Centering Equity for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: The Impact of Structural Racism & the Criminal Legal Response

November 18, 2021 @ 12:00–1:00 pm



About the Talk

Dr. Michele Decker and Dr. Charvonne Holliday will discuss highlights from a portfolio of mixed-methods research on the influence of structural racism and gender discrimination on safety and response strategies among intimate partner violence survivors, with a focus on historical contexts of abuse, survivors’ engagement with and preferences for justice systems, and the role of housing in achieving survivor safety and stability.

About the Speakers

Dr. Michele Decker, ScD, MPH, is a Bloomberg Professor of American Health in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She leads the Women’s Health & Rights program in the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. A social epidemiologist and behavioral scientist by training, Dr. Decker brings longstanding expertise in gender-based violence and its epidemiology, social determinants, impact, prevention and response. She has led mixed-methods and implementation research with support from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDEAS42, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, and in collaboration with community practitioner partners and state and local health departments. She is @michelerdecker on Twitter.

Dr. Charvonne Holliday is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Holliday’s research focuses on achieving equity in women’s health by understanding and addressing social and structural determinants of intimate partner violence (IPV) and reproductive coercion (RC) and related racial and ethnic disparities. Dr. Holliday’s research examines the impact of risk factors like structural racism and gender-based discrimination on the health and stability of IPV/RC survivors and women’s risk of experiencing violence; evaluates IPV intervention programming for urban men through multidisciplinary collaboration, and assesses men’s use of RC in their intimate relationships. Dr. Holliday’s work engages both survivors and people who use violence against intimate partners to maximize the full benefit of violence prevention and intervention strategies. She is @CharvonneH on Twitter.