Linking research and practice to address domestic and sexual violence: Lessons learned from a statewide conference with researchers and practitioners

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Whitney Paige Akers (Creator)
Tamarine M. Foreman (Creator)
Christine E. Murray, Director (Creator)
Jennifer Isabelle Ong (Creator)
Paige Hall Smith, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:

Abstract: Purpose - There is a growing emphasis on the need to integrate research and practice in the fields of domestic and sexual violence. However, additional research is needed to identify strategies for key stakeholders to use to bridge research and practice in these areas. The paper aims to discuss these issues.Design/methodology/approach - The current study analyzed qualitative data collected during a statewide conference for researchers and practitioners whose work addresses domestic and/or sexual violence.Findings - The findings provide information about building effective researcher-practitioner collaborations, developing methodologically sound studies that address practice-relevant research questions, and identifying steps that funders, state coalitions, researchers, and practitioners can take to advance the integration of research and practice.Research limitations/implications - Additional research is needed to evaluate specific approaches to better integrating research and practice related to domestic and sexual violence.Practical implications - Researcher-practitioner collaborations offer numerous benefits to advancing research and practice related to domestic and sexual violence. Additional guidance and tangible support is needed to foster these collaborations.Originality/value - This study used data collected during an innovative conference that brought together researchers and practitioners. The data have implications for furthering the integration of research and practice related to domestic and sexual violence.

Additional Information

Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research
Language: English
Date: 2015
Sexual violence, Domestic violence, Intimate partner violence, Research-practice gap, Researcher-practitioner collaborations, Sexual assault

Email this document to