Dr. Sharon Redhawk Love will present “Rising Violence against Native Women in Native Communities: We are our Sisters’ Keepers” in the UTC Women’s Studies speaker series “Explore, Connect, Empower.”  This presentation, free and open to the public, will be held Monday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center.

Love is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at UTC.  Her research and teaching interests include race and gender issues in criminal justice, victimology, and theory.

“We are very proud of our Women’s Studies Lecture series this year,” Dr. Heather Palmer, Assistant Professor of English, said. “We are offering a rich array of presentations from across the disciplines with a focus on gender issues. This series showcases the interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies, and I think students and the community  will find the topics lively and engaging.”

Research documenting the prevalence of demographics and specific socio-economic factors associated with adult domestic violence suggest a national epidemic. However, few studies have investigated this problem among Native American communities specifically inquiring as to what Native women characterize as domestic violence, what demographic factors and cultural factors contribute to domestic violence in traditional Native settings.

This talk will explore the perceptions of domestic violence among Native Women (Lakota Sioux), contributing demographic factors, as well as self identified cultural factors that contribute to Domestic Violence.

Solutions for domestic violence education among Native women will also be discussed.

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