National Spotlight on Denver-Area Research

The results of research made possible by many Denver-area partners just got a national spotlight in my new piece in The Conversation. Please take look at the article to read about: The impact of coordinated responses to domestic violence on victim-survivor well-being; New findings that offer a window into how multidisciplinary teams approach coordinating responses. This newContinue reading “National Spotlight on Denver-Area Research”

After Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations: Caregiver Perceptions of Investigations

by Anne P. DePrince & Julia Dmitrieva Following child abuse and neglect allegations, investigations can involve multiple systems and people from child welfare, criminal justice, and health agencies. Complex multi-system investigations can leave caregivers confused, intimidated, or alienated, which can decrease their engagement with child welfare action plans (Staudt, 2007). Decreased caregiver engagement can negativelyContinue reading “After Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations: Caregiver Perceptions of Investigations”

Working Together: Multidisciplinary Team Responses to Child Abuse & Neglect Investigations

Julia Dmitrieva & Anne P. DePrince Child abuse and neglect investigations can span multiple systems, from child welfare and health to criminal justice. Given the complexity of such multi-system responses, practitioners and policy makers have called for personnel from different systems to coordinate their investigations and responses to families through multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). Unfortunately, littleContinue reading “Working Together: Multidisciplinary Team Responses to Child Abuse & Neglect Investigations”

Supporting Survivors of Sex Trafficking

With the widely-reported sex crimes charges against Jeffrey Epstein, people are talking about sex trafficking and expressing outrage. We need to harness those conversations and that energy to work towards ensuring that our communities are prepared to respond to the trauma-related needs of sex trafficking survivors. Here are a few lessons from a study involving in-depthContinue reading “Supporting Survivors of Sex Trafficking”

Help Getting Help: Preliminary Findings on Service Needs and Barriers after Older Adult Maltreatment

by Julie Olomi, Naomi Wright, Leslie Hasche, & Anne DePrince Approximately one in ten older adults experience abuse, neglect and/or exploitation, according to national research (Lachs, & Pillemer, 2015; Laumann, Leitsch, & Waite, 2008). For practitioners and policy makers, national research makes clear how big of a problem older adult maltreatment is, but not howContinue reading “Help Getting Help: Preliminary Findings on Service Needs and Barriers after Older Adult Maltreatment”

Community-Based Providers Open Doors to Law Enforcement Reporting after Sexual Assault

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes to law enforcement. Communities need information about practices that support women’s autonomous decision-making, particularly given how deeply personal and complex such decisions can be. In a forthcoming Violence against Women article, we asked whether women’s reporting decisions were affectedContinue reading “Community-Based Providers Open Doors to Law Enforcement Reporting after Sexual Assault”

Telling a Story of Practitioner-Researcher Collaboration for Victim Services

When you feel strongly about something, it’s a really good day when someone hands you a microphone and says “tell us about it“. One of those good days came about recently when the Center for Victim Research invited Kazi Houston and Emily Tofte Nestaval from Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and me to talk about our WrapContinue reading “Telling a Story of Practitioner-Researcher Collaboration for Victim Services”

Victim Services Start in the Waiting Room

by Naomi Wright & Anne P. DePrince Imagine you work in victim services. Following a sexual assault, a woman goes to your office building to meet with you. Maybe for an interview that is part of a criminal investigation. Maybe to access healthcare. Regardless of the reason, keep imagining those first few moments when yourContinue reading “Victim Services Start in the Waiting Room”

Sexual Assault and Health: Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health

Note: The following post, written by Dr. Kerry Gagnon (Ph.D. ’18), describes findings from her dissertation research.  An estimated one in six women in America has been sexual assaulted[1]. In addition to the psychological costs of sexual assault, many survivors face physical health consequences that can last for weeks up to years. Physical health symptoms can includeContinue reading “Sexual Assault and Health: Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health”

Campus Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Attention

Note: The following post, written by Dr. Michelle Lee (Ph.D. ’18), describes findings from her dissertation research.   Sexual assault and harmful alcohol use are significant problems among women attending college, with approximately 20% of women experiencing forced sexual contact, attempted rape, and/or rape as college students (Fisher et al., 2003; Krebs et al., 2007; SAMHSA, 2015).Continue reading “Campus Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Attention”