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.
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.