Innovations in Gender-Based Violence Prevention

April 30, 2019
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Taylor Avenue Building, Doll & Hill, Medical Campus

Join the Relationship and Sexual Violence Assessment Initiative for a thought-provoking event featuring Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD and the Dartington Service Design Lab. Dr. Thompson, a leading researcher in the areas of racial identity and health, will discuss the intersection of mental health, trauma, marginalization, and risk of gender-based violence. Researchers from the Dartington Service Design Lab, a U.K.-based independent charity, will present on their recent work in Scotland to reduce coercive relationships among young people.


  • Keynote Address: Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
  • Plenary: Dartington Service Design Lab
  • Reception with light refreshments and poster session featuring recent RSV-AI projects

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

For more information, contact Sarah Pritchard, MPH, MSW at or Peter Hovmand, PhD, MSW at

About the presenters

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health

Dr. Sanders Thompson is a leading researcher in the areas of racial identity, psychosocial implications of race and ethnicity in health communications, access to health services, and determinates of health and mental health disparities. She focuses on the importance of service to underserved populations through research, practice and community collaborations.

Dartington Service Design Lab

The Dartington Service Design Lab is an independent charity, committed to improving outcomes for children and young people. They improve services for children and families by applying research and best evidence to everyday practice, balancing this with user and practitioner involvement. They believe it is critical to situate services in the context of the wider complex and messy systems in which services are delivered – be these public agencies or local communities. They work at the intersections between evidence-informed and user-centred design, and practical service delivery and wider system reform.

About the RSV-AI

Housed in the Institute for Public Health, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Assessment Initiative (RSV-AI) seeks to develop a comprehensive assessment system to advance the prevention and response to campus sexual assault and relationship violence.

Event Sponsors: Relationship and Sexual Violence-Assessment Initiative