Physical violence

Research Proposal (30% of your final grade)


This research proposal synthesizes lessons that you learned on research methods and design. Students are expected to show their ability to make appropriate choices of research design, research instruments, and ethical considerations.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (CDC, 2017). As reported on the Safe Horizon website (a program located in NYC), intimate partner homicide accounts for over half of all NYC family-related homicide (NYC DV Fatality Review Committee, 2018) and the NYC Police Department responds to approximately 230,000 domestic violence incidents each year (NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence).


The NYC Police Department in the neighborhood X in Brooklyn reported a sharp increase in domestic violence arrests. You are asked to evaluate the impact of services that are being offered by the newly created non-profit victim services agency Y in the neighborhood X. First, evaluate whether the newly established agency Y had an impact on the number of arrests in the neighborhood X. Second, assess satisfaction with the services among victims-clients of the agency.


In your research paper you should:


  1. Identify a problem
  2. Provide a clear purpose statement for the study
  3. State research questions or research hypotheses
  4. State and explain research design (quantitative, qualitative or mixed). Why you selected this particular research design
  5. Identify your study design. Is it a true experiment, quasi-experiment, grounded theory, survey, narrative study, phenomenology, secondary data analysis, a combination (of which designs)? Why?
  6. Discuss and justify sample(s)
  7. Identify variables and measurements when proposing a quantitative design
  8. Discuss data collection methods. Indicate whether you propose to use secondary (e.g. arrest data by police) and/or primary data (your research team will collect the data). Indicate your specific data collection methods (such as an interview, a survey, a focus group etc.)
  9. Ethical issues: discuss the ethical issues your study raises, and any special IRB concerns.
  10. Implications/significance: discuss the implications/significance of your study for future research and policy.


Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, and properly structured. Submit approximately 1500 words long paper. In an effort to detect and prevent plagiarism, the instructor uses a tool called Turnitin to compare a student’s work with multiple sources. It then reports a percentage of similarity and provides links to those specific sources. You need to first register with Turnitin ( and create your user profile. You must have a class ID and enrollment password.


Additional Instructions:


Students will be given a scenario and asked to design a research project. The goals are (1) to propose and justify research questions and hypotheses and (2) to present a rigorous research design that will yield relevant data to address the hypotheses.


Your research paper should have:

  1. Introduction: Problem statement
  2. Research questions or research hypotheses
  3. Research design (quantitative, qualitative or mixed)
  4. Why you selected this particular research design
  5. Sampling
  6. Variables and measurements when proposing a quantitative proposal
  7. Data collection methods
  8. Ethical issues
  9. Significance


Your term paper must be typed, double-spaced, and properly structured. Submit approximately 1500 words long paper.


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