Congratulations to T32 Fellow Ariel Richer for F31 Award
Eleni Vlachos, Ariel Richer
February 23, 2022
The F31 grant is entitled "Understanding typologies of IPV and access to services among drug-involved Black women with criminal-legal involvement who have sex with women and men."
Pre-Doctoral Fellow Ariel Richer, LMSW was awarded an F31 Grant, entitled "Understanding typologies of IPV and access to services among drug-involved Black women with criminal-legal involvement who have sex with women and men."
There is scant research showing the types of violence (the typologies of violence) experienced by Black women, and its association to accessing services for intimate partner violence. Yet, Black women who use drugs and are involved in the criminal-legal system experience multiple intersecting stigmatized identities.
"Therefore, it is imperative for social work practitioners and researchers to believe and support Black women regarding their experience of intimate partner violence," Ms. Richer shared. "The types of violence that Black women experience differ and are often nuanced because of embedded structural stigma related to drug use, involvement in the criminal-legal system, sexuality, and race."
Ms. Richer's F-31 grant will address this gap, examining typologies of intimate partner violence experience and its association with accessing intimate partner violence-related services among Black women who have sex with women and men who use drugs and are involved in the criminal-legal system in New York City.
Findings from this study will inform future research into methods of improving access to and utilization of services among Black women who have sex with men who use drugs and are involved in the criminal-legal system.
"The past two and half years I've been supported in my pursuit to think critically about how intersecting marginalized identities affect women's access and use of intimate partner violence resources. I've worked closely with my mentors Louisa, Elwin, Mingway, Brooke, and Aimee Campbell and have learned immensely from the rest of the T32 pre- and post-doc cohort."
Ariel Marie Shirley Richer is an NIH T32 Pre-Doctoral Fellow, School of Social Work; Researcher, (SIG); Director of Research and Advocacy, Urban Indigenous Collective.