On January 18th, 2011, Contact Magazine (the UNC School of Social Work’s school publication) reported that Associate Professor Rebecca Macy was recently among seven UNC employees recognized as “Faculty Engaged Scholars,” and celebrated for her commitment to research on domestic violence and victims education.
The ceremony on January 7th was sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, and celebrated Macy’s work in researching and developing interventions with women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
The focus of her four-year, community-based research program was the Mothers Overcoming Violence through Education and Empowerment (MOVE) Parent-Child Intervention program, a collaborative effort between Wake County human services agencies InterAct and SAFEchild. Together, the two organizations add to their existing services by offering a 13-week parenting program for female domestic violence survivors in conjunction with therapeutic support group services for their children.
Macy’s work is critical, she says, because preliminary studies show that victims of domestic violence are often supremely reluctant to allow data about their children to be collected, which is in turn critical to gauging the effectiveness of programs and research studies geared towards children who have come out of violent homes.
To learn more about how you can help the victims of domestic violence, or how you can become active in raising community awareness and staying informed about domestic violence issues, visit our website at www.fvpcoc.org. Spring volunteer training is coming up, so sign up early and do your part to help put the research of people like Professor Macy to good good use for DV victims here in Orange county.