Violence Prevention

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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.

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.

Principal Investigator: Rachel Lovell, PhD

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Defending Childhood Initiative

The Begun Center serves as the evaluation partner for the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI). Evaluation activities include identification of appropriate assessment instruments, analysis of screening and pre/post test data for youth receiving trauma-informed care, evaluation of training sessions held for the child-serving agencies in the area, and possible assessment of the effectiveness of a community awareness campaign.

Principal Investigator: Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

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Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention

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.

Principal Investigator: Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

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Suicide Prevention Research

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation for the Ohio Campaign for Hope Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. This initiative is a three-year youth suicide prevention campaign funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Principal Investigator: Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD

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Human Trafficking Courts Evaluation

The Begun Center provides research and evaluation services for specialized court dockets in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties that serve juvenile survivors of human trafficking, and makes recommendations for improvement.

Principal Investigators: Jeff Kretschmar, PhD; Rachel Lovell, PhD

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