Gender-Based Violence

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.

Research Team: Rachel Lovell (Principal Investigator), Daniel J. Flannery (Co-Principal Investigator), Misty Luminais, Duoduo (Jeff) Huang, Maggie McGuire, Joanna Klingenstein, Laura T. Overman

Learn more about the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

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.

Research Team: Jeff Kretschmar (Principal Investigator), Rebecca A. BrayAshley M. Bukach

Read more about the Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative

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.

Research Team: Rachel Lovell (Principal Investigator), Misty LuminaisMaggie McGuire

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.

Research Team: Rachel Lovell (Principal Investigator), Misty LuminaisJeff Kretschmar (Principal Investigator), Kristen M. Boyer

Learn more about our work evaluating the services and courts that serve survivors of human trafficking