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Prevention of Interpersonal Violence: Achievements, Gaps, and Future Directions
Denise Hines, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Social Work, George Mason University
Abstract: This presentation focuses on the convergence of two lines of research: one on the prevention of interpersonal violence on college campuses (i.e., sexual assault and relationship abuse) and the other on under-recognized victims of interpersonal violence, namely heterosexual men and sexual minorities. With grant funding, Dr. Hines co-founded and co-directed a violence prevention effort at her former university, and she will describe the main initiatives of the program, along with two of the evaluation studies. Next, she will present data on victims who are not served by current prevention initiatives, even her own that was tailored to be inclusive to their needs. She will review data on both their internal and external barriers to seeking help, and some pilot data on why bystanders may not intervene. A main goal of this presentation is to begin brainstorming ideas for effective prevention and intervention campaigns so that all victims of interpersonal violence can get the help they need before, during, and after being involved in interpersonal violence.
Biography: Dr. Denise Hines is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Dr. Hines’ expertise includes the causes, consequences, and prevention of family violence and sexual assault, with a particular focus on under-recognized victims of violence. Dr. Hines’ work on under-recognized victims of family violence has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, while her interpersonal violence prevention work has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education. The CAVE program that she co-founded in 2009 while a faculty member at Clark University quickly became recognized as a model campus sexual assault prevention program. It was one of only seven programs nationally to be recognized as a model by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Hines is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles and two books on issues of family violence, one of which – Family Violence in the United States – is currently under contract with Sage for its third edition. She was the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Central Lancashire in England. She has spoken about her work in front of various audiences, including state coalitions against domestic violence, the Massachusetts State legislature, the White House domestic policy staff, staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Canadian Parliament.