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Judy Postmus

Professor & Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

Ph.D., Suny-Albany

Dr. Postmus’s research interests include violence against women and children including physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse; impact of policies and services on survivors; inter-agency collaboration models.


Dr. Judy L. Postmus is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University.  She is also the founder and former director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children (VAWC). Her research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women with her most recent attention given to developing a Violence Against Women Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Justice (2016-MU-CX-K011).  She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions for survivors of violence.  Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.

Courses Taught: 

  • Advanced policy: Violence against women & children (weekend & online formats)
  • Clinical Social Work: Working with Survivors of Abuse & Trauma (weekly & weekend formats)
  • Violence & Abuse in Adulthood (weekly, weekend, & online formats)

Selected Recent Publications: 

* = student or post doc author
Postmus, J.L. (Series Editor). Violence Against Women & Children – Book Series.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

  • Botein, H. & Hetling, A. (2016). Home Safe Home: Housing Solutions for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.

Postmus, J. L. (Ed.) (2013). Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 

Hoge, G.L., Stylianou, A., Hetling, A., & Postmus, J.L. (2017 online). Developing and validating the Scale of Economic Self-Efficacy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260517706761.

Holcomb, S.*, Johnson, L.*, Hetling, A., Postmus, J.L., Steiner, J.*, Braasch, L., & Riordan, A. (2017 online). Implementation of the Family Violence Option twenty years later: A review of state welfare rules for domestic violence survivors. Journal of Policy Practice, 1-17.  DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2017.1311820.

Sapiro, B.*, Johnson, L.*, Postmus, J.L., & Simmel, C. (2016). Supporting youth involved in domestic minor sex trafficking: Divergent perspectives on youth agency. Child Abuse & Neglect, 58: 99-110. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.06.019.

Postmus, J.L., Stylianou, A.M.*, & McMahon, S. (2016). The Abusive Behavior Inventory- Revised (ABI-R). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(17): 2867-2888. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515581882.

Simmel, C., Postmus, J.L., & Lee, I.* (2016). Revictimized adult women: Perceptions of mental health functioning and associated services.  Journal of Family Violence, 31(6), 679-688.  DOI: 10.1007/s10896-015-9796-5.

Hetling, A., Hoge, G.L.*, & Postmus, J.L. (2016). What is economic self-sufficiency?  Validating a measurement scale for policy, practice, and research.  Journal of Poverty, 20(2): 214-235. DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2015.1094768. 

Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S. B., & Stylianou, A.M.* (2016). Measuring economic abuse in the lives of survivors: Revising the Scale of Economic Abuse. Violence Against Women, 22(6): 592-703.  DOI: 10.1177/1077801215610012.

Hetling, A., Postmus, J.L., & Kaltz, C.* (2016). A randomized controlled trial of a financial literacy curriculum for survivors of intimate partner violence.  Journal of Family & Economic Issues, 37, 672-685.  DOI: 10.1007/s10834-015-9479-7.

Postmus, J.L., Hoge, G.L.*, Davis, R., Johnson, L.*, Koechlein, E., & Winter, S.* (2015). Examining gender based violence and abuse among Liberian school students in four counties: An exploratory study.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 44: 76-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.11.012.

Postmus, J.L., Hetling, A., & Hoge, G.L.* (2015).  Evaluating a financial education curriculum as an intervention to improve financial behaviors and financial well-being of survivors of domestic violence: Results from a longitudinal randomized controlled study.  Journal of Consumer Affairs, Spring: 250-266.  DOI: 10.1111/joca.12057.

Hetling, A., Stylianou, A.M.*, & Postmus, J.L. (2015). Measuring financial strain in the lives of survivors of intimate partner violence.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(6): 1046-1064.  DOI: 10.1177/0886260514539758.

Postmus, J. L. (2015). Women from different ethnic groups and their experiences with victimization and seeking help. Violence Against Women, 21(3): 376-393. DOI: 10.1177/1077801214568254.

Postmus, J.L., McMahon, S., Silva-Martinez, E., & Warrener, C.*  (2014). Exploring the challenges faced by Latinas experiencing domestic violence. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 29(4): 462-477. DOI: 10.1177/0886109914522628.

Hahn, S.A.* and Postmus, J.L.  (2013). Economic empowerment of impoverished IPV survivors: A review of best practice literature and implications for policy.  Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 15(2): 79-93.

Stylianou, A.M.*, Postmus, J.L., & McMahon, S. (2013). Measuring Abusive Behaviors: Is Economic Abuse a Unique Form of Abuse? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(16): 3186-3204.

Postmus, J.L., Plummer, S., McMahon, S. & Zurlo, K.  (2013). Financial literacy: Building economic empowerment with survivors of violence. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34:275-284. DOI 10.1007/s10834-012-9330-3.

Postmus, J.L., Huang, C.C. & Stylianou, A.M.*  (2012). The impact of physical and economic abuse on maternal mental health and parenting.  Children and Youth Services Review, 34:1922-1928. 

Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S., McMahon, S., Murshid, N.* & Kim, M.*  (2012). Understanding economic abuse in the lives of survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27: 411-430.

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