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Apply to be a Research Assistant with NIJ

The NIJ Research Assistantship Program offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. We welcome students from all academic disciplines to apply and connect their research to the criminal justice field.

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Defining, Measuring, and Analyzing Desistance

A new white paper discusses how researchers have measured and modeled desistance and explores the implications of these strategies, provides an overview of unresolved issues, and offers recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, and scholars who seek to examine and promote desistance from crime. 

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Rob Marmion (see reuse policy).

Human Services During Community Supervision

An NIJ white paper summarizes what’s known about the human service needs of people on supervision, and the ways community supervision can operate to facilitate or impede meaningful delivery of programs, treatment, and other services to those on probation, parole, and pretrial release. It also shares ways for improving these services for those on community supervision. 

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Octavio Fossetti (see reuse policy).

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

Historically called domestic violence, intimate partner violence describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by an intimate partner or spouse. Examples include physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, psychological/emotional violence, and stalking.  

NIJ’s Term of the Month promotes research-based definitions of criminal justice terms.

Criminal Justice Data Archives

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data archives data on crime and justice and contains data from over 2,700 curated studies or statistical data series. The website is home to several large-scale datasets, including the National Crime Victimization Survey, FBI's Uniform Crime Reports and National Incident-Based Reporting System, and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. 

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Partner Aggression

This was an emotional- and behavioral-skills enhancement program targeted at adults who engaged in aggressive behavior with their partners. This group-format program aimed to promote psychological flexibility and thereby decrease aggression in participants. 

Interventions for Domestic Violence Offenders: Duluth Model

This practice employs a feminist psychoeducational approach with group-facilitated exercises to change abusive and threatening behavior in males who engage in domestic violence. 

Lethality Assessment Program (Oklahoma)

This is a crisis-response program in which police connect female victims of intimate partner violence with a social service provider, via telephone, at the scene of a domestic violence dispute.

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The First Step Act

The First Step Act of 2018 aims to reform the federal prison system and reduce recidivism. NIJ is working to assess and develop an existing prisoner risk and needs assessment system, and develop recommendations regarding effective evidence-based recidivism reduction programs and activities.