Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response on College and University Campuses: Opportunities for Faculty Leadership

Laurie M. Graham, Annelise Mennicke, Cynthia F. Rizo, Leila Wood, Cecilia W. Mengo

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Over the past decade, considerable and increasing attention has been paid to the high prevalence of sexual and intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment (i.e., interpersonal violence) on college and university campuses. Consequences of these victimizations are vast and long-lasting. Given the potential impact of dynamic changes in federal guidance on how to address interpersonal violence on campuses, it is even more critical for faculty from many different disciplines focused on anti-violence research and practice to be involved in efforts to intervene with and prevent such violence. In this commentary, we outline opportunities for faculty leadership in the areas of research, teaching, and service based on available research in these areas as well as our collective experiences as members of academia (e.g., students, former students, faculty) and former intimate partner violence and sexual assault service providers. Additionally, we discuss challenges that may arise for faculty (e.g., fixed-term faculty, adjunct faculty, pre-tenure assistant professors, tenured professors) taking on such leadership opportunities, such as increased workload and emotional labor, and make recommendations to help mitigate these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Campus sexual assault
  • College
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Sexual violence
  • Title IX
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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