Sewanee faculty member’s research in two new publications from the U.S. Department of Justice


At its national conference, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (U.S. Department of Justice) released two publications based on research conducted by Research Associate Professor Sherry Hamby with three colleagues at the University of New Hampshire.

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2011) summarizes a new Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication reporting a study from the University of New Hampshire Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) . . . that more than 1 in 4 children have been exposed to physical violence between their parents at some time, 1 in 9 of them during the past year.  The lead author is Sewanee’s Research Associate Professor, Sherry Hamby, who is also a Research Associate in CCRC.  Dr. Hamby is quoted at some length in the ScienceDaily article.

Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence presents the findings of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which includes exposure to intimate partner violence, assaults by parents on siblings of children surveyed, and other assaults involving teen and adult household members.  The coauthors are three faculty at the University of New Hampshire:  Dr. David Finkelhor, Professor of Sociology and Director of CCRC;  Dr. Heather Turner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Research Associate Professor in CCRC;  and Dr. Richard Ormrod, Research Professor in CCRC.

In addition, the Department of Justice Publication Advisory (Oct. 12, 2011) includes Polyvictimization:  Children’s Exposure to Multiple Types of Violence, Crime, and Abuse by David Finkelhor, Heather Turner, Sherry Hamby, and Richard Ormrod.  This OJJDP publication reports that children and youth who are exposed to multiple types of violence are at particularly high risk for lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm.

Related work by Dr. Hamby, some involving Sewanee students, was recognized by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the January, 2011 Defending Childhood Initiative and was presented at the July, 2010 International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference.