Center for Research on Violence Against Women

Fostering Research to End Violence Against Women

President Eli Capilouto writes about UK’s campus climate survey and its importance to everyone on campus. Click here for post via UKnow.


Bush Appointed Kate Spade & Co. Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women.

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Dr. Claire Renzetti delivers a talk for SAGE Publications on Capitol Hill titled, “Stories of Research to Reality: How the Social Sciences Change the World.” Click here to see the talk.


Dr. Charles Carlson honored for teaching, research, and service by the university. Click here to read the story.


Click here to see the Center’s director featured on UK's Research Challenge Trust Fund’s “Focus on Faculty”



Click here to watch a video introducing the Center's faculty and their research projects.


Click here to open an informational flyer about the Center.



The Center’s Mission
Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the Center for Research on Violence Against Women conduct and disseminate research to improve the quality of life of those affected by forms of violence that disproportionately involve women with the ultimate goal of preventing such violence.



The Center’s Background
The Center for Research on Violence Against Women was created by the UK Board of Trustees on February 10, 2003. The idea for this novel academic research center had come from a partnership between Governor Paul E. Patton and President Lee T. Todd, Jr., which resulted in the creation of a university-based research center that would facilitate the transfer of research to the practice field. For the University of Kentucky, the proposal met its priority of advancing research in the risk-related social sciences. In its conceptualization phase, no replica of the model envisioned in this early partnership was found anywhere across the country. This gave the University of Kentucky both the difficult challenge and the extraordinary opportunity to be ground-breaking. The Center for Research on Violence Against Women was established under the Vice President for Research at UK in recognition of the desire to create a strong interdisciplinary research and education agenda.

As an academic area of study, the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and their attendant risks present complex challenges. These cannot be completely addressed without a cross-discipline, content-specific approach which integrates practice, theory, and research. The Center for Research on Violence Against Women is designed to afford such an opportunity. Thus, the Center has worked for over a decade to strengthen the research infrastructure at the University to promote scientific exploration in the violence against women area. To accomplish that aim, the Center has brought in federally funded grants; on-campus research projects; offered consultation to faculty in the preparation of research grants; facilitated access to data sets; and engaged in other initiatives to support the research interests faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Contact the Center

151 Washington Avenue
Bowman Hall, Room 151
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0059