Dr. Eleanor Lyon, Director of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Reduction at the UConn School of Social Work, addresses the need to be proactive in dealing with violence.

In the article, Violence Is The Death Of Romance, Period, on Courant.com, CTLiving, author Susan Campbell writes about violence and the recent Rihanna and Chris Brown incident.  Dr. Lyon, one of the experts contacted for the article, states,  “We need to ask hard questions, and we need to talk about what makes a healthy relationship. We need to be proactive. Otherwise, we allow the sad story of the Rihannas and the Browns to get twisted and romanticized, though there’s nothing romantic about a punch to the face.  Nothing.”

Dr. Eleanor Lyon, Associate Professor
in Residence and the Director of the
Institute for Violence Prevention and
Reduction at the UConn School of
Social Work

Dr. Eleanor Lyon, was the primary researcher on a groundbreaking new study Meeting Survivors’ Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences released in February 2009. According to Dr. Lyon, the study showed conclusively that the nation’s domestic violence shelters are meeting both the urgent and longer-term needs of victims of violence, and helping them protect themselves and their children.

The study was conducted by Eleanor Lyon and Shannon Lane of the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Violence Prevention and Reduction at the School of Social Work in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It was funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and administered by the National Institute of Justice.