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

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

 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.

You can access the entire research report by clicking the infographic below.


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

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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