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 research, education, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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