At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury

by Anne DePrince and Eileen Wang Intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with a host of health impacts — including worsened adult asthma outcomes among adult victims and their children. That’s what Dr. Eileen Wang from National Jewish Hospital documented in a recent review of some three dozen research studies on the topic. Looking closer,Continue reading “At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury”

Legal, Legal, Legal: A Tool for Screening Legal Needs

“She failed to legal legal, which is legally legal, per legal.” That’s how a rapid-fire exchange between a magistrate and lawyer sounds to Alex, the protagonist in Netflix’s hit series Maid. In this particular episode, Alex appears at a custody hearing wearing clothes borrowed from the woman staying one floor above her at a domesticContinue reading “Legal, Legal, Legal: A Tool for Screening Legal Needs”

Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Our team and others around the country have sounded the alarm about the high rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among women seeking services for intimate partner abuse (IPA). While many people recover from TBIs without complications, consequences can persist for some people. Some of those consequences, suchContinue reading “Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms”

Reflecting on Research into Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations

We spend a lot of time thinking about teams here at the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, particularly the impact that multidisciplinary teams can have in responding to trauma and violence in our communities. Whether communities are responding to sexual assault or domestic violence, older adult maltreatment or campus sexual assault, we’ve found that multidisciplinaryContinue reading “Reflecting on Research into Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations”

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”

A Resource for Victim Service Agencies Looking for Research Findings

by Kelly Miller, Psychology Major My name is Kelly Miller and I am culminating my journey here at the University of Denver in the next few weeks. I will be graduating from DU with a BA in Psychology, a minor in Marketing, and a Certificate in Psychology with an emphasis on Mental Health. Across myContinue reading “A Resource for Victim Service Agencies Looking for Research Findings”

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”