Victim researchers and practitioners working together can increase the understanding of crime victims’ needs and how programs can improve. Researcher-practitioner partnerships can create meaningful, practical research questions.
If you are not ready to start a collaboration with victim researchers, reading reports from existing collaborations can provide insight into how others approached their collaboration and the resources and time they needed for a successful collaboration. Also, these research-to-practice findings may still be useful for your own program, your outreach, your funding proposals.
Watch the tutorial below to learn how to find reports from researcher-practitioner collaborations in the Center for Victim Research Library:
Other Practitioner Directories
There are many national, state, and local level directories of victim services that can help researchers locate a practitioner partner. Here are a few:
General victim service providers:
The Office for Victims of Crime provides links to state directories of victim services through their national map.
Victim service providers focused on violence against women:
The Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, provides a resource map of victim and survivor services.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has a coalition directory of state sexual assault and sexual assault/domestic violence coalitions.
NSVRC also maintains a directory of services for victims and survivors can be searched by state or national level or by type of service.
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center lists the tribal coalitions working to address violence against women.
Children’s advocacy centers:
The National Children’s Alliance website can direct you to a member children’s advocacy center by zip code.
Research is improved when victim researchers and practitioners—including service providers—work together. Practitioners benefit from expert guidance and resources during the research process, while researchers benefit from a clearer understanding of community needs, the services being offered, and the goals of the program.
Research can be further strengthened when steps are taken to include members of the community in the research process. Participatory or inclusionary research may take additional time but can be an important step for the findings to eventually influence policy and practice.
Successful research and practice collaborations take time, effort, and resources to develop. Materials collected here can get you started.
The first step in collaboration is finding a partner to work with. Whether you’re new to the victim services field or just starting to think about research and evaluation, the Center for Victim Research is here to support your search.
Learn how to select a partner and build successful collaborations by visiting our “Working Together” Tools & Training page. There you’ll find resources such as tips for Building Successful Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations, Quick References to Finding a Research Partner and MOU for Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations, webinars on researcher-practitioner partnerships, and more.
Next, learn about the experiences of those who have built researcher-practitioner partnerships, including those featured as part of our Podcasts and those who have worked in Collaborations Supported by CVR.
Then, use the directories below to find a service provider or a victim researcher in your state.
CVR welcomes researchers of all levels to join our directory of researchers. Researchers that would like to be included in our directory are invited to register.
CVR provides this directory as a public service and does not endorse any individual researcher.
CVR supports two types of researcher-practitioner collaborations: interagency VOCA-SAC Partnerships and Research-to-Practice Fellowships.