2021 Violence Against Women and Children Award

The CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education annually awards an author of the manuscript that most advances feminist knowledge in the field of violence against women and children.

2021 Violence Against Women and Children Award Recipient: Saltanat Childress, MSW, PhD

Saltanat Childress, MSW, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Texas-Arlington School of Social Work. Dr. Childress’ research focuses on the prevention of interpersonal violence across the lifespan (e.g., child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences, such as child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, and community violence), with a focus on populations in low- and middle-income countries and immigrant and refugee populations in the United States. Her research program is focused on developing, adapting, and evaluating preventive interventions to strengthen protective family processes, improve co-parenting relationships, and build family financial capability and assets to improve child and family well-being among vulnerable groups. Her current projects focus on the prevention of interpersonal violence through developing and evaluating integrated multilevel family-centered, school-based, evidence-informed interventions, taking into account how culturally specific factors condition responses to interventions. Dr. Childress’ research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and has been featured in media outlets such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Her social work practice background is in community development, economic empowerment, and safety planning for intimate partner violence funded by USAID, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and European Commission in Central Asia. Her current studies are funded by the U.S. Department of State, Qatar Foundation International, and National Institutes of Health. Her award-winning manuscript is titled, “’Plates and Dishes Smash; Married Couples Clash’: Cultural and Social Barriers to Help-Seeking Among Women Domestic Violence Survivors in Kyrgyzstan.”
Recently Released Statement on Social Justice

The members of the Women's Council worked to create a statement in support of Black faculty, staff, and students in social work education. It is the ouncil's first step in an ongoing effort to lift up the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color voices and scholarship in the profession. Visit the Social Justice Community on CSWESpark! to read the statement.