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Community intervention program reduces repeat intimate-partner violence

Mothers with children who completed a mandatory community intimate-partner violence (IPV) program were less likely to be re-victimized and more likely to leave an abusive spouse or partner, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Changes in Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Mandated to Community Services” was published online recently in the journal, Research and Social Work Practice. Rebecca Macy, L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families and professor in UNC’s School of Social Work, directed the five-year study.

UNC researcher partners with Pitt County to prevent domestic violence homicides

For most of her academic career, UNC researcher Rebecca Macy, Ph.D., has focused her work on solutions to prevent domestic violence and to help survivors successfully recover.

Over the next year, the School of Social Work professor will increase those efforts by partnering with law enforcement officers and community advocates in Eastern North Carolina to proactively tackle domestic violence homicides. The goal: to quickly identify women who are in potentially fatal abusive relationships or in households of risk and to connect them to services before it’s too late.

Save the dates: Clinical Lecture Series 2013-14 events in Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem

The UNC School of Social Work’s Clinical Lecture Series offers lectures on mental health topics to enhance the clinical curriculum for students, and continuing education for graduates and practitioners. It also aims to foster and strengthen relationships among students, faculty, and the wider clinical community. 

UNC to host webcast discussing early childhood development

More than 1,000 public health professionals, educators and policy makers from across the nation are scheduled to gather via the Internet June 4 to discuss early childhood development during the 19th annual National Health Equity Research Webcast.

“Early Childhood: Investing in Our Children and Our Future” will be hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the Minority Health Project at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in association with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

BHRP looks to enhance training and services around mental health and substance abuse

For nearly two decades, the state has contracted with the School of Social Work’s Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program (BHRP) to provide training and technical assistance in mental health and substance abuse services. This year, BHRP staff is considering new ways to better serve professionals in the field, as well as exploring new initiatives to further assist adults and children.