WELCOME TO THE
GENDER JUSTICE INITIATIVE.

 
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ABOUT OUR WORK

The Gender Justice Initiative (GJI) is led by Dr. Jessica Shaw of the Community and Prevention

Research Program in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

The GJI aims to use research and evaluation to improve systems that respond to and interface with those affected by

gender-based violence. We believe research gains much of its value in its ability to inform policy and practice, and that for it to be used in this way it must be relevant to policymakers and practitioners in the first place. We partner with practitioners, policymakers, and other community members to identify knowledge gaps and understand their informational needs, and then design research and evaluation projects accordingly. Our work is informed by a strong commitment to social justice and action, and we pay particular attention to the ways in which gender-based violence disproportionately impacts some individuals and communities. Through our research, we hope to continue to challenge and combat structural oppression.

 

"MANDATORY REPORTING AND ADOLESCENT SEXUAL ASSAULT"

In our most recently published article in Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, we highlight the results of our scoping review which examined the research and literature on mandatory reporting in the context of adolescent sexual assault. Check out the article here or you can find it under the Publication tab at the top of the page.

 

DR. SHAW IS NOT ACCEPTING STUDENTS FOR THE
2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR