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

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Student Life, Alumni Stories

PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence Recognizes PhD Student

Alicia Chatterjee, PhD candidate and MSW graduate at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), recently won a Pennsylvania Society...

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Faculty & Research

Jennifer Prah Ruger Named Hastings Center Fellow

Two faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, Scott D. Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine and Jennifer Prah Ruger of the School of Social Policy & Practice,...

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Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

2021 Annual Guide: High Impact Giving in the Age of COVID

COVID-19 made 2020 a year like no other. Infections and hospitalizations continue to spike. The most effective, widely implemented tool...

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Faculty & Research, Student Life

School of Social Policy & Practice Launches SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has established the first ever SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program, geared towards...

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