Domestic violence prevention in the spotlight at October events



Katie Kaukinen, associate professor, School of Public Affairs, will share the results of her research into domestic violence at a noon Monday presentation, “The Changing Extent, Nature and Context of Intimate Partner Violence” in Dwire 204.

Kaukinen will explain data taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey and the National Crime and the National Violence Against Women Survey. She will focus on the trends indicated by the data as well as explain the role economic variables play in shaping a woman’s risk of becoming a victim of violence.

“Recent declines in intimate partner violence in the early 1990s have provided for optimism,” Kaukinen said. “Yet, for many women and their children, violence by an intimate partner continues to be a reality.”

Kaukinen’s presentation is part of a monthlong series of events designed to draw attention to domestic violence. Other remaining events in October include:

  • Movie screening. 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, University Center Theater (Room 302). Showing of “Madea’s Family Reunion” followed by a panel discussion.
  •  Awareness Expressions Contest. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 29, Upper Lodge. Original submissions of poetry, photography, slide shows, video or other forms of expression will be displayed with the first place winner receiving an iPad paid for by student organizations. For details about submissions, please email
  • Academic speech. 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 31, University Center Room 303. Laurie Buchanan, a violence prevention educator, will present information about mandatory arrests in domestic violence cases and resulting economic hardship as well as the issue of dual arrests when law enforcement cannot determine the aggressor in a case.