Gender-Based Violence | Impact

Gender-Based Violence Research Group

UNC graduate students, supported by the IPRC core and affiliate faculty, lead the interdisciplinary Gender-Based Violence Research Group. This group of students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners works to better understand and find solutions to gender-based violence through the implementation of research initiatives, advocacy, pursuits of funding, and training of individuals working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, both domestically and globally. The group’s initiatives have led to educating over 100 gender-based violence researchers and practitioners, publishing multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, and providing invited presentations to entities like the CDC.

SafeDates: A primary prevention program for dating violence

To address the lack of available evidence-based dating violence prevention programs, Dr. Vangie Foshee and her colleagues at UNC designed Safe Dates, a teen dating violence prevention program for middle and high school students. Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Rigorous testing in 14 public schools showed significant reduction in both perpetration of dating violence and victimization. Teens participating in the program also reported less acceptance of dating violence, stronger communication and anger management skills, less gender stereotyping, and greater awareness of community services for dating abuse. It is designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and in 2006 was selected for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This highly rated program has been adopted in over 20,000 locations and has reached over 1.68 million youth in the U.S., Canada, Chile, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. In addition, Safe Dates has been added to CDC’s 2016 Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence. This package is intended to help communities and states design effective prevention activities and represents a select group of strategies with the greatest potential to reduce sexual violence and its consequences.

Assuring comprehensive mental health and other specialized services in NC domestic and sexual violence support programs

Funded by the NC Governor’s Crime Commission and Department of Justice, this project pilot tested materials that domestic violence and sexual assault programs can use to screen survivors for violence and to assess safety and health concerns to ensure survivors can be linked to the health, psychosocial, and legal support services that they need. This project was funded by the NC Governor’s Crime Commission. PI: Sandra L. Martin; Administering School and Department; Gillings School of Global Public Health, Maternal and Child Health

Judges’ Decision-Making in Domestic Violence Protective Order Cases: A Pilot Study

This formative study examined how North Carolina judges make decisions regarding Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPOs). Information from this study shed light on how judges interact with litigants in the courtroom and the influence those interactions can have on judicial decision-making processes and DVPO outcomes. This research informed the Courts Applying Solutions to End Intimate Partner Violence (CASE IPV) study.

Results from this study have implications for future judicial practice. For example, judges’ decision-making processes could be improved if 1) DVPO filing forms more accurately reflected the realities of IPV, 2) courts provided personnel to support plaintiffs in presenting their cases, 3) judges had more in-depth training on the dynamics of IPV and how survivors may present in the courtroom.

PI: Beth Moracco, PhD

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