Research Organizations and Resources / Graduate Programs (Libraries and Collections may also be helpful.)
American Society of Victimology – advances the discipline of victimology by promoting evidence based practice and by providing leadership in research and education.
Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College – since its founding in 1971, the BCRW has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women's and social justice issues in he local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well has having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike. BCRW's mission, "to assure that women can live and work in dignity, autonomy, and equality," is pursued through programming and events, production and distribution of print- and web-based publications, and collaboration with local and national activist and academic networks, New York, NY. Read Blog.
Center on Domestic Violence, University of Colorado Denver – founded in 2000, the Center on Domestic Violence is an academic, research and service center based at the University of Colorado Denver. The goal of the Center on Domestic Violence is, ultimately, to end violence in the lives of women and children. In order for this to happen, the following strategic approaches are: (1) Leaders must be prepared with the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to creatively and effectively confront the challenges of intimate partner violence in society to today and contribute to the movement toward its end. (2) Original research on promising solutions to domestic violence must be done and well distributed to inform quality intervention and prevention programming nation wide. (3) Collaborative opportunities between academic professionals and domestic violence practitioners must be enhanced to promote community-informed methods of addressing domestic violence. These combined strategies are reflected in the Center’s mission: To end domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research, and community collaboration, Denver, CO.
Center for Family Research, The University of Georgia – dedicated to gathering high-quality information from rural African American families in Georgia. One of our missions is to understand what enables these families to rear competent children in challenging contexts. An equally important mission of the Center is to translate the information we gather from rural African American families into prevention programs designed to deter adolescents from becoming involved in activities that derail positive development – specifically, alcohol and substance use and early onset sexual activity. We truly believe the adage, "If you want to understand something, try to change it." The randomized prevention trials that we conduct serve as vehicles for testing both the efficacy of our prevention programs and the heuristic value of the research upon which they are based, Athens, GA.
Center for Research on Violence Against Women, University of Kentucky – strives to enhance the mission of the University of Kentucky by promoting excellence in scholarship, research and public service while improving the status of women on the university campus and across the Commonwealth, Lexington, KY.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder – works from a multi-disciplinary platform on the subject of violence and facilitates the building of bridges between the research community and the practitioners and policy makers. CSPV has a threefold mission. First, the Information House serves to collect research literature and resources on the causes and prevention of violence and provides direct information services to the public by offering topical searches on customized databases. Second, CSPV offers technical assistance for the evaluation and development of violence prevention programs. Third, CSPV maintains a basic research component through data analysis and other projects on the causes of violence and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs, Boulder, CO.
Center on Violence Against Women & Children, Rutgers University School of Social Work – facilitates a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to research, training, and education aimed at eradicating violence against women, New Brunswick, NJ.
Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire – the mission is to combat crimes against children by providing high quality research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and other child welfare practitioners. The Center is concerned with research about the nature of crimes including child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse as well as their impact, Durham, NH.
CrimeSolutions.gov, U.S. Department of Justice – uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. You will find: research on program effectiveness reviewed and rated by expert reviewers, easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program achieves it goals, and key program information and research findings, Washington, DC.
Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire – devotes itself primarily to understanding family violence and the impact of violence in families. The website offers information about publications, projects, conferences, and post-doc fellowships related to violence against women, Durham, NH.
Injury Control Research Center, West Virginia University – the mission is to advance the science and practice of injury prevention and control through research, education, outreach and service. The Center’s core is a strong, interdisciplinary research program involving faculty who represent multiple colleges, schools, academic departments, centers, institutes and offices from across the University. Led by an experienced Center Director, WVU ICRC faculty have demonstrable expertise in the disciplines of medicine, public health, health services research, sociology, nursing, communications, behavioral science, and biostatistics. All WVU ICRC-affiliated faculty members also have primary academic appointments in relevant University departments. In addition to the WVU faculty, the WVU ICRC maintains an expansive network of collaborating external faculty affiliates. We believe strongly in the power of collaboration and value the additional depth and breadth of expertise provided by our affiliated faculty, Morgantown, WV.
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The University of Texas at Austin – the mission is to advance the knowledge base related to domestic violence and sexual assault in an effort to end violence. IDVSA accomplishes this through supporting research on domestic violence and sexual assault and by providing training, technical assistance, and information dissemination to the practitioner community and the community at large. It is the vision of IDVSA that its multi-disciplinary, researcher-practitioner, collaborative approach will enhance the quality and relevance of research efforts and their application in service provision, Austin, TX. Read fall 2013 newsletter.
Institute for Women's Policy Research – conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies, Washington, DC.
Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies – addresses issues of violence and victimization through service to professionals, higher education, and research and special projects thereby enhancing professional practice, organizational policies and societal responses, Topeka, KS.
Justice and Gender Based Violence Research Initiative – builds on and furthers the work of the Wellesley Centers for Women to advance the visibility, role, and use of research to improve the lives of women and girls. This initiative is designed to conduct and disseminate research that meaningfully addresses the causes and consequences of gender-based violence and the social, health and justice system responses to violent crime and victimization. We link high-quality research, theory, and action to increase the impact of gender-informed research on issues of justice and victimization that are critical to women and girls. Our work includes a focus on women and girls in the criminal justice system in many different roles— victims, offenders, workers, and policy-makers, Wellesley, MA.
MINCAVA electronic clearinghouse (Minnesota Center Against VIolence and Abuse) [archive]
National Implementation Research Network, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – the mission is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices, Chapel Hill, NC.
National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC. See Research for the Real World: NIJ Seminar Series.
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet), National Resource Center on Domestic Violence – the online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children. The research area contains resources relevant to research on domestic and sexual violence including Applied Research Documents, data sets, research and evaluation tools, fact sheets, research reports, and other publications that provide an analysis, critique and/or review of current related issues, Harrisburg, PA.
National Priorities Project – a national non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to making complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent, Northampton, MA.
Budget Matters Blog.
Seven things you should know about Jo Comerford, Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe, February 23, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC.
Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities – dedicated to providing quality evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. The PPN site features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All of the information on the site has been screened for scientific rigor, relevance, and clarity, Santa Monica, CA.
Rutgers Online – your Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers can lead to new career opportunities, higher salaries, and greater responsibilities. Earning your Master of Social Work can help you establish your expertise, expand your reach, and open new opportunities. Our program is responsible for developing some of the most qualified professionals in the field, and that starts with our innovative coursework. Specialize your degree with a Certificate in Violence Against Women and Children.
Sexual Violence Research Initiative – an important contribution to eliminating sexual violence by simultaneously addressing the lack of research on the different aspects of sexual violence as well as drawing attention of a wide range of people including policy makers and the media, to this important public health issue, Pretoria, ZA.
SafetyLit – the online source for current and past scholarly research about all aspects of injury prevention and safety promotion, San Diego, CA.
Society for Prevention Research – an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote health and well being. The multi-disciplinary membership of SPR is international and includes scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers who value the conduct and dissemination of prevention science worldwide, Fairfax, VA. See Prevention Science Journal.
Urban Institute – the mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research. We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Our work engages communities at multiple levels — city, state, and country — as we gather data and evaluate programs. Urban Institute’s scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions. Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates — in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions. As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues. Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research, Washington, DC.