WELCOME TO THE
GENDER JUSTICE INITIATIVE.
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.
"CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY: OUR VALUES AND OUR WORK"
Dr. Shaw and colleagues guest edited the American Journal of Community Psychology's recent special issue, Criminal Justice and Community Psychology: Our Values and Our Work. The introduction to the special issue is co-authored by Dr. Shaw. It can be found here, as well as under the publication tab.