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.
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
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