The Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) is the only research institute in the nation that approaches  research about interpersonal violence from a multi-disciplinary focus.

IDVSA is a collaboration of partners from The University of Texas at Austin – the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, School of Law, and School of Nursing, and the Bureau of Business Research.  IDVSA’s Director and Principal Investigator is Noël Busch-Armendariz. Deputy Director is Margaret Bassett.

IDVSA is supported through generous contributions from the RGK Foundation, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the Shield-Ayres Foundation, and The University of Texas Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the School of Law.

Research Spotlights

Report on Child Sex Trafficking in Texas 

This report describes the findings of a study of child sex trafficking in 3 regions in Texas. Researchers with IDVSA and the Bureau of Business Research at the IC2 Institute investigated the pathways to childhood sex trafficking, risks of victimization, and interactions with social services, among many other factors.


The VOICE Survey

The VOICE Survey (Victim Services Occupation, Information, & Compensation Experiences Survey) examines the experiences of people working in the fields of intimate partner violence and sexual assault services. This survey measured occupational stress, and gathered perceptions of positions and organizations as well as suggestions for improving job satisfaction. Specifically, the survey asked questions to understand turnover intention, job satisfaction, resiliency, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. This project was conducted by IDVSA in collaboration with state and community partners and funded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.

Check out the Summary of Findings. 


The CORSA Project 

The CORSA project aims to provide training opportunities for system responders across various disciplines in the field of sexual assault, to promote multi-disciplinary dialogue, and enhance trauma informed practices.

This innovative project centers on decision case training methods to promote and enhance discussion between sexual assault victim service providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors.

Learn more!

CLASE Survey Report External Review

The Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) project was reviewed by external reviewers, Drs. Sarah L. Cook & Kevin M. Swartout of the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative at Georgia State University. They evaluated the report on the basis of three criteria:  whether, it met scientific standards, the findings were consistent with the methods, and the study answered critical questions for institutions of higher education.

You can read the review here:
CLASE External Review 


Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE):

An Empirical Study of Prevalence and Perceptions of Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Dating/Domestic Abuse and Violence, and Unwanted Sexual Contact
You can access each report by clicking the links below.

The Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) project was launched in Fall 2015 with support from The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Surveys were conducted to learn about students’ experiences with sexual harassment, stalking, dating/domestic abuse and violence, and unwanted sexual contact since enrollment, and examine students’ perceptions of institutional response and safety on campus.

Each report presents the findings, the programs and services available to students, and strategic next steps. Additional information about the reports can be found on the UT System website here.


Academic Report (Aggregated)

Health Report (Aggregated)

UT Arlington

UT Austin

UT Dallas

UT El Paso

UT Permian Basin

UT Rio Grande Valley

UT San Antonio

UT Tyler

Research Methods

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