While tragedies of family violence are looming large in recent weeks, UC Irvine law professor Jane Stoever is combining the expertise of nurses, psychologists, even engineers and artists to collaborate on prevention and intervention. Launching this week, UCI's Interdisciplinary Center of Family Violence aims to be a premiere site for research, education, clinical care and community collaboration. Stoever recently wrote about how common domestic violence is - while it rarely makes national news as in the case of NFL player Ray Rice. "Janay Rice's experience is not really sensational or extraordinary, it is ordinary," Stoever wrote on CNN.com. She adds, "We could talk about [a] client whose boyfriend (now husband) burned her with a scalding hot iron, permanently scarring her arm, and later tried to run her over with his car."
The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in three teenage girls and women experience intimate partner violence in America. Stoever says our society has been slow to evolve from a time when spousal abuse was not just condoned, but legal. If family violence is perpetuated by gender inequality, how can something so systemic be changed? How will this center aim to improve intervention in local cases of family abuse?
Jane Stoever, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law\
Dara Sorkin, Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine & Research Fellow, Health Policy Research Institute, UC Irvine