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Richard Barth, PhD


University of Maryland

Patricia Kohl, PhD

Associate Professor

Washington University

Shanti Kulkarni, PhD


UNC Charlotte

Jill Messing, PhD


Arizona State University


Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, PhD

The Ohio State University

Megan Holmes, PhD

Case Western Reserve University

Todd Herrenkohl, PhD

University of Michigan

Samuel Aymer, PhD

Hunter College - CUNY

Dexter Voisin, PhD

University of Toronto


Over the past five years, members of Build Healthy Relationships to End Violence

network and their colleagues have:

• Published two working papers on ending

gender-based violence and reducing child


• Convened over 200 practitioners, researchers,

and advocates at Arizona State University for

a conference on Promoting Just and Effective

Solutions to End Gender Based Violence

• Worked with the Jim Casey Initiative to

identify gaps in child welfare research and

early intervention work

• Hosted a one-and-a-half-day workshop at

Washington University in St. Louis which

included a systems dynamics analysis exercise

related to mainstreaming gender

• Secured a $6.5 million grant from the

National Institutes of Health to create The

Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment

Policy, Research and Training (CICM) at

Washington University in St. Louis as well as

a $1 million grant from the National Institute

of Justice to study intimate partner violence

among youth at the University of Washington

• Contributed to a special issue of the journal

Social Work on "Mainstreaming Gender in the

Grand Challenges"

• Delivered two webinars on the implications of

COVID -19 for children and families

• Contributed to the development of myPlan,

an online tool designed to help students who

may be experiencing dating violence evaluate

their safety, make decisions, and connect to

campus and community services

• Directed the AmeriCorps Survivor Link

Program at Arizona State University, where

members have engaged in over 186,000 hours

of service across 70 community partner sites,

earned $1,190,000 in scholarship funding, and

implemented 961 risk-informed safety plans

with domestic violence survivors

• Evaluated an anti-human trafficking initiative

in Colorado (Innovate Colorado)

• Participated in ongoing research projects -

DataSMART and SURROUND - at the Center

for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy,

Research, and Training


Over the next five years, the network

to Build Healthy Relationships to End

Violence will focus their work to:

1. Scientifically ground the Grand Challenge

to inform future research and support other

Grand Challenge goals

2. Advance the field's understanding that

healthy relationships are a major factor in

ending multiple forms of violence

3. Develop a toolkit for researchers and

practitioners with relevant healthy

relationship definitions and interventions

4. Position themselves to approach funders

to support research, policy development,

and practice

5. Better prepare social workers (practitioners,

students, educators, policymakers, researchers,

advocates) to promote healthy relationships

and intervene in violence across practice

areas and social ecological levels

6. Provide a forum to discuss the re-visioning of

systems that bridges research to practice and

practice to research

In addition, they intend to:

• Continue to advocate for their policy


1. Increase federal funding for prevention

and intervention activities, including

efforts to reduce the structural

inequalities that perpetuate genderbased violence (GBV)

2. Increase research funding for evidencebased interventions that strengthen and

enhance safety in families victimized

through abuse and violence

3. Link data systems to identify

opportunities for preventive services

• Collaborate with other Grand Challenges

around mainstreaming gender and developing

approaches to violence prevention that are

less carceral and more relationship-based

(e.g. Promote Smart Decarceration)

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