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The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (www.mincava.umn.edu), under the direction of Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D., works to increase knowledge on violence against women and children through research, education and free access to high-quality information.
MINCAVA staff create new online and print materials related to violence against women and children. Here are some recent developments from the center:
The Hague Domestic Violence Project has, with the help of numerous volunteers from Thomson Reuters’ FindLaw and West Divisions, launched a new project website at http://www.haguedv.org. This site adds new content and provides a framework to expand the site in the future. The HagueDV project held a half-day conference for the first time showcasing the Project’s research study results in Seattle, Washington, on April 19th. Jeffrey Edleson and Sudha Shetty presented the study’s findings at Tokyo University on July 22nd and Taryn Lindhorst, Jeffrey Edleson and Sudha Shetty will present a “Research in the Real World” summary of their study at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, DC, on October 12th. This research was also cited in several recent amicus briefs in appeals cases and in a US Supreme Court hearing. In the Supreme Court hearing, both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Ginsburg asked questions that drew attention to domestic violence in Hague cases.
The second edition of the Sourcebook on Violence Against Women has been published by Sage Publications. Edited by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson and Raquel Kennedy Bergen, the second edition is an entirely new textbook for use in graduate and undergraduate courses. New features include more international content and personal reflections by leading practitioners and researchers in the field. More information can be found online at:
This spring, the Global Research Program on Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention (MMVP) welcomed a respected group of activists, organizational representatives and researchers with roots in violence prevention and men's engagement to the MMVP Global Advisory Council. To see a list of Council members, visit: http://www.mincava.umn.edu/mmvp/council.html.
The Council pilot tested MMVP's first online survey assessing worldwide efforts to engage men in violence prevention, international violence prevention agencies, men's and fatherhood organizations. The survey has now been completed with responses from almost 200 individuals and organizations around the world. We will be publishing the results of this survey by the end of August. Our research team also assisted MenEngage North America with the analysis and reporting of their North American survey.
MINCAVA staff facilitate the VAWnet – Domestic Violence Applied Research project. VAWnet (http://vawnet.org/) is an online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children. We recently completed the following special collection in collaboration with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), and in close consultation with the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL):
Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life (July 2010) - This Special Collection brings together selected materials related to preventing and responding to elder abuse, specifically domestic and sexual violence (DV/SV). By focusing specifically on DV/SV in older people, this collection highlights the complexities of older people's DV/SV experiences and emphasizes collaborative and multi-pronged approaches to addressing DV/SV in older people.
VAWOR is a collaborative project between MINCAVA and the U. S. Dept. of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). It is designed to operate as an information dissemination tool to provide resources to the general public, researchers, criminal justice practitioners, advocates, and social service professionals with the latest in research and promising practices regarding issues on violence against women. The VAWOR website re-launched in the end of February with a new look and expanded content. In the months following the launch, the site has averaged over 22,600 user sessions a month.
The new VAWOR website includes an on-line library of resources that features training curricula, research articles, best practices guidelines, in-briefs, and an online technical assistance calendar and directory that offers OVW staff, TA Providers, and grantees the ability to easily search for and view TA Provider events for which they are eligible to attend. The content of the website is easy to find and can be navigated to by both topic and audience. One of the unique features of this website is a section that spotlights TA content. Each month, three new articles are spotlighted on the front page.
Please visit our website at: http://vaw.umn.edu/