Biography

Alison Cares is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida.  She has worked to stop violence against women for over 20 years, first in community outreach and education for a sexual assault and domestic violence services agency, and then as a researcher.  Her research interests center on intimate partner violence and sexual assault, particularly campus sexual assault, and teaching about victimization.  Those research efforts have been supported by funding for collaborative projects from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). In her work, she likes to emphasize the importance of establishing ongoing partnerships with community agencies.  Her work has been published in Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Family Violence, Violence & Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education.  She especially enjoys teaching and working with undergraduate and graduate students in courses on criminology, victimization, intimate partner violence, and research methods.

Professor Cares earned a PhD in Sociology and an MA in Crime, Law, and Justice from The Pennsylvania State University, and her BA from Dartmouth College.

Research Interests

  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Campus Sexual Violence
  • Teaching About Victimization
  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Criminal Economic Sanctions

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