Epidemiology: Prevention Research

Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence: Victim Support Team Evaluation

Key Investigators: Mary Kernic, Ph.D.
University of Washington Department of Epidemiology
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, approximately 1.8 million women will be victimized by a male intimate partner in the U.S. each year, suffering more than 5 million incidents of stalking, physical assault and rape. Despite strong advances in the understanding of the epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV), evaluation research on IPV interventions is still in its infancy. The investigators will assess the preventive effects of an existing crisis-intervention program, the Seattle Police Department’s Violence Support Team, which is designed to identify and refer victims of IPV to needed services, assist with providing information on the next steps in the criminal justice response to the incident, and safety planning. The aim of the study is to examine the effectiveness of the team in lessening future adverse outcomes by promoting improved evidence collection, prosecution, and access to preventive services related to IPV.