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Conference Report - Proposed Next Steps

The following are general recommendations for next steps for practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and representatives from state agencies to engage in discussion about research on sexual assault and domestic violence in Maine:

  • Organize another conference to extend the conversation.
  • Focus future conference sessions on subpopulations (e.g., children, elderly, Native population) and/or on more narrow topics (e.g., rural issues, abuse in nursing homes, workplace violence, human trafficking).
  • Use morning sessions for brainstorming, and facilitate afternoon sessions with the aim of consensus building around specific (research) goals.
  • Intentionally cluster participants to involve all systems in break-out discussions: police, victim services, district attorney, batterers’ intervention program personnel.
  • Invite and facilitate a small group to develop “standard” definitions (accountability, success, effectiveness, recidivism).
  • Continue to focus on research priorities.
  • Showcase Maine research.
  • Determine what data are currently collected and what surveys are regularly administered.http://www.state.me.us/dps/cim/crime_in_maine/2003pdf/023violent.pdf, retrieved 7/20/2006.

    Domestic violence project serving Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties.

    Ridley, E. (2004). Impact of domestic offenders on occupational safety & health: A pilot study. Maine Department of Labor; Family Crisis Services.

    Miller, T.R., Cohen, M.A., & Wiersema, B. (1996). Victim costs and consequences: A new look. U.S. Department of Justice: National Institute of Justice.

    Walby, S. (2004). The cost of domestic violence. Women & Equality Unit; Department of Trade and Industry.

    The term “psycho-education” refers to an approach to education of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems.

    See Recidivism of sex offenders (2001), available at http://www.csom.org/pubs/recidsexof.pdf.

    See http://restoreprogram.publichealth.arizona.edu/research/default.htm

    E.g., Marilyn Armour’s research project http://www.utexas.edu/research/cswr/projects/pj0199.html.

    The following resource page features a compilation of publicly-accessible online national data sets on violence against women, http://www.vawnet.org/DomesticViolence/Research/OtherPubs/VAWDataSets.php; see also Kruttschnitt et al, 2004, pp. 36-46.

    This observation and discussion at the conference is echoed in Wolfe & Jaffe (2003).

    As if intentional in the conference design, the topics, issues, and needs that emerged from the November 18, 2005 conference are consistent with the federal research agenda on violence against women (see Kruttschnitt, McLaughlin, & Petrie, 2004).

    The National Policy Summit on Elder Abuse drafted a call to action (2002) that delineates the need for research and data collection on alder abuse prevalence (see http://www.elderabusecenter.org/pdf/agenda/agenda2002.pdf).


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