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This study seeks to understand how the pandemic impacted responses and services for domestic violence calls and cases. An online survey was administered to law enforcement, prosecutorial, and victim services staff working in the criminal justice system and with a domestic violence case load. In-depth interviews are being conducted with a sub-sample of survey recipients.

Bethany Backes (PI), Erica Fissel (Co-PI), Amy Reckdenwald (Co-PI), Will Moreto (Co-PI), Jacinta Gau (Co-PI)

Total Award: $4,800

Funder: College of Community Innovation and Education

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Principal Investigator

Bethany Backes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Work


Erica Fissel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Amy Reckdenwald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology