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Presenter: Rebecca Campbell, PhD

This practical and accessible webinar takes what we know from psychology and neurobiology about how trauma impacts behavior, and brings that to the criminal justice system so they can better understand why victims may behave in ways that appear counterintuitive. The webinar has been heralded by victim advocates, law enforcement and survivors as groundbreaking and illuminating. View webinar here.

An interview with Dr. Campbell about this topic can be found here.

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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