Building Academic Research Centers to Advance Research on Violence Against Women: An Empirical Foundation


Research on violence against women is a highly complex field of study undertaken by multiple disciplines. While the field has benefited from the attention of disciplines across the university spectrum, it has not yet secured a mechanism to facilitate collaborations by these varied scholars, even though interdisciplinarity is known to create innovative and holistic knowledge and improve understanding of the most highly complex problems. This paper will discuss the evolving nature of interdisciplinary research in the higher education environment, its history, challenges and advantages. It will reference the models of five violence against women-related interdisciplinary research centers. The manuscript will suggest that interdisciplinary approaches structured through organized centers offer the best architecture through which the study of violence against women in academia can be advanced.

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Published in Violence Against Women, v. 17, no. 9, p. 1123-1136.

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