“Back to the Future”: new ways of studying and responding to violence against women

Stream: Considering Context: how should we adapt methodologies and intervention strategies for different jurisdictions, communities and countries?
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Time: 10.15 am – 11.45 am


Although empirical and policy work on violence against women has advanced considerably over the past 40 years, scholars, practitioners and activists in the field continue to face many challenges, especially those generated by anti-feminists. The main objective of this presentation is to suggest means of effectively dealing with attempts to marginalize feminist scholarship and intervention strategies. The approaches suggested include revisiting some major contributions from the past, including broad and gender-specific definitions, local community surveys, and multiple measures of successful intervention outcomes. Special attention is also devoted to the importance of responding to pornography and to working with men.


Walter DeKeseredy (Presenter), Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University
Walter S. DeKeseredy has published 19 books and over 160 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' Section on Critical Criminal Justice.