Eve Buzawa

Eve Buzawa

Eve Buzawa, Criminal Justice, Gender Studies

Chair of the School of Criminology & Justice Studies, Professor
Health and Social Sciences Building #415


Domestic violence, with a specific focus on criminal justice & societal interventions; victimology; police organizations & behavior.

Research Interest

Domestic Violence; Policing; Victims of Crime; Violence Against Women


Educational Background

B.A. University of Rochester

Ph.D., M.S., Michigan State University


Eve Buzawa is Director and Chairperson of the School of Criminology & Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and her Master's and Doctoral degrees from the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. Buzawa’s research interests and publications encompass a wide range of issues pertaining to policing, domestic violence, and violence against women. She has authored and edited numerous books and monographs. Her publications include Violence against Women in Families and Relationships: Making and Breaking Connections, a 4 volume set, (Co-Editor with Evan Stark, 2009), Responding to Domestic Violence: The Integration of Criminal Justice Response & Human Services published by Sage Publications (2016) (with Carl Buzawa & Evan Stark). Currently, she is working on a book for Springer Publications, Global Responses to Domestic Violence. She has also served as a Principal Investigator on several federally funded research projects as well as directing numerous state funded research and training projects.

She is Past President of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, Past President of the Northeast Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, and past Board Member for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


Eve Buzawa, Carl Buzawa, and Evan Stark (2012) Domestic Violence:  The Criminal Justice and Societal Response. Sage Publications.

Evan Stark and Eve Buzawa, Eds. (2009). Violence Against Women in Families and Relationships: Making and Breaking Connections (a four volume set). Praeger/Greenwood. 

  • Volume 1 Victimization and the Community Response
  • Volume 2  The Family  Context
  • Volume 3  Criminal Justice and the Law
  • Volume 4  The Media and Cultural Attitudes

Buzawa, Eve and Buzawa, Carl.  Domestic Violence:  The Criminal Justice Response. Sage Publications. Third Edition, 2003.

Selected Book Chapters and Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Hirschel, J. D., & Buzawa, E. (At press).  The impact of offenders leaving the scene on the police decision to arrest in cases of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women.

Buzawa, E. (2012). Guest Editor Special Issue: The Evolving Police Response to Domestic Violence. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations, 12:2. 

Hirschel, D. and Buzawa, E. (2012) Role of Primary Aggressor Policies in Predicting Dual Arrest. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations, 12:2.

Buzawa, E. (2012). Victims of Domestic Violence in R. Davis, A. Lurigio, & S. Herman.   Victims of Crime: 4th Edition. Sage Publications.

McLaughry C, Chang B, Kirsten C, Hirschel D, Buzawa E, Pattavina A, Doyle S, Cullinane D (2012) [Epub ahead of print]. Severity of injury and the decision to arrest in cases of intimate partner violence. Medicine, Science and the Law

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
(2012) What Does Research Suggest are the Primary Risk and Protective Factors for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and What is the Role of Economic Factors? (Point) article, and Intimate Partner Violence – Response to Matjasko et al. (Counterpoint) article. (32:1).

Criminalizing Assault: Do Age and Gender Matter? (2010). In M. Chesney-Lind and N. Jones (Eds.). Beating up on Girls: Girls, Violence, Demonization and Denial. (Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press). With D. Hirschel.

Cullinane, D., Hirschel, D., Buzawa, E., Pattavina, A., Faggiani, D., and Iannaci, L.

Offender-Victim Body Mass Ratio and the Decision to Arrest in Cases of Domestic Assault. 49(3) Medicine Science and the Law, 1-7 (2009). 

Buzawa, Eve and Buzawa, Aaron (Nov, 2008). Courting domestic violence victims: A tale of two cities. Criminology and Public Policy

Buzawa, Eve and Hirschel, David (2008). Domestic Violence: The Beginning, Continuation, or Final Act in a Criminal Career. Victims & Offenders. Vol. 3, 391-411. 

Hirschel, David, Buzawa, Eve; Pattavina, April; Faggiani, Donald; and Reuland, Melissa (2008). Domestic Violence Preferred and Mandatory Arrest Laws: To What Extent to They Influence Police Arrest Decisions. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Pattavina, April; Hirschel, David; Buzawa, Eve; and Faggiani, Donald (2007).Policy, Place and Perpetrators: Using NIBRS to Examine Arrest Practices in Intimate Partner Violence.  Justice Research and Policy, Vol. 9. no. 2.

Buzawa, Eve & Gerald Hotaling (2007).  Understanding the Impact of Prior Abuse and Prior Victimization on the Decision to Forego Criminal Justice Assistance in Domestic Violence Incidents: A Lifecourse Perspective. Brief Treatment & Crisis Intervention, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p. 55-76.  

Pattavina, April; Hirschel, David; Buzawa, Eve; Faggiani, Don; Bentley, Helen (2007). A Comparison of the Police Response to Heterosexual Versus Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence.  Violence Against Women, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p. 374-394.