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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Panel on Research on Violence Against Women 


Project Scope

The committee will examine empirical and clinical research reports and databases on violence against women; identify gaps in the knowledge base; develop a research agenda that can improve the development of preventive, educative, social, and legal strategies for controlling violence against women, including addressing the needs of underserved populations. Primary tasks include: synthesizing the relevant research literature and developing a framework for clarifying what is known about violence against women, including rape and domestic violence; supplementing the research literature with lessons learned by field professionals and service providers; and identifying promising areas of research aimed at understanding the scope of the problem and improving the implementation and evaluation strategies for dealing with violence against women.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Justice

Committee Membership
ANN W. BURGESS (Chair), School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
EZRA C. DAVIDSON, JR. (Vice Chair), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, King-Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles
MARK APPELBAUM, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
LUCY BERLINER, Harborview Sexual Assault Center, Seattle
KIMBERLE CRENSHAW, Columbia University Law School
JEFFREY L. EDLESON, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota
DAVID A. FORD, Department of Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
LUCY N. FRIEDMAN, Victim Services, New York
RICHARD B. IGLEHART, Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County Courthouse, Oakland, California
MARY P. KOSS, College of Medicine, University of Arizona
ILENA M. NORTON, National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, University of Colorado Health Services and Denver General Hospital
SUSAN B. SORENSON, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
SARA TORRES, Department of Community Nursing, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
ELIZABETH WATSON, Chief of Police, Austin (to September 1995)
LINDA M. WILLIAMS, Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire

NANCY A. CROWELL, Study Director
ROSEMARY CHALK, Senior Project Officer
KATHERINE DARKE, Research Assistant (from October 1995)
SEBLE MENKIR, Research Assistant (through July 1995)
NIANI SUTARDJO, Project Assistant

Understanding Violence Against Women (1996)

 Understanding Violence Against Women - report cover




How can we achieve the best understanding of violence against women and its complex ramifications? This book explores the incidence, prevalence, and scope of domestic violence and sexual assault in America and their consequences; factors that put people at risk of violence and that precipitate violence; what interventions are designed to do, whom they are reaching, and how to reach the majority of victims who do not seek help; and how best to structure the study of violence against women.



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