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Christopher Maxwell, PhD


1998 PhD, Rutgers University
1994 MA, Rutgers University
1990 BA, Indiana  University

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Christopher Maxwell is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University [MSU]. He is a member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Wales, U.K. Dr. Maxwell’s research, scholarship, and engagement activities largely focus on understanding and improving how governments and NGOs can prevent and control intimate partner violence and violence against women. His sponsored research projects include several that have examined the benefits and costs of sanctions and therapeutic treatments for spouse abusers, the impact of police and court services on victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and other projects that have measured the epidemiology and control of violence including sexual assault by intimate partners. His current program of research focuses on assessing the extent to which intimate partner violence offenders are prosecuted and convicted, and testing whether or not more prosecution and sanction leads to less violence. He currently serves as a co-investigator of the National Institute of Justice’s sponsored Evaluation of the [U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women] Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative.


The crime control effects of criminal sanctions for intimate partner violence

Year: 2014 Authors: Garner, J.H., Maxwell, C.D. and Lee, J. Event: Paper presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference

The effectiveness of criminal sanctions for intimate partner violence: A systematic review of 31 studies

Year: 2012 Authors: Maxwell, C.D. and Garner, J.H. Journal: Partner Abuse

Using capture-recapture to estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence: The gender symmetry debate

Year: 2011 Authors: Post, LA., Mezey, NJ., Maxwell, C.D. and Rhodes, K. Journal: The International Journal of Science in Society