Center for Research on Violence Against Women

Fostering Research to End Violence Against Women


Dr. Diane Follingstad was awarded the Division of Student Affairs “Outstanding Faculty Partner Award” for 2015-2016.


Dr. Ann Coker will be presented with the UK CCTS Mentor Recognition Award on April 22, 2016. Click here for more information.


Dr. Charles Carlson gave his College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor Lecture on March 28, 2016. Click here for more information.


The Center’s Director, Dr. Diane Follingstad, will deliver the first talk of CRVAW’s lecture series, “Researching Violence: A Series Addressing Research Challenges, Strategies, and Practices” on March 24, 2016. Click here for information.


The C.A.T.S. survey is now available. Click here for more information.


President Capilouto answers questions about the C.A.T.S. survey with the KY Kernel. Click here for the story.


UK officials make recommendations to address student safety based on in-depth analysis of C.A.T.S. data. Click here for more information and click here for a video.


CRVAW faculty Drs. Ann Coker and Heather Bush are part of a multi-college bystander intervention evaluation project. Click here for their article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine regarding this study.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention announced five new awardees that will rigorously evaluate approaches to prevent dating violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence. Drs. Bush and Coker received two of these awards. Click here to learn more.





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The Center’s Mission
Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the Center for Research on Violence Against Women conduct and disseminate research to improve the quality of life of those affected by forms of violence that disproportionately involve women with the ultimate goal of preventing such violence.



The Center’s Background
The Center for Research on Violence Against Women was created by the UK Board of Trustees on February 10, 2003. The idea for this novel academic research center had come from a partnership between Governor Paul E. Patton and President Lee T. Todd, Jr., which resulted in the creation of a university-based research center that would facilitate the transfer of research to the practice field. For the University of Kentucky, the proposal met its priority of advancing research in the risk-related social sciences. In its conceptualization phase, no replica of the model envisioned in this early partnership was found anywhere across the country. This gave the University of Kentucky both the difficult challenge and the extraordinary opportunity to be ground-breaking. The Center for Research on Violence Against Women was established under the Vice President for Research at UK in recognition of the desire to create a strong interdisciplinary research and education agenda.

As an academic area of study, the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and their attendant risks present complex challenges. These cannot be completely addressed without a cross-discipline, content-specific approach which integrates practice, theory, and research. The Center for Research on Violence Against Women is designed to afford such an opportunity. Thus, the Center has worked for over a decade to strengthen the research infrastructure at the University to promote scientific exploration in the violence against women area. To accomplish that aim, the Center has brought in federally funded grants; on-campus research projects; offered consultation to faculty in the preparation of research grants; facilitated access to data sets; and engaged in other initiatives to support the research interests faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Contact the Center

151 Washington Avenue
Bowman Hall, Room 151
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0059