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Center on Violence Against Women and Children

Founded in 2007 at the Rutgers School of Social Work, the Center on Violence AGainst Women and Children strives to eliminate physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and children and the power imbalances that permit them. We accomplish our mission through a collaborative approach that focuses on multidisciplinary researcheducation, and community engagement.

We invite you to learn more about the three branches of the Center:

Research and Evaluation

We are committed to producing innovative, multidisciplinary research, with an emphasis on evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to address all forms of violence and abuse including physical, sexual, emotional, and economic that occurs across the lifespan from childhood into adulthood. The scope of our research varies from federally funded projects to smaller local evaluations.  We are committed to using practice to inform our research, and to translating our research to inform practice. Our research is collaborative and engages a wide range of community-based partners.

Education

We are proud to offer the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Certificate Program, the country’s first MSW social work certificate program of its kind. This certificate program allows students in their advanced-year studies to specialize on issues relating to violence against women and children. Eligibility is open to full-time, part-time, or Advanced Standing students in the traditional, online, or blended MSW programs who are in the clinical social work concentration or management and policy concentration on any of the three Rutgers campuses. Certificate students are eligible to apply for the VAWC Verizon Wireless HopeLine Scholars Program, which offers a scholarship and experience as a research assistant with VAWC. As part of this program, MSW students enroll in focused coursework and are placed in an agency that works with survivors or perpetrators of violence and abuse across the lifespan on a micro or macro level.

Note: If you are not a current MSW student but are interested in further education, click here for information on our Continuing Education Certificates in Violence Against Women.

Community Engagement

At VAWC, we are committed to partnering with leaders from the nonprofit, government, corporate, and academic sectors in all aspects of our work. Community Engagement activities include customizing professional training for practitioners in the field, hosting an annual Speaker Series on each Rutgers campus (Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark, and the Medical Schools), and translating and distributing VAWC research findings to a broad audience.

Get Involved

  • Support survivors of domestic violence by donating your old cell phone to the UHopeLine project (bins located in all student/campus centers) or organize a cell phone drive in your community!
  • Email vawc@ssw.rutgers.edu to join our list-serv.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact us.

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