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Nelson, Abbie
Doctoral Student, Social Work

Abbie has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Belmont University and a Master’s in Social Work from Baylor University and just entered the MSU PhD Social Work program in Fall 2018. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with ten years of experience practicing in Tennessee, Texas, Guatemala, and Mexico. Her clinical focus has been trauma, sexual abuse, and domestic violence particularly with the Latinx population. Her research interest is to research and develop culturally relevant models of treatment for this population.

About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).


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