Faculty Experts | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Faculty and Student Research on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Guidance for Bystanders of Interpersonal Violence

Denise Hines, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Social Work, studies bystander interventions and prevention programs for sexual assault and domestic violence with the goal of raising awareness of under-recognized survivor groups and preventing all instances of assault and interpersonal violence.
Learn more about her research and guidance for bystanders of assault or violence. 
Hear Dr. Hines discuss bystander intervention strategies.

Also review Dr. Hines' tip sheet on men who experience IPV.


Identifying Risk Factors for Reproductive Coercion

Dr. Karen Trister Grace, an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, is an expert on reproductive coercion (RC), a type of intimate partner violence (IPV) in which partners coerce pregnancy or control the outcome of a pregnancy. She has researched extensively on the risk factors associated with RC, as well as health outcomes, and is beginning work on an RC intervention.

Dr. Grace’s latest publication presents novel research on reproductive coercion among college students, a population that was previously understudied. Her findings are consistent with the general body of IPV research, but also shed new light on poor school performance and other types of IPV and sexual violence as RC risk factors among college students. This study also examined risk factors associated with perpetration of RC, which is an emerging area of work in this field. Dr. Grace’s other research interests include pregnancy intention, midwifery, health disparities, and health equity.


Understanding and Preventing Intimate Partner Violence 

1 in 3 women in the world will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Dr. Jhumka Gupta, associate professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, is conducting research to help better understand this violence, its impact on women, and opportunities for intervention. Watch the video to learn more


Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence

Daphne King, EdD, assistant professor in the Social Work Department, is an expert in treating teens and adolescents with self-esteem issues and depression and has facilitated numerous clinical and psychoeducational groups on self-esteem issues for teens. 

Learn 10 Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence


Using Alternative Light Sources to Assist Domestic Violence Survivors

Dr. Katherine Scafide, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is conducting research that will help forensic nurses identify hard-to-see bruising using an alternative light source.