WVU sociology professor research: gender-based violence; enhanced dangers of IPV for rural women

West Virginia University’s Walter S. DeKeseredy has received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. DeKeseredy, the Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences and sociology professor in WVU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, was recognized for distinguished accomplishments in scholarship, teaching or service over at least a two-year period.

He has published 19 books and more than 160 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other topics.

His most recent empirical work has focused on the enhanced dangers and risks of intimate partner violence for women in rural settings compared to women in urban or suburban settings seeking to end relationships.

In Violence Against Women, he debunks current attempts to label intimate violence as gender neutral, points out the structural practices that sustain this violence, and outlines policies to address the issue. DeKeseredy also includes an examination of male complicity and demonstrates how boys and men can change their roles. Throughout, he responds to myths that dismiss threats to women’s health and safety and issues a call to action.