Spotlight / Winter 2022-23

National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month / December


Learn about how Victim Impact Panels may help reduce Driving Under the Influence (DUI) recidivism for up to 8 years post-sentence.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities / December 3

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Review this synthesis of the latest information on the mistreatment of adults with disabilities by the National Center on Elder Abuse. Recommendations for intervention are included.

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Explore recommendations for conducting research with the Deaf community, which stemmed from the Urban Institute’s final evaluation of Barrier Free Living’s Deaf Services.


Read this study on how intellectual disabilities elevate the risk of intimate partner violence‒related hospitalizations—underscoring the need for improved and specialized service provision.

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National Stalking Awareness Month / January


Learn about how women stalked by abusive (ex)partners experience significant problems at work or loss of work, with implications for safety planning.

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National Human Trafficking Prevention Month / January


Read this special edition of Public Health Reports devoted to human trafficking research. Articles are open access.

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See recommendations for practitioners engaged in Antitrafficking Task Forces, including  recommendations for survivor engagement and services, from the Urban Institute’s recently completed multisite evaluation.

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Learn about day laborer experiences with precarious jobs and labor exploitation from this article regarding three Texas studies.

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African American History Month / February


Understand the psychosocial aspects of coping that predict post-traumatic stress disorder for African American survivors of homicide victims.

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Review a new theoretical help-seeking model for African American female victims of intimate partner violence. This theory incorporates factors such as mistrust of law enforcement, disappointment in linkage to services, fear of death, and willingness to survive.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month / February

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Review this summary of 25 years of National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health data on the victimization experiences of adolescents, including teen dating violence.

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Learn from research on how technology can facilitate service provider connections to youth victims of teen dating violence.

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