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Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization

The mission of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV) is to improve violence prevention and intervention efforts, nationally and internationally, through research, education, and advocacy initiatives. LIVV takes a multidisciplinary approach to this mission, collaborating with community members, researchers, medical practitioners, social service advocates, legal professionals, and policy makers who share our commitment to eliminating interpersonal violence.

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) through Research, Education, Advocacy and the Law

Since LIVV was founded in 2002, researchers have conducted numerous federal and state funded projects that have focused primarily on intimate partner violence and mental health, victimization as a social determinant of health, and bridging medical care with legal leverage for victims. LIVV’s global efforts in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) have centered on exploring the prevalence of, and relationships between, IPV, depression and health outcomes for women and children, and working with trafficking victims in Lao PDR.

LIVV education efforts have revolved around designing, delivering and evaluating IPV training programs — tailoring curricula for university community members, service agency clinicians, criminal justice practitioners, clergy, and advocacy groups. In addition to weekly seminars, LIVV also sponsors a range of academic events from informal colloquia to national conferences. We are also deeply committed to mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral level scholars.

Finally, for the past 13 years, the LIVV team has provided legal and medical consultation to those who seek violence-free lives, and offered intellectual and technical support to other helping professionals working to improve the health and quality of life for many men, women, and children living with violence.