The research of the Intimate Partner Violence Laboratory focuses on individuals’ experiences with, and system responses to, intimate partner violence (IPV). The work has examined healthcare system identification of and response to patient experience with IPV; IPV survivor experiences with criminal legal system intervention; health and social impacts of IPV experience; IPV survivor engagement in social services, social relationships, and advocacy; and IPV experiences of women military veterans. A particular focus has been on identifying and meeting the health and psychosocial needs of women military veterans and of gender and sexual minority populations. The laboratory has expertise in primary data collection, mixed methods, qualitative research methods and community-engaged research.


Melissa Dichter

Associate Professor
Social Work
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