Gender-Based Violence Projects

gbv keyareas smScholars at the Wellesley Centers for Women have conducted numerous research studies on issues related to gender-based violence, including bullying- and sexual harassment-prevention programs in schools, and patterns of and interventions for intimate partner violence, including family violence and teen dating violence.



  • Dating Violence Prevention Program for Each Grade in Middle School

    A longitudinal multi-level experiment

    The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of grade-differentiated dating violence and sexual harassment prevention curricula.

  • Creating a Family Court Advocacy Training Curriculum for Battered Minority and Immigrant Women

    Ongoing since 2009
    Empowering Battered Immigrant Women

    Through this project we will develop and pilot-test a new family court advocacy training curriculum for service providers who work with battered immigrant and minority women.  This project is intended to directly affect the lives of battered immigrant women by empowering them with substantive, strategic knowledge.

  • Stages of Change in Intimate Partner Violence

    Completed in 2009
    Impact of stages of change on both male batterers and their female partners

    This project looks at the impact of stages of change on both male batterers and their female partners.

  • Intimate Partner Violence, Motivational Interviewing and Health Outcomes

    Completed in 2009
    Proposal to train domestic violence advocates

    A collaboration with the HAVEN Program at Mass General Hospital for a proposal to train domestic violence advocates to use motivational interviewing with victims of partner violence.

  • Homeless Women and Intimate Partner Violence

    Completed in 2009

    A collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and numerous shelters in Boston, this study involves surveying and interviewing homeless women with respect to their experience of childhood trauma and intimate partner violence. 

  • Dual-Trauma Couples

    Completed in 2009
    Couples where both members have a history of childhood trauma

  • What Do Abused Women of Color and Immigrant Women Experience during Family Court Proceedings?

    Interviewing Battered Women of Color

    Battered women of color often report that they do not receive fair treatment in family courts and that the courts’ insufficiencies can lead to devastating consequences for them and for their children.

  • Improving the Court Approach to Domestic Violence Cases in the Massachusetts Family Courts

    Completed 2008-2013
    Massachusetts Domestic Violence Data Collection

    This project will provide systematic data on court cases involving domestic violence in Massachusetts.

  • Middle School Bullying & Sexual Violence: Measurement Issues & Etiological Models

    Informing Sexual Violence Prevention

    This research project addresses a critical issue by examining the overlap of bullying perpetration/victimization and sexual violence in order to inform sexual violence prevention in US schools.

  • Development and Evaluation of Sexual Violence/Harassment Prevention Programs

    Completed 2007
    Sexual Violence/Harassment Prevention Programs in Middle Schools

    This study in Cleveland, OH, area schools was designed to help increase the capacity of programs to prevent sexual violence and harassment. The long-term goal/objective of this study is to help prevent intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and sexual harassment by employing the most rigorous methods to evaluate strategies for altering the violence-supportive attitudes and norms of youth.

  • Decriminalizing Consensual Teen Sex

    Completed 2007
    Law and Consensual Teen Sex

    This project explored the ways in which states attempt to regulate consensual adolescent sexual behavior through criminal law.

  • Women's Insights Project: African-Americans and Intimate Partner Violence

    2005 - 2007
    Domestic Violence and African-American Women

    The Women’s Insights Project was a study that is designed to explore the experiences of African-American women who have survived IPV. Specifically, the purpose is to gain an understanding of the perceived costs and benefits that African American women experiencing intimate partner violence face when they consider seeking help from family, friends, and social institutions.

  • Teasing and Bullying

    2000 - 2008
    Addressing Teasing and Bullying in Schools

    This project worked to examine and counteract the effects of the culture of bullying on children and youth by raising awareness about bullying and by exploring the links between bullying, other forms of aggression, and violence through a combination of research, action, and advocacy.

  • Zero Tolerance

    Sexual Harassment Policies: Zero Tolerance

    Through this project, researchers examined experiences of sexual harassment in schools even when zero-tolerance policies may exist.

  • Battered Mothers' Testimony Project

    2000 - 2004
    Gender and Justice

    This statewide project combines human rights fact-finding, qualitative research, advocacy, and community organizing to document and address the injustices inflicted on battered mothers and their children during family court child custody and visitation litigation.

  • National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center

    A consortium to help prevent violence against women.

    The Centers for Disease Control established this consortium of WCW, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Missouri. 

  • Navy Family Study

    Violence in Navy Families

    This longitudinal study examined family violence within the Navy and was designed to help Navy leaders develop their family advocacy program.

  • Longitudinal Research on Partner Violence, Child Physical Abuse, and Child Sexual Abuse

    Completed in 1998
    Partner Violence, Child Physical Abuse, and Child Sexual Abuse

    This study examined the ways in which physical and/or sexual violence within a family affects the individual, the family unit, and the community. The project focused on prevention programs and policies in order to better understand the varied outcomes of family violence.

  • Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence in Schools: A Research and Development Project Linking Schools

    Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence in Schools

    This project created a collaborative intervention model and curriculum for schools and community-based organizations in order to understand and counter rising rates of rape, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in school environments.

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