Violence and Victimization

Erin Kerrison and Jennifer Skeem Address one of the Grand Challenges of Social Work

June 3, 2019

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In 2016, over 6.6 million adults were under correctional supervision, and an additional 975,000 youths under 18 had cases pass through the juvenile court system. The impacts of justice system involvement are disproportionately felt by low-income families and communities of color. The economic and human costs of this crisis have led the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare to identify smart decarceration as one of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. Berkeley Social Welfare faculty members Erin Kerrison and Jennifer Skeem examine the impact of the criminal justice system on vulnerable populations.

Violent Conflict Impact on Staff, Volunteers and Students Working with Refugees and War Traumatized Populations

Principal Investigators and Research Partners: Niveen Rizkalla, PhD, Principal Investigator Laila Soudi, MSc, Stanford University, School of Medicine Felix Holl, MSc, UC San Francisco, Health Informatics & Global Health Isabel Ullmann, UC Berkeley, Peace and Conflict Studies Summary and Findings:

This research will explore the experiences and needs of staff, volunteers and students [aid workers] who provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and war traumatized populations across Europe (Greece, Germany, Croatia and Italy), Asia (India, Nepal, Thailand and Malaysia), the Middle East (...

Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare: FAQs

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Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare: Contributions


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