Using a Matrix:
Examples of the Matrix in Action
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the same solicitation, "Broadening
Our Understanding of Violence Against Women from Diverse Communities," Page
2 Section III of the subject solicitation will be used to construct a
typical matrix. In order to make the
example realistic a simulated team of
responders collaborating together has been created to show how they might
be organized to respond to this solicitation. Any
similarity between simulated team members and real institutions or
organizations is purely coincidental.
III. Areas of Research
The goal of this research solicitation is to improve
policy and practice by advancing the empirical understanding of violence
against women from diverse communities and the effectiveness of programs
that assist victims. NIJ seeks research that has the potential to be
useful in reducing the impact of violence against women, increasing the
safety of those women, and improving criminal justice system responses
to this violence. NIJ
has identified a number of priority research areas:
Violence Against Women Program Evaluation-- Rigorous
evaluations are solicited to determine the effectiveness of programs
addressing the needs of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence,
sexual violence, and stalking. Experimental designs are strongly
encouraged. However, NIJ will consider other evaluation designs
as required by the needs and constraints in a particular setting.
Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis-- NIJ
seeks cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of programs that have
been evaluated in order to determine which programs are most beneficial
and cost effective.
Prevalence and Incidence-- Research on
the prevalence and incidence of violence against women from diverse communities
are needed. Also needed are studies that examine risk and protective
factors; various strategies of resistance that women use; and how race,
class, poverty, and unemployment intersect in the development and persistence
of violence against women from diverse communities.
Measurement Development-- The development
of culturally appropriate measures and the scientific determination of
their validity and reliability for these populations is needed to advance
our knowledge about violence against women from diverse communities.
Responses to Violence Against Women-- Research
on formal and informal responses to violence against women is needed,
such as, family /peer responses to violence against women, or community
based responses (e.g. restorative justice models, faith-based initiatives,
or other culturally based interventions.) Research also is needed
on communities' willingness and readiness to address violence against
women and the extent to which diverse populations use justice systems
to address violence against women in their communities.
To demonstrate how a response might be constructed, a simulated group of
team members has been created as if this team had decided to work together
to write and develop a response to this proposal. The team is diverse
and represents a mosaic of different strengths all of which are keys
to a strong and viable response.
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