Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter
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It’s been a wonderful few months:

  • The “Mender of Women” met with Ortner faculty and students.
  • We submitted a large federal proposal with 33 accomplished researchers from 18 institutions and 16 disciplines.
  • The Center received a substantial anonymous gift which has helped us launch work on violence against women and technology.

For more of the Director’s Message, click here.


Mothers – not strangers – are the most common target of violence by a person with a severe mental illness. For more about this work by PhD student Travis Labrum, click here.


Professor Marilyn (Lynn) Sommers found a problem with forensic sexual assault exams – widely-used technology does not identify injury in women with dark skin as well as it does in women with light skin. For more about her ground-breaking research, click here.


Recent research by Ortner Center Fellows documents:

  • Moral outrage leads to victim compensation
  • China’s first law against domestic violence can be improved.
  • Sexual assault is a key reason why women leave the U.S. military early.
  • Women in Côte d’Ivoire who fled conflict zones but remained in the country are at higher risk of intimate partner violence.
  • The number of re-arrests for domestic violence could be cut in half.
  • For more, click here.