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my candle burns at both ends…

Tag: academia



like i said yesterday, i graduated from my domestic violence graduate program last week. it was two years of emotionally and intellectually hard work but it was wonderful. i will miss the bi-annual intensives and spending time with colleagues who are just as passionate about ending violence against women as i am. Read the rest of this entry »

graduate intensive

it’s been a crazy week. i had the NACDV conference for the first half of the week and for the next two days i am finishing up my last graduate intensive for my domestic violence program. it is bittersweet to be finishing this program. these intensives are structured over a week where you spend 12 hours a day talking about issues surrounding domestic violence. they call these seminars “intensives” for a reason. nevertheless, i have learned so much from them and have made many lifelong friends. Read the rest of this entry »

live-blogging the NCADV conference–Tuesday, July 24th


day two. i’m looking forward to today, i’ll be attending lectures on women’s use of violence, how to determine primary aggressors, the benefit of dv courts. And, of course, i’m presenting myself. i have to admit to being pretty nervous, i did not sleep well. but i do have my lucky dv pin on, pictured above, and luckily i have two co-presenters that are fantastic. so i’m nervous but i’m also excited.

first session–women’s and girl’s use of violence

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live-blogging the NACDV conference–Monday, July 23rd


i’m at the national coalition against domestic violence conference today and tomorrow. I thought it might be fun to try my hand at live-blogging. so here we go.

first session is a lecture on femicide by famous radical feminist activist, theoretician and self-proclaimed destroyer of the patriarchy, Dr. Diane Russell:

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thesis thought #11


one benefit of thesis writing: i hydrate all day long. indeed, in the last 3 hours i have drunk 64 ounces of water.

one negative of thesis writing: the nearest bathroom is one building over.

what’s it about?

since i’ve been posting my thesis thoughts, and this project is consuming almost all of my energy, i thought i would do a little write up of what i am actually writing about.

my career experience as well as the concentration of my graduate program has been in domestic violence. since this is my background it only made sense to pick a thesis topic that also focused on domestic violence. i am specifically interested in and will be researching public policy that was crafted to address the problem of violence against women. Read the rest of this entry »

thesis thought #10

you would think that the domestic violence gods would protect my “v” key considering i am writing my thesis on mandatory interVention policies, Victims and Violence..but no. do you think my thesis committee will mind if i type it “inter*ention”, “*ictim” an “*iolence” as long as i’m consistent?

thesis thought #9

i’ve reached that time of the day when deleting the 13,000 emails in my inbox seems so much more interesting than why, after 20 years, police officers still can’t tell the difference between victims and offenders.

thesis thought #8

i am in my department’s computer lab printing off another 30 articles and some university age girl just asked the guy next to me to peel her banana…seriously.

(update. this is seriously happening right now in the school of public affairs computer lab).

thesis thought #7

respite from thesis research today since mr. mraynes was called up for jury duty. since i’m giving up a day i think it would be fitting of the jury duty gods to assign him to a domestic violence case.