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Law, psychology students unite to aid Tulsa County District Court

TU law and psychology students and faculty are collaborating in a community-based research project at Tulsa County District Court. The research will help a local court understand how victims of domestic violence experience the legal process. This work is possible through a partnership between law students and faculty at the Community Advocacy Clinic (CAC) and students and faculty from The University of Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice and TU Department of Psychology.

Key partners in this long-term project include Professor Joanne Davis, an expert in trauma, and Professor Anna Carpenter, the Community Advocacy Clinic director. Both are co-directors of the institute. Numerous students from law and psychology have participated in this effort. Most recently, psychology student Hannah Cole has played a critical role.

TU students and faculty are working with Judge Doug Drummond of the Tulsa County District Court and advocates from Domestic Violence Intervention Services. The TU volunteers have studied local court processes for victims of domestic violence and have developed a survey to assess victims’ experiences. The survey will help the court identify strengths and areas for improvement. The TU team plans to implement the survey in the summer of 2017 and hopes to have results by the fall.

CAC students have developed a number of reports and products in the course of this multiyear project: