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Eve Buzawa

Eve Buzawa, Ph.D. Professor Emerita
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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, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita in the School of Criminology & Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She served as Chair of the School from 1995 – 2013, and Director/Chair of the School from September, 2013-June, 2016 when she retired. She also served on the university’s Faculty Senate Executive Board from 2003-2016.

Buzawa 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 under contract for a book with Springer Publications, Global Responses to Domestic Violence, which will be forthcoming in 2017. 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.

Currently, Buzawa is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and will be at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia for fall, 2016.

Buzawa 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 (2017) Responding to Domestic Violence:  The Integration of Criminal Justice Response & Human Services:5th Edition. Sage Publications.

Fourth Edition, 2012

Third Edition, 2003.

Second Edition, 1996.

First Edition, 1990.

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 (Eds.) 1996.  What Works? The Role of Arrest and Civil Interventions in Responding to Domestic Assault.. Sage Publications.

Selected Book Chapters and Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Hirschel, David & Buzawa, Eve (2016). Intimate Partner Violence Offenders Who Flee the Scene Are Likely To Avoid Arrest. Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly.

Hirschel, J. D., & Buzawa, E. (2013).  The impact of offenders leaving the scene on the police decision to arrest in cases of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, (19:9).

Buzawa, Eve & Buzawa, Aaron (2013). Evidence Based Prosecution: Is it Worth the Cost? Criminology & Public Policy, 12:3, 491-505.

Buzawa, Eve & Buzawa, Carl (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? Journal of Policy Analysis & Management. First published online October 18, 2012 and in print Volume 32:1, 128-137.

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

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 Do 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.