UCF’s Violence Against Women Cluster researchers work across the disciplines of education, social work, criminal justice, sociology and medicine to create knowledge to guide policymaking designed to reduce the experience and impact of violence toward women.
About 33 million women will experience violence in their lifetimes. In addition to physical, sexual, emotional injury and even death, the economic costs of violence against women in lost work productivity and healthcare services are as high as $12.6 billion in the United States.
Effectively impacting this social issue can save countless lives and billions of dollars.
To better understand the complexity of violence against women and create innovative responses that transcend any one discipline, the cluster studies it from an interdisciplinary approach that merges health, social welfare and social justice perspectives.
The cluster incorporates all of these fields to better understand violence against women and provide insight into preventing it. To support this vital program, please visit here.
Media & Other Resources:
Orlando Sentinel reports, “A new study shows domestic violence incidents spiked more than 8% nationwide in 2020 following lockdown orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic — a trend also seen in Central Florida, according to one local leader.” This article can be found here.
UCF’s Violence Against Women Cluster Co-Lead, Catherine Kaukinen, PhD, served as a guest speaker on a recent radio broadcast with 90.7 WMFE, entitled, “New Study Co-Authored by UCF Professor Finds Domestic Abuse Has Increased Since The First Lockdown.” This interview was held on February 26th, 2021 and the audio and transcript can be found here.
Potentially life-saving research by VAW cluster member, Amy Reckdenwald, PhD, by reshaping the way law enforcement approaches domestic violence.
In The News
Violence Against Women (VAW) Research
Older Survivors of Domestic Violence: Understanding Gaps in Systems Responses and Community Services in Texas
Safe Transitions: Longitudinal Examination of Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Models on Survivor Outcomes
Evaluation of the Institute for Coordinated Community Response, The Caruth Foundation and The Moody Foundation, Collaboration with the Conference on Crimes Against Women
Evaluation of Residential Services at Fort Bend Women’s Center, Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor, State of Texas
Exploring Protective-Factors for Sexual Violence Perpetration Among College-Aged Men. University of Central Florida. The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training.
Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the HIV care continuum among communities of color in South Florida: Patient and Provider Perspectives
- “Prevalence and sociodemographic factors associated with stalking victimization among college students”, Bethany Backes, Ph.D., Lisa Fedina, Ph.D., Caitlin Sulley, Ph.D., Leila Wood, Ph.D., Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., Journal of American College Health 68(6), 624-630: Mar, 2019
- “The criminal justice system response to intimate partner stalking: A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research”, Bethany Backes, Ph.D., Lisa Fedina, Ph.D., Jennifer Lynne Holmes, Ph.D., Journal of Family Violence 35, 665–678: Feb, 2020
- “Measurement invariance of the World Assumptions Questionnaire across race/ethnic group, sex, and sexual orientation”, Jacqueline Woerner, Ph.D., Haeny, A. M., Ph.D., Overstreet, C., Ph.D., Hicks, T. A., Ph.D., Ahuja, M., Ph.D., Amstadter, A. B., Ph.D., & Sartor, C. E., Ph.D., Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy: Apr, 2021
- “People downplay health risks to fulfill their goals: A motivational framework for guiding behavioral policy”, Jacqueline Woerner, Ph.D., Catalina Kopetz, Ph.D., SAGE Journals 8(1), 92-100: Feb, 2021
- “Internalizing symptoms, alcohol use, and protective behavioral strategies associated with regretted sexual experiences of college students”, Jacqueline Woerner, Ph.D., Roselyn Peterson, Ph.D., Robert D. Dvorak, Ph.D., Melissa A. Lewis, Ph.D., Journal of Affective Disorders 283, 363-372: Mar, 2021
- “Commuter Students’ Readiness to Help in Incidents of Campus Sexual Violence”, Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., Sarah McMahon, Ph.D., SAGE Journals: Feb, 2021
- “Victims’ Perceptions of Cyberstalking: an Examination of Perceived Offender Motivation”, Erica Fissel, Ph.D., American Journal of Criminal Justice: Feb, 2021
- “A New Frontier: The Development and Validation of the Intimate Partner Cyber Abuse Instrument”, Erica Fissel, Ph.D., Amanda Graham, Ph.D., Leah C. Butler, Ph.D., Bonnie S. Fisher, Ph.D., SAGE Journals: Mar, 2021
- “The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Role of Anxiety and Alcohol Use among Haitian Women Living with HIV”, Karina Villalba, Ph.D., Jennifer Attonito, Ph.D., Michele Jean-Gilles, Ph.D., Rhonda Rosenberg, Ph.D., Mariana Sanchez, Ph.D., & Jessy Devieux, Ph.D., Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 29(7), 788-801: Oct, 2021
- “The longitudinal effects of rape myth beliefs and rape proclivity”, Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., American Psychological Association 22(2), 321–330: Nov, 2021
- “When stay-at-home orders leave victims unsafe at home: Exploring the risk and consequences of intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic”, Catherine Kaukinen, Ph.D., American Journal of Criminal Justice 45, 668–679: Jun, 2020
- “Intimate partner violence and material hardship among urban mothers”, Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., Violence Against Women 26(9), 935-954: Jul, 2019
- “Place, injury patterns, and female-victim intimate partner homicide”, Amy Reckdenwald, Ph.D., Violence Against Women 25(6), 654-676: Sep, 2018
- “Gender differences in the association between childhood sexual abuse and risk behaviors among people living with HIV in Haiti”, Karina Villalba, Ph.D., Aids Care 1-7: Apr, 2020
- “The aftermath of cyberstalking: School, work, social, and health costs of victimization”, Erica Fissel, Ph.D., American Journal of Criminal Justice 45(1), 70-87: Jun, 2019
- “Responding to sexual assault on campus: A national assessment and systematic classification of the scope and challenges for investigation and adjudication”, Alison Cares, Ph.D., National Institute of Justice NCJ Number 254671: Jan, 2020
- “The role of drinking motives and perceived controllability of events in the association between college women’s sexual assault victimization and binge drinking”, Jacqueline Woerner, Ph.D., Addictive Behaviors 90, 210-216: Mar, 2019
Violence Against Women (VAW) Faculty
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Work
Associate Professor of Sociology
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Pegasus Professor of Sociology
Professor of Criminal Justice
Professor of Sociology
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Associate Professor of Sociology
Assistant Professor of Social Psychology