Exploratory evaluation of a Domestic Violence Prevention Model (DVPM) curriculum among immigrant Hispanic women

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded

Fall 11-1-2011


Social Work

Project Description

Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, DSW Program Director and Associate Professor of Social Work, was awarded a $7,480 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities grant for her research examining immigrant Hispanic women’s experiences with a Domestic Violence Prevention Model (DVPM) curriculum in a 12-week Spanish speaking psycho-education empowerment group.

In May of 2012, Marrs Fuschel was also awarded a second $7,280 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities grant to support the second phase of this project. Women who are 18 years or older, speak Spanish and who are parents will be recruited for the research project. The participants will learn about healthy dating and relationships, self-esteem, nature of domestic violence, and how cultural concepts influence their understanding of domestic violence.

After the data has been analyzed from the first group, the curriculum will be modified to meet the needs of participants better and a second group will begin. Community-based participatory research (CBPR), a framework that encompasses working collaboratively with agencies to help them meet the needs of clients, is the framework that will be used. The goal of the research project is to empower women to make choices, increase their self-esteem, and learn about resources.

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