Completed Projects

Done. Fini. Terminado.

Check out some of the VVSRL’s recently completed projects below. You’ll find brief descriptions and links to project leads and collaborators and some of the project publications and presentations .

“Going Missing” among Children in Foster Care

This project examined the prevalence, predictors, and context of “going missing” among youth in out-of-home care in Nebraska. Investigators include UNO’s Tara Richards, Ph.D. and Alyssa Nystrom in partnership with Nebraska’s Foster Care Review Office (FCRO). This collaboration aimed to offer data-driven recommendations to improve policy and practice for youth in out-of-home care per FCRO’s statutory mandate. Check out the team’s report to the legislature here and recent presentation to stakeholders below.

Domestic Violence Help Seeking Before and During COVID-19

This project examined longitudinal data on domestic violence (DV) calls to police and emergency hotlines before and during the COVID-19 pandemic to assess whether one, the other, both, or neither changed as a result of social distancing. Investigators Justin Nix, Ph.D. and Tara Richards, Ph.D. used both official and unofficial data to evaluate the short- and long-terms trends in DV help seeking during the pandemic. For more information check out their presentation to the United Nations 65th Annual Commission on the Status of Women, their rapid report in the journal Police Practice and Research, and their article in Criminology & Public Policy.

Missing and Murdered Native Women and Children in NE

This National Institute of Justice funded-project (NIJ 2019-75-CX-001) supported a new partnership between the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, the Nebraska State Patrol and UNO researchers Tara Richards, Ph.D., Emily Wright, Ph.D., Alyssa Nystrom,  Sheena Gilbert, and Caralin Branscum. The research team conducted a pilot study to identify (1) the scope and context of missing American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women and children in Nebraska, (2) the scope and context of murdered AI/AN women and children in Nebraska, (3) challenges and promising practices regarding reporting and investigation, and (4) data-driven recommendations for developing and strengthening partnerships to increase opportunities for justice and support. Read more about this study and view local news coverage or check out some of the study’s findings in the journal Race and Justice. The NIJ Final Report can be accessed here.