UNH Speakers Bureau

Who Will Help? Engaging Community in Violence Prevention

 

Program Description:

Interpersonal violence is a well documented problem for communities including schools and college campuses. A recent innovation in prevention (for bullying, sexual violence, dating violence) is teaching bystanders to find safe and helpful ways to take action. This presentation reviews the arguments for taking a broader approach to violence prevention, one that goes beyond training individuals to thinking about changing communities. Data from several studies of prevention program effectiveness can be shared as evidence for this approach.


Speaker:

Victoria Banyard

Victoria Banyard is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire with affiliations in Justice Studies and Prevention Innovations. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan with a certificate in Women's Studies. She completed an NIMH research postdoctoral fellowship with the Family Research Laboratory here at UNH and postdoctoral clinical training at the Trauma Center in Boston. She teaches courses in community psychology, interpersonal violence, and service learning courses such as internship. Her research has focused on understanding the strengths and challenges of women facing stresses such as poverty and family violence. She has documented the negative mental health effects of such circumstances as well as the resilience that trauma survivors and others experiencing overwhelming stressors evidence. She has been the principal investigator on several grants to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative campus sexual assault prevention tools. She speaks regularly on the problems of sexual and relationship abuse for communities and prevention strategies to address them.

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