Experiencing or witnessing violence can significantly impact the way we see the world. Our research helps to reduce victimization and increase treatment options for those impacted by violence, while influencing policy and practice related to violence exposure.
Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
The Begun Center is partnering with the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force on an action research project to examine untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) in Cuyahoga County. The Task Force is currently following up via investigation and prosecution on the DNA testing of nearly 5,000 previously untested kits from 1993 through 2009.
Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative
The Begun Center serves as the research and evaluation partner to Cuyahoga County and the Domestic Violence Center for the Department of Justice funded Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention (DVHP) Initiative . We work in partnership to reduce domestic violence homicides by effectively identifying potential victims and monitoring high-risk offenders. The DVHP Initiative is modeled after programs in Massachusetts and Maryland, where the use of coordinated teams of law enforcement, prosecutors, health professionals and victims’ services significantly reduced the domestic violence homicide rate.
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Victim Services Evaluation
The Begun Center assessed the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center's Victim Advocacy Program model, delivery, and outcomes between 2014-2017.
Human Trafficking Courts and Services Evaluations
The Begun Center provides research and evaluation services for the human trafficking dockets in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, and to RAHAB Ministries, all of which serve juvenile survivors of human trafficking, and makes recommendations for improvement.