The National Institutes of Health is holding a multi-phase Scientific Workshop on Violence & Related Health Outcomes in Sexual & Gender Minority Communities. The overarching goal of the workshop is to identify and prioritize key research opportunities needed to further our understanding of violence within SGM communities.
This workshop applies a four-level ecological model, as a multi-level approach, to understand violence against SGM individuals. The four domains of interest are: family origin abuse, peer/friend victimization, romantic/sexual partner violence, and community violence. Opportunities will be identified and prioritized across five key research areas: demographics and epidemiology; risk factors and pathways; preventive interventions; treatment-focused Interventions; and ethics and logistical challenges.
Peruse the master agenda, which contains a comprehensive workshop overview, detailed agendas, research framework, and key definitions.
A brief workshop timeline is provided below:
Phase I: Request for Information (RFI) on the Agenda Framework
Phase II: Opening Session State of the Science Workshop (Closed)
Phase III: Virtual Working Groups (Closed)
Phase IV: Final Report-Out Session (Open to the Public)
Phase IV: Final Report-Out Session - Video & Materials
The Phase IV Final Report-Out Session took place on August 26, 2021. This session involved presentations from the working groups from Phase III, each of whom were tasked with identifying research opportunities across five different focuses: Demographics and Epidemiology; Risk Factors and Pathways; Preventive Interventions; Treatment Focused Interventions; and Ethics and Logistical Challenges. Following these presentations, there was moderated discussion amongst workshop participants and a further refinement of research priorities.
The video recording, transcript, and summary document from this session are available below:
Phase II Opening Session on State of the Science - Video & Materials
The Phase II Opening Session on State of the Science took place on May 6, 2021. Invited experts and other relevant stakeholders discussed the current landscape of violence research across the four domains of interest: family origin abuse, peer/friend victimization, romantic/sexual partner violence, and community violence. Discussions included an overview of each subset of violence research, relevant terminology, impacts on SGM populations, and institutional contexts.
The video recording, transcript, summary document, and reference list from this session are available below:
This workshop was sponsored and coordinated by the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office and co-sponsored by the following NIH Institutes, Offices, and Programs:
- All of Us Research Program
- National Institute on Aging (NIA)
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
- National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
- Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)