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Welcome to the webpage of the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory!

The research we conduct focuses on interpersonal violence, primarily sexual assault and intimate partner violence among adolescents and young adults.

The specific topics we research in the lab include:

  • Understanding risk and protective factors for sexual assault and intimate partner violence perpetration, victimization, and bystander intervention.
  • The process of leaving an abusive relationship and how this process intersects with disclosure of abusive experiences, social reactions to disclosure, and psychosocial recovery.
  • Participants' reactions to partaking in research studies that inquires about experiences with interpersonal violence.

We use the findings from the research we conduct to develop, implement, and evaluate prevention, intervention, and policy efforts. The ultimate goal of the work conducted in the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory is to contribute to the reduction, if not elimination, of interpersonal violence from our communities and promote recovery among survivors of interpersonal victimization.

Another goal of the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory is to train students in methodologically rigorous approaches to studying interpersonal violence and providing students with the knowledge and skills to translate this research into meaningful intervention, prevention, and policy efforts. Student members of the lab are given the opportunity to be involved in all phases of the research including study conceptualization and design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of research findings. There are a number of opportunities for students and community members to become involved in the work of the lab. For more information please contact Dr. Edwards.

We invite you to learn more about who we are on the "Members" tab and more about current and recent work on the "Current Research" and "Publications" tabs of this website.

If you are interested in being a Research Assistant in the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory, please complete this application and email it to Dr. Katie Edwards at katie.edwards@unh.edu.