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Completed research projects

Evaluating a domestic violence court in rural Minnesota

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Molly Driessen (graduate research assistant), and staff from Pearl Crisis Center

Funder
University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

Project period
10/1/2019–09/30/2021

Objectives

  • Create a survey and analyze descriptive information and evidence of change.
  • Use findings as a basis for recommendations to practice, policy and future research.

Project publications
Renner, L.M., & Driessen, M.C. (2021). Intimate partner violence & domestic violence courts (Part 1). Online module available through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota.

Renner, L.M., & Driessen, M.C. (2021). Intimate partner violence & domestic violence courts (Part 2). Online module available through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota.


Coordinated care for IPV survivors through the M Health community network

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Cari J. Clark (co-PI; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health), Mary Logeais, (co-I; University of Minnesota, Department of Medicine)

Funder
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health

Project period
08/15/2015–07/31/2019

Objectives

  • Train University of Minnesota Clinic and Surgery Center (CSC) providers on IPV identification, consequences, and culturally-competent prevention and intervention approaches.
  • Routinize evidence-based IPV screening within the CSC clinics.
  • Operationalize and standardize documentation and communication across healthcare providers and network of IPV affiliates.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Network project on healthcare utilization.

Project publications

  • Renner, L.M., Wang, Q., Logeais, M.E., & Clark, C.J. (2021). Health care providers’ readiness to identify and respond to intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(19-20), 9507-9534.
  • Clark, C.J. Renner, L.M., Wang, Q., Flowers, N.I., Morrow, G., & Logeais, M.E. (2021). A systemic intimate partner violence intervention to identify and support survivors in a multi-specialty health system. BMC Research Notes, 14, 344.
  • Jackson, E.C., Renner, L.M., Flowers, N.I., Logeais, M.E., & Clark, C.J. (2020). Process evaluation of a systemic intervention to identify and support partner violence survivors in a large multi-specialty health system. BMC Health Services Research, 20, 996.
  • Clark, C.J., Renner, L.M., & Logeais, M.E. (2020). Intimate partner violence screening and referral practices in an outpatient care setting. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(23-24), 5877-5888.
  • Clark, C.J., Wetzel, M., Renner, L.M., & Logeais, M. (2019). Linking partner violence survivors to supportive services: Impact of the M Health Community Network Project on healthcare utilization. BMC Health Services Research, 19, 479.
  • Logeais, M.E., Wang, Q., Renner, L.M., & Clark, C.J. (2019, October). A novel measure of health care utilization among intimate partner violence survivors in primary care. medRxiv. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1101/19007377

Finding cost-effective ways to reduce truancy and crime: An evaluation of the Ramsey County Truancy Intervention Programs

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Clea McNeely (co-PI; University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Won Lee (graduate research assistant), Besu Alemu (graduate research assistant)

Funder
National Institute of Justice

Project period
01/01/2015–12/31/2018

Objectives

  • Conduct a longitudinal individual-level outcome study of children in grades K-12 who participated in Student Attendance Matters (SAM) between 2004 and 2015.
  • Determine whether implementation of the SAM program demonstrates high economic benefits relative to costs.

Project publications

  • Lee, W.F., McNeely, C.A., Rosenbaum, J.E., Alemu, B, & Renner, L.M. (2020). Can court diversion improve school attendance among elementary students? Evidence from five school districts. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 13(4), 625-651.
  • McNeely, C., Lee, W.F., Rosenbaum, J.E., Alemu, B., & Renner, L.M. (2019). Long-term effects of truancy diversion on school attendance: A quasi-experimental study with linked administrative data. Prevention Science, 20(7), 996-1008.

Exploring mental and behavioral health outcomes among children exposed to intimate partner violence

Team
Lynette M. Renner (University PI), Angela Lewis-Dmello (Community PI, Domestic Abuse Project)

Funder
University of Minnesota, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Project period
07/01/2014–06/30/2016

Objective

  • Investigate how exposure to a 12-week parent and child psychoeducational intervention changes children’s mental and behavioral health, the quality of the parent-child relationship and women’s perceptions of parenting.

Project publications

  • Renner, L.M., Driessen, M.C., & Lewis-Dmello, A. (in press). An evaluation of a parent group for survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence.
  • Renner, L.M., Driessen, M.C., & Lewis-Dmello, A. (2020). A pilot study evaluation of a parent group for survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 35(2), 203-215.

The longer-term effects of civil legal services on battered women

Team
Carolyn Copps Hartley (PI; University of Iowa) and Lynette M. Renner (co-PI)

Funder
National Institute of Justice

Project period
01/01/2011–03/30/2016

Objectives

  • Examine longer-term outcomes (safety, psychological well-being, and economic self-sufficiency) of women who have experienced IPV and are receiving civil legal services.

Project publications

  • Renner, L.M., & Hartley, C.C. (in press). Women’s perceptions of the helpfulness of strategies for coping with intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence.
  • Renner, L.M., Hartley, C.C., & Driessen, M.C. (2021). Provider, caretaker, nurturer, hero: Perceptions of parenting changes among women who experienced intimate partner violence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(9), 2191-2203.
  • Teufel, J., Renner, L.M., Gallo, M., & Hartley, C.C. (2021). Income and poverty status among women experiencing intimate partner violence: A positive social return on investment from legal aid services. Law & Society Review, 55(3), 405-428.
  • Renner, L.M., & Hartley, C.C. (2021). Psychological well-being among women who have experienced intimate partner violence and received civil legal services. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(7-8) 3688-3709.
  • Hartley, C.C., & Renner, L.M. (2018). Economic self-sufficiency among women who experienced intimate partner violence and received civil legal services. Journal of Family Violence, 33(7), 435-445.

Siblings of children who have been maltreated: An examination of developmental outcomes and child welfare practice

PI
Lynette M. Renner

Funder
University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

Project period
10/1/2014–09/30/2017

Objectives

  • Determine the policies of Minnesota counties with respect to the identification of siblings and the inclusion of siblings in family assessments.
  • Explore how siblings are included in family assessments and the extent that services are provided to the siblings of a child who is maltreated.
  • Explore how IPV is included in family assessments and the extent that services are provided to children exposed to IPV.
  • Explore differential education and health outcomes for children who are maltreated, siblings of children who are maltreated, and children exposed to IPV.

Project publications

  • Renner, L.M., & Driessen, M.C. (2019). Siblings who are exposed to child maltreatment: Practices reported by county children’s services supervisors. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 13(5), 491-511.