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Responding to victims of intimate violence

Supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse

This Engaging Idea explores how the way in which we respond to a victim's disclosure of intimate violence can affect the survivor's life in multiple ways and for years to come.


Anne DePrince

 Anne DePrince is a Professor and Chair in the Psychology Department as well as Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). Her research focuses on how individual characteristics as well as interpersonal, community, and spatial contexts relate to violence/abuse exposure as well as clinical symptoms and interventions. The co-editor of three volumes on trauma and violence and an author of more than 80 articles, she is active in national and international professional organizations addressing trauma and violence. She currently serves as an Editor for the Trauma Books Series, the book series of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) for the American Psychological Association. She also serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She has received research funding from the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Mental Health. DePrince received the 2005 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for advancing the social understanding of trauma as well as the 2015 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact. In April 2016, her research was recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes with the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award for her contributions to the nation's understanding of crime victims' issues. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon and clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.

for more on the subject

  • Research publications from DePrince's Traumatic Stress Studies Group
  • Newsletters from DePrince's Traumatic Stress Studies Group
  • The Blue Bench, Denver's sexual assault prevention and care organization
  • Herman, J. (1999). Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence. New York: Basic Books.

Questions for personal reflection or group discussion

  1. What polices in our communities would better support survivors of gender-based violence? These could be health, education, criminal justice, or other kinds of policies.
  2. How can we encourage more dialogue about intimate violence in our communities?
  3. How do we prepare ourselves to support friends and loved ones affected by intimate violence?

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