One of the three main goals of the Consortium includes: implementing research and evaluation projects to fill the gaps in our current knowledge on violence against women. To achieve that our Core faculty pull their extensive experience conducting experimental studies, large-scale quasi-experimental research, quantitative studies, qualitative studies, policy reviews, evaluations, and instrument development to implement various projects aimed toward achieving this goal. Browse our current working groups and projects below.
Our working groups were implemented to accomplish the first goal of the Consortium: To identify gaps in research and practice in the areas of violence against women. The Core faculty went through a lengthy process to review gaps in the literature, collaborate with NIJ, and identify research interest to establish three large gaps in current knowledge, ready for exploration. These gaps were generated into topical areas and Core Faculty formed working groups around their interest and expertise. Those working groups are as follows:
- Coordinated Community Responses to Violence Against Women
- Police Investigative Responses to Violence Against Women
- Criminal Justice System and Underserved Populations Experiencing Violence Against Women
Proposals under Review
The three Consortium working groups are developing projects ongoing. Each proposed project is reviewed by the Consortium staff here at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children with a pre-determined set of measures and is approved based on that process. NIJ is also a part of the reviewing process to reinsure that proposed projects meet the Goals and Aims of the Consortium
Thus far, the following are approved projects:
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Campus Climate Project
While sexual violence is a documented problem among college students and women of college age, less is known about sexual violence at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In order to prevent and respond to sexual violence, it is necessary to understand the scope and magnitude of the problem but little of this research has been conducted with HBCUs. Campus climate surveys provide an important step in understanding the occurrence of campus sexual assault (CSA), and The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has produced a validated tool. However, there is a need to modify the tool to be relevant to HBCUs. The HBCU Campus Climate Project will gather essential information about the campus climate at historical black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in relationship to interpersonal violence by piloting a survey instrument. The primary method of information gathering will be an online survey of a random sample of undergraduate at three HBCUs. Before the survey is administered, the instrument will be tested through on-line crowdsourced surveys and cognitive interviews.
- Examining Coordinated Community Responses to Violence Against Women
Coordinated community responses to violence against women have been implemented since the 1970s, yet evaluations on the effectiveness of these programs have been limited. It is important that coordinated community responses be examined more thoroughly, as they are a popular form of intervention in the field of violence against women, particularly for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. Thus, the project will examine the current state of coordinated community responses to violence against women throughout the United States and identify current gaps in research. The project will conduct a comprehensive and systematic review of coordinated community responses for domestic violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, and stalking will be conducted. Researchers will also identify the best practices associated with coordinated community responses to violence against women and will bring together experts in the field to host a topical meeting and further explore the next steps in closing this gap in understanding.