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Program on Family Relationships and Interpersonal Violence

Dr. Rebecca Macy, coordinator

Rebecca MacyResearchers exploring Family Relationships and Interpersonal Violence aim to promote positive family relationships in the changing landscape and complexity of family structures. These issues are examined through interdisciplinary research and collaboration with community partners and key stakeholders. One direction of research foci in this program examines parenting structures, parenting styles, and related individual and family outcomes, while other program foci examine the prevention of interpersonal violence and development of trauma-informed treatment interventions for survivors of violent victimization.

Examples of current projects include developing innovative housing solutions for survivors of intimate partner violence and their children developing tailored domestic violence interventions for women with mental illnesses, enhancing parenting in the context of intimate partner violence, enhancing the cultural competency of domestic violence services, and preventing dating/sexual violence among youth.