Areas of Focus

 
 

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Victimization

Our research on victimization has included understanding victims' experiences of wrongful conviction, evaluating Statewide Automated Victim Notification (SAVIN) systems, and working closely with the Healing Justice Project.  

Vulnerable & Special Populations

GSD specializes in working with vulnerable and special populations -- whether those are victims of crime, Veterans, victims of manmade or natural disasters, or just populations that require particular expertise for research, like members of the Military, government officials, or law enforcement officers. 

Law Enforcement

We've partnered with law enforcement agencies across the country to conduct research on topics like the use of body armor, the collection of crime data and statistics, officer safety and wellness, and civilians in law enforcement. 

Public Policy 

Our expertise in social and public policy spans across elections and voting, jail and prison closures, behavioral health and law enforcement, and the effects of natural disasters on access to the legal system. 

Criminal Justice & Crime Prevention

We built our reputation on qualitative and quantitative criminal justice research efforts conducted for the DOJ's National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), non-profits such as Everytown for Gun Safety, and local and state agencies like the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. 

Offender ReentrY & Reintegration

Our experience working with formerly incarcerated populations is a culmination of our expertise in other issues -- public policy, work with law enforcement, work with vulnerable and special populations, and extensive knowledge of crime, public safety, crime prevention, and criminal justice. 

Sexual Assault Prevention

Much of our work on victimization has been focused on victims of crime and, in particular, victims of sexual assault or rape. We are experienced in working directly with crime victims and implement a trauma-informed approach.

Public Health

Public health approaches like engaging social service agencies, community groups, and health practitioners can be used in a unique way to reduce violence by targeting at-risk youth and other populations to redirect violence to non-violent responses.