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 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 School of Social Work and the School of Law.

Research Spotlight

Human Trafficking by the Numbers

The Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas, launched in 2014 with support from the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Texas Governor, found that there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas. This statewide research, conducted in collaboration with the Bureau of Business Research at the IC2 Institute at UT Austin, and Allies Against Slavery, quantifies the prevalence and economic impact of human trafficking across the state of Texas. Read more about this research in the official press release.

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Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence and Economic Impact for Texas


Previous Research Spotlights

Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) Cohort Study

As part of the Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) project, IDVSA will be launching the four-year CLASE Cohort study in November 2016. The aim is to learn more about students’ experiences with sexual harassment, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and unwanted sexual contact throughout their college tenure. The Cohort Study is one of the most innovative aspects of CLASE. It will involve 1200 freshman students that volunteer to participate over their college careers. Research activities will include a web-based repeated measure administered once per semester from Fall 2016 to Spring 2020. The longitudinal nature of the Cohort Study will provide a clearer understanding of trends in students’ experiences over time, and of the long-term effects of victimization on student well-being, mental health, and academic success.

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Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault

The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault is a partnership between researchers and the UT System Office of Director of Police that intends to fill gaps in current research and identify best practices in campus police response to sexual assault. The Blueprint is a multi-level approach to the complex problem of campus sexual assault (CSA) that builds upon the existing body of knowledge and recognizes the need for identifying emerging best practices. The guidance developed for campus police is empirically driven through in-depth interviews, field observations, and a thorough review of the policies and practices pertaining to CSA. This resource is intended to serve as a guide or toolkit for police at all levels (chief executives, investigation, and patrol) in response to sexual assault crimes with the implementation of victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches. In this way, the Blueprint replaces “tradition with science”.

The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault
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