Clockwise from top: PIRC members meet Vice President Joe Biden in 2011; Sharyn Potter and Jane Stapleton accept W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Regional Award in 2015; Bobby Eckstein presents his Ted Talk at TedX Piscataqua River in 2015; PIRC receives check for $25,000 AMP grant from the Entrepreneurs’ Fund of NH to Continue Development of uSafeNH in 2016; Jane Stapleton testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in 2014
PIRC designed trainings in prevention and response to violence against women for the UNH Police Department, and trained UNH PD officers to administer Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) trainings. Funded by the US Department of Justice (US DOJ), Office of Violence Against Women (OVW).
Expert Research: Violence Against Women in New Hampshire, NH Statewide Sexual Assault Survey
PIRC collaborated with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) and the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH PHS) to conduct a statewide survey on violence against women, using questions from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 1996 National Violence Against Women Survey.
PIRC built on previous collaboration with the NHCADSV and the NH PHS to conduct a statewide survey on violence against men, using questions from the CDC and the NIJ 1996 National Violence Against Women Survey.
Expert Research: Mental Health Needs of Children Planning Project
In collaboration with NHCADSV, and with funding from the New Hampshire Endowment for Health (NHEH), PIRC researchers carried out a three-year, comprehensive review of the mental health services available statewide for children exposed to domestic violence. They spoke to young adults who had been exposed to violence as children, and non-offending parents of children who had been exposed to violence, about their experiences and their mental health needs.
PIRC collaborated with NHCADSV to enhance the capacity of local domestic violence program advocates to provide effective and meaningful support to victims who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse problems. Funding came from the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention Services Act.
Expert Research: Enhancing Bystander Efficacy to Prevent Sexual Violence: Extending Primary Prevention to First-Year College Students
With funding from the CDC, PIRC researchers implemented and evaluated a bystander approach to preventing sexual violence. The study included a multi-session prevention program and a social marketing campaign, and nearly 700 people from two college campuses participated.
Expert Research: Pathways to Justice: The Movement of Adult Female Sexual Assault Cases Across the New Hampshire Criminal Justice System
PIRC researchers followed 125 sexual assault cases and 199 residential burglary cases—all crimes committed in 2008—through the New Hampshire criminal justice system from reporting to resolution. At the project's conclusion they prepared a report with recommendations for criminal justice response as well as for social work practice and research.
The CDC funded the distribution of eight Know Your Power® images across the UNH campus— including in buildings, on the UNH website, and on materials distributed for free—for six weeks in February and March
Evaluation: Intensive Case Management for Family Members of Homicide Victims
In collaboration with NHCADSV and the NH DOJ Office of Victim and Witness Assistance, PIRC researchers evaluated the state of mental health service provision for the families of homicide victims in NH over a three-year period. Funding for the assessment came from the US DOJ, Office of Victims of Crime.
Grant: Reduce Violent Crimes against Women on Campus Program
PIRC designed trainings in violence against women for the UNH Police Department, and trained UNH PD officers to administer Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) trainings. Funded by the US DOJ, OVW.
Expert Research: Intensive Case Management for Family Members of Homicide Victims
PIRC partnered with the NH DOJ, Office of Victim/Witness Assistance, and the NIJ, OVC to evaluate New Hampshire's existing service provision to the families of homicide victims (co-victims), and to identify and eliminate gaps in service provision.
Co-director Sharyn Potter was awarded funds from the United States Department of Defense to translate, administer and evaluate the Know Your Power Bystander Social Marketing Campaign on one United States Army Post in Europe (USAREUR) Post and translate, administer and evaluate the Bringing in the Bystander In-Person Prevention Program on a second USARUER Post.
PIRC members celebrate re-authorization of VAWA with Joe Biden
UNH Prevention Innovations members celebrated the reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act in 2010 with Vice President Joseph Biden at a reception at his home.
PIRC conducted an in-depth evaluation of the Stop It Now! Circles of Safety for Higher Education© program for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE) , and found that the program was effective in communicating key knowledge about childhood sexual abuse, and cultivating participants' certainty and comfort that they would be able to intervene if they believed abuse was occurring. The Paterno Family Foundation and Stop It Now! provided funding.
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) inducted PIRC into its Hall of Fame in November 2013. Lyn Schollett, executive director of the NHCADSV, said "the work that Prevention Innovations has done has been essential in creating awareness of domestic and sexual violence in our state. Not only have they drawn attention to the prevalence of the problem, they have also offered real solutions and action steps that anyone can take to work to prevent violence.”
Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 2011 Amendments to the Title IX Legislation in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter at UNH, and recognized PIRC's Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program.
Public Appearances: Jane Stapleton testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
On June 26, 2014, Jane Stapleton testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) in the session Sexual Assault on Campus: Working to Ensure Student Safety.
Honors and Recognition: PIRC tapped to contribute to the White House Task Force
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault called on PIRC to evaluate efficacy of strategies for prevention and response to sexual violence on campus. In response, PIRC published the White Paper "It's Not Just the What but the How."
PIRC Receives $1 Million Grant from the CDC to Expand Bringing in the Bystander to High Schools
PIRC’s sexual assault and relationship violence bystander prevention program, Bringing in the Bystander®, was extended to nearly 30 high schools across New England thanks to a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test the effectiveness of the programs with younger students.
