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DKFrom the Director's Desk
Greetings Friends and Colleagues!

It has been a very busy year for the Research Center on Violence. On top of recently completing the second phase of the very first West Virginia Crime Victimization Survey, Center staff published a large amount of scholarly material and my co-authored book (with Molly Dragiewicz and Martin D. Schwartz) Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence Against Women received the 2017 Robert Jerrin Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division on Victimology.

Speaking of the ASC, Center staff, too, were especially active at the 2017 annual meetings of this professional association and will be again this November in Atlanta. The Center will co-host (with WVU’s Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) another party at the ASC conference and at least 10 scholarly papers will be presented.

The Center continues to be heavily involved in local community work. For example, on April 18, 2018, the Center and the new WVU student organization, the Violence Research and Awareness Association, sponsored the Clothesline Project at WVU. The turnout was impressive, as it was for the same event last year. What is more, on December 6, 2017, the Center, once again, brought the White Ribbon Campaign to WVU. Like the Clothesline Project, the Campaign is dedicated to reducing violence against women in all its shapes and forms.

The Violence Research and Awareness Association is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate students in any major) and more information on this dynamic organization is available at

Plans for the Center’s future include developing a mixed methods study of illegal drug use and distribution in rural West Virginia and crafting a study of some key issues related to hate crime. Several other projects are also in the development stage, such as one that will examine the association between technology-facilitated forms of woman abuse and physical variants of violence against women. As well, Center affiliates continue to write up the results of the recent WVU Campus Climate Survey and some of the new findings appear in the Journal of Gender-Based Violence and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

It should be noted that some Center staff not only study violence, but also examine topics such as procedural justice, policing, neighborhood dynamics, and contemporary populism. Regardless of what they investigate, however, students are always involved in Center affiliates’ research projects and they gain rich experience collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.

We thank you for visiting the Center’s Web site and we wish you all the best for the summer.