Workshop: Developing Effective Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Interventions to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

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Significant resources have been expended over the past 40 years to provide services to victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and to increase perpetrator accountability through criminal justice interventions, but less attention has been given to preventing IPV. How Can Intimate Partner Violence Be Prevented? A Workshop on Developing Effective Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Interventions is a 2-day workshop that, if funded, will bring together researchers, practitioners, and students to critically examine IPV prevention at all three levels of prevention. Specifically, workshop participants will discuss efforts to stop IPV from occurring (primary prevention), methods to ameliorate the short- and long-term consequences of IPV once it occurs (secondary prevention), and innovative programs to respond to both victims and perpetrators to prevent the reoccurrence of IPV (tertiary prevention). Workshop participants will: 1) identify gaps in knowledge with regard to all three levels of IPV prevention; 2) share and discuss research findings from current evaluations of promising, innovative prevention programs, especially those designed to reach underserved groups (e.g., immigrants and refugees, racial and ethnic minorities, trafficked or sexually exploited women and girls, and members of LGBT communities); 3) develop recommendations for future research; 4) foster interdisciplinary networking and collaborations for developing new research; and 5) promote mentoring relationships across disciplines between senior and junior faculty and graduate students, and between researchers and practitioners. To achieve these objectives, the PI and co-PIs - Drs. Renzetti, Coker, and Follingstad - will invite researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and from various fields (social sciences, law, public health and medicine, education, and victim services and advocacy). Invited participants will be faculty at different career stages and practitioners with direct experience with the interventions to be discussed, along with graduate students studying these fields. Participants will be charged with either: a) preparing a paper that evaluates the current state of knowledge and practice with regard to a type of IPV prevention; b) discussing knowledge and/or practice gaps for a type of prevention; c) preparing a paper on evaluation research findings; or d) facilitating discussion to build an agenda for the next generation of research projects. Intellectual Merit. To our knowledge, this is the first workshop to address all three levels of prevention through interdisciplinary and researcher-practitioner collaboration. The workshop, therefore, has the potential to significantly enhance knowledge about effective types IPV prevention and simultaneously identify gaps in knowledge and practice that must be addressed in future research. Fostering interdisciplinary and researcher-practitioner collaborations and mentoring relationships contributes to the likelihood that such efforts will succeed. Broader Impacts. The workshop activities and the collaborations they generate have the potential to contribute to knowledge production that can be used by researchers and practitioners throughout the United States and internationally to develop innovative programs at all levels of prevention, particularly those that reach underserved communities. This is an especially important time to critically assess prevention efforts given, for example, the growing popularity of bystander primary prevention programs, the Affordable Care Act's requirement for universal IPV screening and counseling, and the call for alternative tertiary responses such as restorative justice models that may hold greater appeal to communities that have experienced discrimination within the traditional criminal justice system. The materials generated by the workshop may be used by the broader academic, practice, and policy-making communities in their own work to effectively address these and related issues.
Effective start/end date9/15/138/31/15


  • National Science Foundation


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