Violence Against Women Interdisciplinary Research Group (VAWIRG)

The purpose of the Violence Against Women Interdisciplinary Research Group (VAWIRG) is to forward the science and scholarship of Violence Against Women as a field of study through dynamic, interdisciplinary collaboration and feedback amongst faculty and students at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Violence Against Women Interdisciplinary Research Group aims to fulfill its purpose by providing a venue for a team approach, grounded in positive, constructive work driven by members of the group who represent multiple disciplines and multiple methodological approaches.

In order to achieve our aims, we have hosted several Student Discussion Hours throughout the semester in which current literature, the adversities and successes of working in the field of violence against women, and struggles as graduate students are discussed. We have also supported graduate students’ scholarship by listening to and providing feedback on study proposals. Lastly, we attended a local conference and led a discussion panel, with a faculty moderator, addressing the failures and areas of future success in the field of Violence Against Women. In the coming semesters, we will continue the Student Discussion Hour; expand our work with the community through our partner, The Women’s Resource Center; and host a symposium for research on violence against women.

The VAWIRG meets at least twice a semester and additional meetings are determined by the group on a collaborative basis. The VAWIRG is open to any person in the UWM community who is engaged in a research project on violence against women and children. This may include the study of sexual, physical and emotional violence instigated by any gender.

MAIVR poster

April 18, 2014

3:00 - 5:00 pm, Student Union Room 240

The Networking Symposium for Milwaukee Area Interpersonal Violence Research intends

(1) to provide an opportunity for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, and faculty to present their work (in poster form) on topics related to interpersonal violence

(2) to broaden student and faculty research networks by inviting students and faculty from other Milwaukee area colleges

(3) to provide an educational experience having a Milwaukee-based speaker present from the Sojourner Truth Center speak regarding the research-practice gap

The event will be held on April 18th from 3-5pm in the UWM Union, room 240. We ask that presenters submit their abstracts to by April 1st. Although this event is held by a violence against women group, we welcome all work around interpersonal violence, including men, women, and transgendered populations. We will have a cash prize for the best student poster.

Larger poster (.jpg)

Laura Voith, Social Work
RaeAnn Anderson, Clinical Psychology
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