Gender-based Violence Consortium

Gender-based violence is understood as violence that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, based on a person’s gender, where coercion or arbitrary deprivations of freedom occurs in public or private life. Gender is complex and a multi-level cultural construct structured by intersecting identities. Gender-based violence (GBV) occurs in Utah, from campus to the broader community, taking the form of incidents and patterns of violence toward intimate (or ex) partners, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, abuse and human trafficking. The creation of a consortium is a central strategy to engage communities to improve health and quality of life through research, knowledge creation and information sharing.

The Gender-Based Violence Consortium at the University of Utah brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars representing multiple colleges across campus. The consortium is an inter-professional collaboration, a campus scholarly network that embodies an academic commitment to sharing knowledge, supporting long-term collaborations through research hubs, creating programming, sharing teaching and responding to gender-based violence in Utah.

The Gender-Based Violence Consortium’s vision is to increase public recognition of and deepen public knowledge about this type of violence through research innovation and collaboration, creation of research communities, and enhanced educational efforts.

The consortium’s project leads and principal investigators are Annie Isabel Fukushima, assistant professor in the Division of Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, and  Sonia Salari, professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

Note: For more information or to be added to the consortium’s list-serve, send an email to