On Accountability After Sexual Victimization

During Colorado’s legislative session, issues related to violence and abuse were front and center, from Senate Bill 88’s focus on the statute of limitations after child sexual abuse to the sunset review of the Sex Offender Management Board. Both the Senate bill and the sunset review focused attention on the importance of accountability after sexualContinue reading “On Accountability After Sexual Victimization”

Growing Despite Trauma

by Adi Rosenthal, 3rd Year Graduate Student, TSS Group Most trauma research focuses on the many negative impacts of trauma exposure, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, poorer physical health, and disruptions to social relationships. But psychologists have also studied positive outcomes after trauma, called posttraumatic growth. Think: new appreciation for life, strengthened relationships with others,Continue reading “Growing Despite Trauma”

Evolving Perspectives

Science and discovery require learning to see the world all around us in new ways. Focusing on trauma and violence requires truth-telling about the harm that humans cause each other as well as curating hope, joy, and mindfulness of the moment. Here are some images from my photo practice through which I seek to doContinue reading “Evolving Perspectives”

Tracking COVID-19 Impacts and Legal Needs in Colorado

by Anne P. DePrince & Adi Rosenthal As the world reeled from the first wave of the coronavirus in the Spring, lots of conversations turned towards concern about the impact on victims/survivors and victim service agencies. To track these concerns, we started to ask victim service providers to share what they saw as the biggestContinue reading “Tracking COVID-19 Impacts and Legal Needs in Colorado”

Sharing Research in Socially-Distanced Times

The pandemic has only amplified the importance of doing research into the causes and consequences of violence as well as effective responses. However, sharing that research looks different these days. In the Fall, our team typically heads off to the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) to share our workContinue reading “Sharing Research in Socially-Distanced Times”

Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: Victimization of Young People Before and After Leaving Home

By Naomi Wright (TSS Group), Tara Milligan (Graduate School of Social Work, DU), Kim Bender (Graduate School of Social Work, DU), Anne P. DePrince (TSS Group) COVID-19 has renewed public attention to the U.S.’s “pre-existing condition” of houselessness, which has only worsened with recent COVID-19-related layoffs and job loss.  Emerging evidence suggests those without housingContinue reading “Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: Victimization of Young People Before and After Leaving Home”

Welcoming a New Team Member

With September comes the start of our Fall Quarter at the University of Denver. One of the most exciting parts of kicking off an academic year is when new graduate students join our team. This year, the TSS Group gets to welcome Becky Suzuki to our team. A first-year doctoral student in the Department ofContinue reading “Welcoming a New Team Member”

Need and Barriers Facing Caregivers in Child Abuse Investigations: Preliminary Finding from a New Measurement Tool

by Adi Rosenthal, 3rd Year Graduate Student, TSS Group Each year in the United States, about 3.5 million children are the center of child abuse or neglect investigations. These children are arguably our country’s most vulnerable. Often, the well-being of these children can be supported by providing services to their caregivers based on families’ needs.Continue reading “Need and Barriers Facing Caregivers in Child Abuse Investigations: Preliminary Finding from a New Measurement Tool”

Tracking Victim Services in Colorado

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Would more money help? More precisely: Would increases in funding for victim services across Colorado change service provision, improve organizational capacity to service victims, and improve collaboration across service agencies? That kind of change is a tall order. But that’s what our colleagues at the Office for VictimsContinue reading “Tracking Victim Services in Colorado”