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”

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers

by Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes, with women tending not to disclose their experiences to formal supports, such as police, doctors, and counselors. As #MeToo broke into public awareness last year, requests for sexual assault services increased. That more survivors are seeking services is good news, particularly given theContinue reading “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers”