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Oliver Williams

Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.S.W., Western Michigan University
M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh

School of Social Work
Rm 105 PetersH
1404 Gortner Ave
Tel: 612/624-9217

Areas of Interest

Creating Effective Service Delivery Strategies That Will Reduce Violence Among African Americans Ethnically Sensitive Practice, Fatherhood

Research Interests

  • Conducting community-based research on issues and barriers that inhibit the reduction of family and community violence among African Americans.
  • Conducting research on change, recovery and transformation of men who batter.
  • Examining issues associated with the intersection between parenting/fatherhood and domestic violence issues.

Book Chapters

Williams, O.J. (2002). Developing the capacity to address social context
    issues: Group treatment with African American men who batter. In A.
    Mullender & M. Cohen. (Eds.), Gender and group work. Thousand
    Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Donnelly, D., Smith, L. & Williams, O.J. (2002) Batterer's education
    curriculum for African American men. In E. Aldorando & F. Mederos.
    (Eds.), Programs for men who batter. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research

See, L.A., Oliver, W., & Williams, O.J. (2002). Domestic violence in African American families. In L. Rapp-Paglicci, et al. (Eds.), A handbook of violence. New York, NY: John Wiley Publishers.

Williams, O.J., Boggess,J. & Carter, J. (2001). Fatherhood and domestic
    violence: Exploring the role of men who batter in the lives of their
    children. In J. Edleson & S. Graham-Berman. (Eds.), Washington, DC:
    American Psychological Association.

Bennett, L.B. & Williams, O.J. (2001). A review of research on batterers
    treatment. In R. Kennedy-Bergen & J. Edleson (Eds.), Overview of
    domestic violence
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Selected Publications

  1. Roger, B., McGee, G., Vann, A., Thompson, N., & Williams, O.J. (2003). Program development: The integration of substance abuse and domestic violence programs for women. Violence Against Women Journal. 9 (5), 590-598.

  2. Bennett, L.B., & Williams, O.J. (2003). Substance abuse and men who batter: Issues in theory and practice. Violence Against Women Journal. 9 (5), 558-575.

  3. Gondolf, E., & Williams, O.J. (2001). Culturally focused batterer counseling for African American men. Truama, Violence and Abuse. 2 (4), 283-295.

  4. Williams, O. J., & Griffin, L. W. (1996). Elder maltreatment and cultural diversity: When laws are not enough. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, 4 (2), 1-13.

  5. Williams, O. J. (1995). Treatment for African American men who batter. CURA Report, 25 (3), 6-10.

  6. Williams, O. J., & Becker, L. R. (1994). Partner abuse programs and cultural competence: The results of a national study. Violence and Victims, 9 (3), 287-295.

  7. Williams, O. J. (1994). Group work with African American men who batter: Toward more ethnically sensitive practice. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 25 (1), 91-103.

  8. Moon, A., & Williams, O. J. (1993). Perceptions of abuse and help- seeking behavior of African American, Korean, and white aged. The Gerontologist, 33 (3), 386-394.

  9. Williams, O. J. (1993). Developing an African American perspective to reduce spouse abuse: Considerations for community action. The Caucus: The Journal of the National Association of Black Social Work, 1 (2), 1-7.

  10. Griffin, L. W., & Williams, O. J. (1992). Abuse among African American elderly. Journal of Family Violence, 7 (1), 19-35.

  11. Williams, O. J. (1992). Ethnically sensitive practice in enhancing treatment participation of the African American man who batters. Families & Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 73 (10), 588-595.

  12. Williams, O. J., & Griffin, L. W. (1991). Elder abuse in the black family. In R. L. Hampton (Ed.), Black family violence: Current research and theory (pp. 117-127). Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

  13. Williams, O. J. (1990). The interaction of social learning and attribution &on spouse abuse. Health and Social Policy, 1 (2), 91-107.