moracco, PhD, MPH; Rebecca J. Macy, PhD, MSW
This study evaluates the impact of domestic violence protective order (DVPO) e-filling on rates of DVPO system efficacy and hearing outcomes. The research team will contextualize the quantitative findings and provide information on systems-level barriers and facilitators of DVPO e-filling implementation, as well as intimate partner violence survivors’ perceptions and needs. Overall, this study will provide critical evidence to inform future DVPO e-filling implementation initiatives in other counties and states across the United States. PI: Kathryn E. (Beth) Moracco, PhD, MPH | Co-I: Shabbar I. Ranapurwala, PhD
The IPRC core and affiliate faculty are engaged in a group of studies with two primary aims: to characterize intimate partner violence-related deaths and homicide in North Carolina and nationally, and to identify opportunities for preventing intimate partner violence. This work uses data from the National Violent Death Reporting System and will be shared with practitioners and other key stakeholders to inform local and national intervention and prevention efforts. PIs: Rebecca J. Macy, PhD | Kathryn E. (Beth) Moracco, PhD, MPH | Scott Proescholdbell, MPH | Shabbar I. Ranapurwala, PhD
The purpose of this study was to conduct a two-year pilot, followed by a three-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a dating violence prevention program for teens exposed to domestic violence, a group that is at particularly high risk for involvement in dating violence and its negative consequences. Moms and Teen for Safe Dates (MTSD) is an adaptation of a family-based intervention for mothers who experienced domestic violence, but are no longer living with an abusive partner, and their 12-15 year-old teens who were exposed to domestic violence. MTSD facilitated mothers’ engagement with their teens via a series of interactive dating abuse prevention activities designed to enhance protective factors and decrease risk factors for dating abuse, and ultimately decrease dating abuse perpetration and victimization. The two-year pilot, funded by the National Institute of Justice, laid the groundwork for the RCT, which was funded by the CDC. The RCT, which was the first evaluation of a dating abuse prevention program designed specifically for teens exposed to domestic violence, found favorable effects of the MTSD program in preventing the perpetration of and victimization from multiple types of dating abuse among teens with higher levels of previous exposure to domestic violence. PIs: Vangie Foshee, PhD | Susan Ennett, PhD | Beth Moracco, PhD | Mike Bowling, PhD