Coordinated community responses to violence against women have been implemented since the 1970s, yet evaluations on the effectiveness of these programs have been limited. It is important that coordinated community responses be examined more thoroughly, as they are a popular form of intervention in the field of violence against women, particularly for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. Thus, the project will examine the current state of coordinated community responses to violence against women throughout the United States and identify current gaps in research. The project will conduct a comprehensive and systematic review of coordinated community responses for domestic violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, and stalking will be conducted. Researchers will also identify the best practices associated with coordinated community responses to violence against women and will bring together experts in the field to host a topical meeting and further explore the next steps in closing this gap in understanding.
Laura Johnson, PhD, Rutgers University, Principal Investigator
Laura Johnson is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Her research interests include coordinated community responses to violence against women, with a focus on the criminal justice system, and program evaluation. Her dissertation examined the effectiveness of a financial literacy intervention on intimate partner violence survivors’ financial empowerment over time. Laura also sits on the New Jersey Child Fatality & Near Fatality Review Board Northern Regional Community-Based Team
Amanda Stylianou, PhD, Safe Horizon, Co-Principal Investigator
Amanda M. Stylianou, is a social worker who focuses her career on improving services at the intersection of trauma, mental health and poverty. In her role as Associate Vice President of Quality and Program Development at Safe Horizon, the nation's leading victim services agency, she works with her team to ensure the organization is providing the most effective and efficient services to clients throughout NYC. Her current research focuses on understanding the needs of victims/survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking and on understanding and evaluating practices in the field. In addition to her work at Safe Horizon, Dr. Stylianou teaches in the MSW program at Rutgers University and offers several CEU trainings throughout New Jersey with Rutgers University's Institute for Families. Dr. Stylianou has published in a variety of journals including Social Work, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence against Women, Violence and Victims, Affilia and Children and Youth Services Review.