Faculty and students who are part of the Ortner Center study the remarkable range of abuse and violence, the context in which it occurs, and how best to help those who have been victimized. These succinct summaries provide a glimpse into some of the issues.

The Endemic Amid the Pandemic: Seeking Help for Violence against Women in the Initial Phases of COVID-19

The Endemic Amid the Pandemic: Seeking Help for Violence against Women in the Initial Phases of COVID-19 shows that things are not as straightforward as many might think.

Firearms and Intimate Partner Violence: Scope and Policy Implications

Firearms and Intimate Partner Violence: Scope and Policy Implications reviews policy levers by which to reduce risks posed by abusers with firearms.

Q&A with Erin Hartman

Q&A with Erin Hartman, Penn graduate and Ortner Center alum, on the Ortner Center being a hub for her launching a career in reducing gender-based violence.

From Cell to Home

From Cell to Home is a project of the Ortner Center and Penn Law’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. Penn students are helping secure the release of women incarcerated in Pennsylvania.

No Visible Bruises

No Visible Bruises is the title of a compelling 2019 book. It also is a hallmark of particularly pernicious form of abuse, strangulation.

Parents and Campus Sexual Assault

Q&A with Ortner Center Director, Susan B. Sorenson, about her book — Campus Sexual Assault: A Guide for Parents— which will be published in the spring of 2021. For more information, check here.

Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C)

Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in the U.S. is the focus of pioneering Ivona Percec, Penn Medicine faculty and Ortner Faculty Fellow.

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Dakota Becker MSW

Student Life

MSW Student Selected for Yale Child Study Center Fellowship

Dakota Becker, a student in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice...

TJ Ghose

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

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

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Toorjo...

Soumya Mittal

Student Life

MSSP Student Applies Data and Advocacy Skills to Child Education Development

Soumya Mittal, a student in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy...

Scott Giacommuci

Alumni Stories

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

As Scott Giacomucci explains, psychodrama—a form of group psychotherapy rooted in aspects of theater, psychology, sociology, and mysticism— has, in...

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