Top 10 Things Advocates Need to Know

Top Ten Things Advocates Need to Know

A key mission of the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women is to ensure that the findings of quality research make it into the hands of advocates and professionals. This translation of research to practice ensures that science has its maximum benefit on the lives of women and children.

In 2010 Carol Jordan (University of Kentucky) and Adam Pritchard (University of Central Florida) conducted a survey with over 100 rape crisis and domestic violence advocates in Kentucky about what they needed to know from research to help them do their jobs. A series of 10 briefs were prepared to answer the top questions advocates cited as important.

  1. What services do survivors of rape find most helpful, and what help do they say they need?
  2. What type of sex offender is most likely to recommit their crimes? Incest offenders, rapists, or pedophiles?
  3. What mental health issues are caused by experiencing intimate partner violence or sexual assault?
  4. Do protective orders work? Who violates protective orders the most?
  5. What is the impact of mandatory arrest laws on intimate partner violence victims and offenders?
  6. What are the most significant long-term health consequences of chronic sexual or physical violence?
  7. What percentage of rape cases gets prosecuted? What are the rates of conviction?
  8. Does treatment with intimate partner violence offenders work?
  9. Does a report of intimate partner violence or sexual assault by a partner put a woman at risk of losing custody of her children?
  10. How do women from different racial/ethnic backgrounds experience intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual assault? Does race and ethnicity matter?

Download entire Series here.

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