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Cluster Leads:

Jana Jasinski, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor of Sociology [email protected]

Bethany Backes, Ph.D.

Science Lead & Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Work [email protected]

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.

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Find out more about UCF’s Violence Against Women Cluster here.

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.


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Violence Against Women (VAW) Research



Violence Against Women (VAW) Degree Programs

UCF offers multiple degree programs for students interested in courses related to preventing violence against women. For more programs, search UCF programs below.

Violence Against Women (VAW) Faculty

Violence Against Women (VAW) Post Doctoral Researchers