Oct 17 19

Newsletters For Timely Victim Research

Laura Puls

Newsletters can deliver timely articles from a broad range of sources and provide unique commentary on issues relevant to victim services professionals. Newsletters can help you stay in the loop on the latest studies and research trends and on the evolving conversations and thoughts of your colleagues. Below are newsletters that frequently include victim research, including resources related to child abuse, elder abuse, sexual violence, gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, criminal justice, community engagement, and social and health services.

If you see an article mentioned in these newsletters, search the title in the CVR Library search box or email the CVR Research Librarian to request it.

Also, if you haven’t already, sign up for the Center for Victim Research’s monthly newsletter and be the first to know about our new webinars, podcasts, tools, and publications: Sign Up Here.

Newsletters Focused on Victim Services Professionals

  • Information for Practice (IP): delivers links to social services research, including free reports from nonprofits and government agencies. Gary Holden of New York University – Silver School of Social Work compiles this monthly email with the titles and links to articles or their abstracts. Sign Up Here (send a blank email)
  • Monday Missives (MM): Created by “Justice SisterAnne Seymour, this newsletter includes a weekly roundup of news and investigations, research studies, webinars and conferences, and inquiries about best practices/”how do programs do this”, all related to crime victims, victim services, trauma, adverse childhood events, and resilience. Sign Up Here (send a blank email)

Newsletters Focused on Specific Populations

  • CALiO Email List: Online since 2004, the Child Abuse Library Online provides access to over 3,000 free open access research articles related to child abuse, children’s advocacy centers, vicarious trauma, and other topics relevant to professionals working with victims of child abuse and their families. Keep up with new additions to the CALiO collection and monthly research quizzes by signing up for the National Children’s Advocacy Center‘s newsletter and selecting the CALiO Email List. Sign Up Here
  • National Latin@ Network: Previously released every week, this monthly newsletter shares National Latin@ Network partner resources related to interpersonal violence, culturally relevant victim services, and survivors’ needs related to immigration and language access. Included are partner events and webinars, news, toolkits and research reports, book reviews (fiction and non-fiction), legislative actions, and job announcements. Sign Up Here 
  • NCEA Listserv: The National Center on Elder Abuse hosts regular Research2Practice webinars, where researchers present their recent study findings on elder abuse and neglect, financial crime targeting older adults, and Adult Protective Services and other relevant agencies. NCEA releases two-page briefs summarizing the findings from the research papers presented during webinars and creates fact sheets and research compilations. Learn about in-person and online trainings, read new reports and screening tools, and join the conversation on NCEA’s listserv. Sign Up Here
  • NIWRC Mailing List: The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center sends regular messages to its mailing list members, including webinar announcements, legislative updates, job openings, and report releases. Topics have included tribal participatory research methods, the availability of technical assistance, and improved data sharing with the national crime information databases.  Sign Up Here
  • Reaching Victims Newsletter: The National Resource for Reaching Victims produces a monthly newsletter with guest editors from their partner organizations. Each edition includes a quotation from a survivor or leader in the field, a summary of a grassroots organizations’ main activities, a spotlight on a promising practice, and list of upcoming events. Sign Up Here

Newsletters Focused on Criminal Justice

  • CrimPapers: This email shares recent article titles drawn from 116 journals that often publish research in criminology, criminal justice, crime science, penology and terrorism. This alert is delivered daily or weekly. It was created by Matt Ashbury, a lecturer in criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Sign Up Here
  • NCJRS Weekly Accessions: The National Criminal Justice Reference Service hosts a large library collection related to research in corrections, the justice system, law enforcement, crime, courts and victim rights, and results of evaluations and demonstration sites. This newsletter lists all the latest reports added to their collection. Sign Up Here
  • NCVLI Update: The National Crime Victim Law Institute hosts a victim law library with materials organized by right, victim type, or procedural posture and includes case summaries related to victim rights. This newsletter announces new amicus briefs, summaries of recent technical assistance requests for legal research, and upcoming events. Sign Up Here

Newsletters focused on Domestic Abuse and Sexual and Gender-based Violence

  • EVAWI Mailing List: End Violence Against Women International hosts regular trainings for criminal justice professionals and writes training briefs that summarize research and practice evidence related to sexual assault investigation practices. Their mailing list highlights innovative programs and webinar announcements and highlights from their resource librarySign Up Here
  • The Exchange: Carol E. Jordan, Executive Director of Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky, compiles this monthly round-up of “research on intimate partner violence (IPV), child witnesses to IPV, sexual assault, stalking, and related crimes…to allow services; case decision-making; and criminal justice and health/mental health policy to be directly influenced by science.” Sign Up Here
  • Forensic Healthcare Online: The founder and editor of Forensic Healthcare Online, Jenifer Markowitz, writes multiple short posts a week, suggesting news stories and research articles for forensic nurses and others working with sexual violence and trauma survivors. In addition to these short pieces, FHO also includes longer posts like clinical guides, testimony resources, training handouts, and tips on how to regular reading and applying research. Sign Up Here (scroll to website footer for sign up)
  • NRCDV Newsletter: The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence sends a bi-monthly newsletter of new resources and developments. The newsletter often includes example technical assistance requests, questions of the month, and new resources available in VAWnet, their online library of thousands of materials related to addressing gender-based violence. Sign Up Here
  • NSVRC Resource Round-up: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center delivers a monthly round-up of resources related to preventing sexual violence and working with survivors of sexual assault and harassment. The newsletter features guides, action kits, interviews with survivors and practitioners, infographics, new bibliographies from the NSVRC library, and fact sheets relevant to news stories about sexual violence. Sign Up Here
  • SVRI Update: The Sexual Violence Research Initiative sends out weekly updates about their member events and a list of journal articles. The journal articles cover a range of topics and countries, all with some relation to violence against women, sexual violence, harassment, and assault. Sign Up Here
Sep 16 19

Research-to-Practice Inspiration in CVR Library

Laura Puls
Local Data_R2P meeting

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:





May 24 18

Practitioner Directories

Susan Howley

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.

Apr 24 18

Working Together


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.


Apr 19 18

Victim Researcher Directory

Apr 19 18

Find a Partner


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. 

Photo by iStock.com/laflor

Apr 19 18

Collaborations Supported by CVR


CVR supports two types of researcher-practitioner collaborations:  interagency VOCA-SAC Partnerships and Research-to-Practice Fellowships.