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Identifying the Scope of Violence Against College Women

In “Violence Against College Women: A Review to Identify Limitations in Defining the Problem and Inform Future Research,” Lynn Addington and co-author Callie Marie Rennison review the limitations in current studies of violence against college women particularly in the ways in which violence is defined and operationalized.

This study suggests college women are exposed to a variety of risks regarding violence that often are overlooked in most research. This work appears in Trauma, Violence and Abuse.

Examining Crime in Gated and Non-Gated Communities

The study “Keeping the Barbarians outside the Gate?: Comparing Burglary Victimization in Gated and Non-Gated Communities” by Lynn Addington and co-author Callie Marie Rennison confirms that households in gated communities experience fewer burglaries than their non-gated counterparts, but it identifies possible unintended costs of living in gated communities.

This research also emphasized diversity within gated communities, in contrast to common perceptions that the areas are “affluent enclaves.” It appears in Justice Quarterly.

Recent Articles & Papers

Addington, L. A. and Perumean-Chaney, S. (2014). “Intimate Partner Violence: What Separates the Men from the Women for Victimizations Reported to Police,” Homicide Studies, 18, pp. 196-219


Lynch, J. P. and Addington, L. A. (Forthcoming). “Crime Trends and the Elasticity of Evil: Has a Broadening View of Violence Affected Our Statistical Indicators?” Crime & Justice, 44


Johnson, R., McGunigall-Smith, S., Miller, C., and Rose, A. (2014). “Autonomy in Extremis: An Intelligent Waiver of Appeals on Death Row,” American Journal of Criminal Justice, 39(4), pp. 787-807


Johnson, R. (2014). “Reflections on the Death Penalty: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Dehumanization in the Death House,” Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 13(2), pp. 582-598


Johnson, R., Kanewske, L. C., and Barak, M. (2014). “Death Row Confinement and the Meaning of Last Words,” Laws, 3, pp. 141-152


Johnson, R. (2014). “Time on the Cross: A Meditation on Lethal Injection,” Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 13(1), pp. 103-111


Klusmeyer, D. (2014). “Law, Narrative & Politics in a Jewish Key: Hannah Arendt & Robert M. Cover in Comparative Perspective,” Law and Humanities, 8(2), pp. 217-246


Savage, J. (2014). “The Association between Attachment, Parental Bonds and Physically Aggressive and Violent Behavior: A Comprehensive Review,” Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19(2), pp. 164-178


Savage, J., Palmer, J. E., and Brooks- Martin, A. (2014). “Intergenerational transmission: Physical abuse and violent vs. nonviolent criminal outcomes,” Journal of Family Violence, 29(7), pp. 739-748