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Current research projects

Evaluating a domestic violence court
in rural Minnesota

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Molly Driessen (Research Assistant), and staff from Pearl Crisis Center

Funder
University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

Project period
10/1/2019–09/30/2021

Objectives

  • Review and document the current procedures for the Mille Lacs County DVC.
  • Analyze existing DVC measures for descriptive information and evidence of change.
  • Expand current data collection activities to include more process-oriented data on the DVC and outcome measures for offenders and victims.
  • Use findings as a basis for recommendations to practice, policy and future research.

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;
  • Expand current data collection activities to include more process-oriented data on the DVC and outcome measures for offenders and victims.
  • Operationalize and standardize documentation and communication across healthcare providers and network of IPV affiliates
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Network project on IPV-related outcomes for women, including, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, substance use and physical health, along with a decrease in re-victimization and emergency room and hospital utilization.

Project publications

Renner, L.M., Wang, Q, Logeais, M.E., & Clark, C.J. (under review). Health care providers’ readiness to identify and respond to intimate partner violence.

Clark, C.J., Wetzel, M., Renner, L.M., & Logeais, M.E. (under review). Linking partner violence survivors to supportive services: Impact of the M Health Community Network Project on healthcare utilization.

Clark, C.J., Renner, L.M., & Logeais, M.E. (in press, August 2017). Intimate partner violence screening and referral practices in an outpatient care setting. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.