Catholics For Family Peace Education and Research Initiative is exploring creating Research and Study Groups on the following issues.
2011-present “El Grupo de Hombres/The Men’s Group” |
Evaluation Study of the St. Pius V Partner Abuse Intervention Program, Chicago
Catholics For Family Peace has been involved in the development of this research project since its inception and continues to provide ongoing guidance and support for this critically important work.
Community Partners & Institutions: St. Pius V, Dominican University, Catholics For Family Peace, Between Friends, The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, La Familia Unida, Washington University in St. Louis. Funded in part by Catholic University of America (CFFP) & Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work.
Principal Investigator: Maxine Davis, MSW/ MBA
Research Team: Dr. Sharon O'Brien, Fr. Charles Dahm, O.P.. Ph.D., Dr. Lauri Przybysz, Dr. Bushra Sabri, Dr. Charles Stoops
Description: Located in Chicago, St. Pius V is a Catholic parish offering an innovative domestic violence intervention called “The Men’s Group”. The program was developed specifically for Spanish-speaking men who have acted abusively towards an intimate partner. Since 2011 over 400 men have voluntarily participated in the group (which is rare – 90% of participation in usual-care treatment is court mandated). So, what makes this group different? Why are men voluntarily participating? Are men really changing their behavior after joining this group? In order to rigorously answer these questions, a process and impact evaluation is currently underway. The research employs a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, uses a community-engaged approach, and operates under a womanist-guided socio-ecological framework. Over 100 men in “The Men’s Group” of St. Pius V and 100 men in a usual-care comparison group are expected to be surveyed at four different time points during this 2-year longitudinal study.
For More Information, contact: Dr. Sharon O'Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-present "How the Church Has Helped Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Catholics For Family Peace has initiated a qualitative study of how Catholics facing domestic abuse have found hope, help, and healing in their local parish communities.
Principal Investigators: Dr. Will Rainford, Dr. Sharon O'Brien
Research Team: James Marafino
For more information, contact: Dr. Sharon O'Brien, email@example.com