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.
Thursday, October 10
5:00 pm Curtin 939
Initial meeting: A Call for Participants in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Violence against Women
Support research on violence against women conducted by the UWM community through
- sharing ideas
- giving conference and community presentations
- writing grant proposals
- hosting symposia
- facilitating networking
Laura Voith, Social Work
RaeAnn Anderson, Clinical Psychology