William R. Downs, Professor of Social Work, received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. Dr. Downs is presently Director of UNIís Center for the Study of Adolescence. He has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of grants from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and National Institute of Justice; and has published numerous articles and book chapters on womenís experiences of violence.