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Mounting and sustaining the violence against women research and evaluation program at the national institute of justice.

1National Institute of Justice (Retired), Bethesda, MD, USA.
Violence Against Women (Impact Factor: 1.33). 06/2013; 19(6):687-712. DOI: 10.1177/1077801213494702
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ABSTRACT The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) mandated a number of research efforts that stimulated a dramatic enhancement to violence against women research supported by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). This article documents and provides a perspective on key components in the history, development, and accomplishments of the Violence Against Women (VAW) research and evaluation program of NIJ. The article is comprised of four key parts: (a) progress of the research program and how leadership, planning, and collaboration were the catalysts in instituting the program; (b) significant research issues confronted and managed, including measurement, evaluation rigor, and gender symmetry; (c) critical conflicts in the field, such as calls for greater attention to sexual assault and violence against minorities as well as resistance to research on perpetrators and male victims; and (d) possible research directions for the future and a concluding comment.

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