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Expert Available to Comment on Need for Domestic Violence Related Support Surrounding Release from Incarceration

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Tasseli McKay, a social science researcher at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, is available to comment on the need for more domestic violence services when individuals are released from incarceration.

Experts across the nation are calling for a release of inmates in hopes of avoiding a COVID-19 outbreak in prison systems. Findings from a recent study by McKay of nearly 170 participants evaluated instances of domestic violence by interviewing men and women around the time of a male partner’s return from prison. Half of the participants reported physical violence during the first six months after the male partner’s return from prison.

With more than a decade of experience, her research examines intimate partner violence in marginalized communities, couple and family relationships in the context of justice system involvement, and strategies for improving health coverage and access to care among justice-involved persons.

To request an interview, email news@rti.org.