“The study has the potential to contribute substantially to the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence among youth in the U.S. by adding a novel and evidence-based bystander prevention program to the repertoire of existing school-based prevention tools,” said Katie Edwards, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies.
A four-year collaborative effort between PIRC and university and college campuses across the United States, the Consortium provides members with training, prevention strategies, technical assistance and evaluation tools to assess and effectively address sexual and relationship violence and stalking in their communities.
The Evaluation Institute
With funding from the CDC, PIRC provided technical assistance to education coordinators from 14 NHCASDV crisis centers to build their capacity to evaluate their prevention strategies, independently and in collaboration with PIRC. In 2015, the project was awarded funding for another five years.
Public Events: Beyond Campus Adjudication: Improving the Criminal Justice System’s Response to Campus Sexual Assaults
PIRC partnered with the UNH School of Law, NHCADSV, the New Hampshire Women's Foundation, the NH Attorney General's Office, and the NH DOJ to convene the conference Beyond Campus Adjudication: Improving the Criminal Justice System’s Response to Campus Sexual Assaults. National and state leaders worked together at the daylong conference to find solutions to strengthen the prosecution of campus of sexual assault cases.
Expert Research: "It's Not Just the What, but the How"
At the request of the White House Task Force, PIRC published the White Paper "It's Not Just the What but the How: Informing Students about Campus Policy and Resources." The white paper examines the efficacy of different methods to deliver campus sexual misconduct policy to first-year students on a diverse group of campuses.
Expert Research: PIRC partners with STEM Discovery Lab to develop uSafeNH mobile app
PIRC partnered with the the STEM Discovery Lab at UNH Manchester to develop iOS and Android versions of uSafeNH, a mobile app designed to provide resources to survivors of sexual assault and their supporters.
Honors and Recognition: PIRC named regional winner of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities chose PIRC as one of four regional winners of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award, recognizing its community outreach initiatives dedicated to ending sexual and relationship violence and stalking.
PIRC Wins Innovator of the Year Award
Prevention Innovations Research Center received UNHInnovation's Innovator of the Year Award at the fifth annual Innovators' Dinner Oct. 1, 2015. "The objective of UNHInnovation is to move the ideas created at UNH outside the university to help make the world a better place," says Marc Sedam, associate vice provost for innovation and new ventures. "I can think of few better examples than the Prevention Innovations Research Center, so its choice as Innovator of the Year was easy. PIRC curricula, the only evidence-based violence prevention curricula in the market, are being used on more than 600 campuses to reduce relationship violence. If fully implemented, thousands upon thousands of students across the U.S. will be safer because of PIRC. If that doesn't make the world a better place I don't know what does."
The Sharon B. Murphy Scholarship is Established to Support Undergraduates in the Susan Schechter Domestic and Sexual Violence Social Justice Lab at PIRC
The Sharon B. Murphy Scholarship was established in 2015 in honor of Dr. Sharon B. Murphy upon her retirement from the Social Work Department at the University of New Hampshire. We are grateful to Dr. Sharyn Zunz, Dr. Murphy’s friend and former colleague, for this generous gift to promote the training of undergraduate and graduate students wishing to pursue research in the fields of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Dr. Murphy’s Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of domestic and sexual violence and stalking and recipients will work under the guidance of Prevention Innovations Research Center researchers in the Schechter Lab.
Susan Schechter Domestic and Sexual Violence Social Justice Laboratory Opened
In the fall, the Susan Schechter Lab—an interdisciplinary research laboratory where undergraduate and graduate students earn academic credit for their role as research assistants. The lab was formally dedicated to Susan Schechter in December.
PIRC Presents First-Ever PIRC Practitioner Award to Kathy Beebee
Kathy Beebee, executive director of HAVEN, received the first-ever PIRC Practitioner Award at the Susan Schechter Lab dedication and PIRC open house in December, 2015. The PIRC Practitioner Award was established in 2015 to honor the accomplishments of individuals in their leadership to end gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence and stalking. The award is presented to an individual who directly serves survivors, such as an advocate, a clinician, medical practitioner, law enforcement officer or attorney. The award may also be presented to someone who indirectly serves survivors or works on behalf of survivors to improve services, policies or other conditions for survivors, such as a policy maker, public official, prevention educator, or director of a local or state organization.
Public Appearances: Bobby Eckstein interviewed in the Lenny Letter
The writer-actress Lena Dunham interviewed Bobby Eckstein, lead trainer and curriculum development specialist for Bringing in the Bystander®, about bystander education and sexual assault prevention.
In May 2016 Bobby Eckstein gave a TEDx Talk on Engaging Men as Allies in Preventing Violence Against Women. Bobby showed that in order to effectively reduce rates of sexual violence, it is essential that men become more engaged in the process. He shared some relatively simple, but effective strategies to engage men in becoming stronger allies to this cause.
PIRC Receives $25,000 AMP grant from the Entrepreneurs’ Fund of NH to Continue Development of uSafeNH
Thanks to funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF), and several statewide partnerships, students, faculty and staff at 23 New Hampshire colleges and universities are getting instant access to a free mobile phone app developed by PIRC called uSafeNH. uSafeNH provides localized information that can help sexual assault survivors, as well as their friends and family.