By Alicia Landon and Jenny Wells-Hosley
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Two University of Kentucky research projects have been selected to receive funding from the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW).
The minigrant program, “Advancing Research Regarding Violence Against Women,” is designed to stimulate innovative research with the potential to improve the lives of those affected by violence against women, or to prevent such violence.
One project is “Firearm Regulations and Gun Violence against Women in the U.S.,” led by Janet Stamatel, associate professor in the UK Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. This project will analyze public data to examine the use of firearms in the perpetration of violence against women across four different crime types to provide a comprehensive picture of the conditions under which firearm violence against women occurs.
“Women in the U.S. are 25 times more likely than women in other highly developed countries to be killed with firearms and the majority of gun violence against women, both lethal and non-lethal, is perpetrated by someone known to the victims,” Stamatel said. “The U.S. has firearm regulations specifically designed to protect women against gun violence in their private lives, but we know very little about how well these laws or other gun control measures work to reduce violence against women. I’m grateful to the CRVAW and my mentor on this project, Dr. Claire Renzetti, for supporting research on this important public safety issue."
UK assistant or early associate-level faculty were eligible to apply for the funding, with preference given to projects well-positioned to increase research productivity in the form of grant or manuscript submissions. The CRVAW executive committee selected these two projects for funding at $10,000 each, beginning Oct. 15, 2020, for 18 months. The minigrant project is an outgrowth of the support the UK Office of the President has provided for researching this issue on campus.
For more information, go to www.uky.edu/crvaw/.
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