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Couple and Family Therapy staff to present for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sandra Stith, university distinguished professor in couple and family therapy, will present alongside Chelsea Spencer, doctoral candidate in couple and family therapy, at 7p.m. on Tuesday October 10 at the Manhattan Public Library. Stith and Spencer will present Understanding Risk Factors and Motivations for Intimate Partner Homicide: A Research Review in the library’s Groesbeck Room.

This lecture is one of many events hosted by the Crisis Center here in Manhattan during the month of October.

Stith has been researching domestic violence for over 30 years. For the past 20 years, she has dedicated her research to assisting the United States Air Force (USAF) and other Department of Defense branches with family violence prevention and treatment.

Stith and Jared Anderson, associate professor in couple and family therapy, were recently awarded a $2.2 million USDA-NIFA grant  to assist the USAF Family Advocacy Program develop and assess services to support USAF families and to reduce partner and child maltreatment.

"Our main goal is mission readiness," said Stith. "An airman cannot perform his/her military mission to the best of their ability if there are problems in the home. We work with USAF Family Advocacy leadership to create and develop programs to prevent partner and child maltreatment."

The grant will fund Stith and her team of research assistants, in addition to research partners from other universities, through August of 2019.

This article was posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.