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UCF Violence Against Women Cluster members will conduct a study in conjunction with the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Violence Prevention and University of Texas at Arlington, plan to examine how domestic violence housing programs, specifically, transitional housing, impact female survivors and their children and if they lead to safe, permanent housing and financial stability. The researchers plan to make their results available through a database to help programs nationwide. The U.S. Department of Criminal Justice Office on Violence Against Women awarded UCF the five-year $1 Million grant for the project.

To learn more about the study please visit the Team’s webpage here.

UCF Team:

Bethany Backes, Phd, Julia O’Connor, PhD, Alison Cares, PhD, Erica Fissel, PhD, Jacqueline Woerner, PhD and Amy Donley, PhD, along with Disability Aging Technology Cluster member: Boon Peng Ng, PhD (Advisory Board Member).


UCF College of Sciences News Article found here.

Principal Investigator

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


Julia O’Connor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Erica Fissel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Alison Cares, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Jacqueline Woerner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Psychology