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Domestic Violence Research 15 Years After VAWA

Bernard Auchter, Acting Division Director, Violence and Victimization Research Division, Office of Research and Evaluation, National Institute of Justice, Washington D.C.; Claire M. Renzetti, Professor of Sociology, University of Dayton, Ohio; Connie Beck, Associate Professor, Psychology, Policy and Law Program, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson; Barbara J. Hart, Director of Law and Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, Portland

Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, a majority of the more than 250 research and evaluation studies funded by NIJ examined domestic violence issues. This research has been collected in the Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, which includes an abstract of each grant and the results of completed studies. The panelists will present an overview of the progress and the findings of domestic violence research from the past 15 years, as well as discuss a key ongoing debate concerning the amount of male versus female perpetration of domestic or intimate partner violence. The discussant will comment on these presentations and provide an advocate's view on the progress made since the act passed.

Date Published: June 1, 2010