What We Believe

Girls and women around the globe live under the threat of violence. All can live more fully when they are not afraid or in danger.

What We Do

The Ortner Center is dedicated to increasing women’s well-being by identifying societal changes that might affect violence against women and girls, using the latest technological advances in qualitative and quantitative research, and developing the next generation of national and global leaders.

Who We Are

Illustrating Penn’s commitment to cross-School collaboration, the Center brings together multiple disciplines. By working together, we can make progress. The Center is named for Evelyn Jacobs Ortner, who established the Center through a gift to the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information about Mrs. Ortner, click here.

Safe Daughters

Confident Women

Strong Society

The mission of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships is to

  • Investigate the correlates and consequences of violence against women and violence in the home
  • Educate the next generation of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers
  • Translate research findings to policy and practice
  • Engage community and university stakeholders with the goal of preventing violence, increasing safety and health, and, thus, facilitating a stronger society.

SP2 News

Dakota Becker MSW

Student Life

MSW Student Selected for Yale Child Study Center Fellowship

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Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

Toorjo Ghose Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to India

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Soumya Mittal

Student Life

MSSP Student Applies Data and Advocacy Skills to Child Education Development

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Scott Giacommuci

Alumni Stories

DSW Alum Publishes First Book on Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama Intersection

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