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Daniel G. Saunders

Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Daniel G. Saunders

Daniel Saunders, professor of social work, established one of the first intervention programs for men who batter and helped to establish crisis and advocacy programs for battered women in the 1970s. His research, teaching, and service center on the problems of dating and domestic violence. His specific studies focus on offender program evaluation, the traumatic effects of victimization, and the response of professionals and the public to dating and domestic violence. His research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Justice. In addition, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholars grant to conduct research at the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Professor Saunders' most recent projects involve an evaluation of supervised visitation programs for the children of battered women and a survey of child custody evaluators regarding their beliefs about domestic violence. Based on his publication record, a 2019 report listed him in the top 100 most influential contemporary social work faculty.

Research Interests/Focus

Domestic and dating violence, direct practice, program evaluation.


Year Degree   School
1979 PhD Counseling and Guidance University of Wisconsin, Madison
1973 MSW Social Work University of Wisconsin, Madison
1969 BA Psychology St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

Measurement Instruments

Inventory of Beliefs About Wife Beating (short version)
Inventory of Beliefs About Wife Beating (long version)
Studies that Used the Inventory of Beliefs About WifeBeating
Profile of Psychological Abuse of Women
Inventory of Beliefs About Wife Beating - scoring
Measures for Assessment and Evaluation in Supervised Visitation and Exchange Programs

Publication List and Repository

Full list of publications on Google Scholar Citations
Publications available in University of Michigan's Deep Blue repository

Saunders, D. (2020). Barriers to leaving an abusive relationship. In R. Geffner, V. Vieth, V. Vaughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L. Hamberger, & J. White (Eds.), Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. Springer, Cham.

Prost, S. G., Saunders, D. G., & Oehme, K. (2020). Childhood family violence and officer responses to officer-involved domestic violence: Effects of cumulative and resolved trauma. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 22(2), 194-207.

Jirek, S. L., & Saunders, D. G. (2018). Cumulative adversity as a correlate of posttraumatic growth: The effects of multiple traumas, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Khaw, L., Bermea, A. M., Hardesty, J. L., Whittaker, A. M., & Saunders, D. G. (2018). “The system had choked me too": Abused mothers' perceptions of the custody determination process that resulted in negative custody outcomes. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Saunders, D. G. (2017). Group interventions for partner abuse. In Garvin, C. D., Gutiérrez, L. M., & Galinsky, M. J. (Eds.), Handbook of Social Work with Groups (2nd ed.). 344-359. Guilford Press.

Saunders, D. G. (2017). Evaluating the evaluators: Research-based guidance for attorneys regarding custody evaluations in cases involving domestic abuse. Michigan Family Law Journal, 47, 8-14.

Saunders, D. G. (2017). State laws related to family judges' and custody evaluators' recommendations in cases of intimate partner violence: Final summary overview. Final report to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Criminal Justice Reference Service No. 250667.

Saunders, D. G., Prost, S. G., & Oehme, K. (2016). Responses of police officers to cases of officer domestic violence: Effects of demographic and professional factors. Journal of Family Violence.

Saunders, D. G., & Faller, K. C. (2016). The need to carefully screen for family violence when parental alienation is claimed. Michigan Family Law Journal, 46, 7-11.

Oehme, K., Prost, S. G., & Saunders, D. G. (2016). Police responses to cases of officer-involved domestic violence: The effects of a brief web-based training. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

Saunders, D. G. & Oglesby, K. H. (2016). No way to turn: The traps encountered by many battered women with negative child custody experiences. Journal of Child Custody.

Saunders, D. G. (2016). Self defense and violence against women in the United States. In N. Naples (Ed.). The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. State University of New York Press.

Piette, J. D., Valenstein, M., Eisenberg, D., Fetters, M. D., Sen, A., Saunders, D., Watkins, D., & Aikens, J. E. (2015). Rationale and methods of a trial to evaluate a depression telemonitoring program that includes a patient-selected support person. Journal of Clinical Trials, 5(1), 1-8.

Saunders, D. G., Faller, K. C., & Tolman, R. M. (2015). Beliefs and recommendations regarding child custody and visitation in cases Involving domestic violence: A comparison of professionals in different roles. Violence Against Women, 22, 722-744. Sage Journals.

Saunders, D. G. (2015). Research based recommendations for child custody evaluation practices and policies in cases of intimate partner violence. Journal of Child Custody, 12(1), 71-92.

Saunders, D. G., Tolman, R. M., & Faller, K. C. (2013). Factors associated with child custody evaluators' recommendations in cases of intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 473-483.

Lacey, K. K., Saunders, D. G. & Zhang, L. (2011). A comparison of women of color and non-Hispanic White women on factors related to leaving a violent relationship. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 1036-1055.

Saunders, D. G., Kurko, J. F., Barlow, K., & Crane, C. E. (2011). What attracts men who batter to their partners? An exploratory study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(14), 2747-2763.

Saunders, D., Faller, K., & Tolman, R. (2011). Child Custody Evaluators’ Beliefs About Domestic Abuse Allegations:Their Relationship to Evaluator Demographics, Background, Domestic Violence Knowledge and Custody-Visitation Recommendations. Final Technical Report Submitted to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.

Saunders, D. G. (2009). Programs for men who batter. In E. Buzawa & E. Stark (Eds). Interpersonal Violence. Praeger/Greenwood.

Saunders, D. G. (2008). Group interventions for men who batter: A summary of program descriptions and research. Violence and Victims, 23, 156-172.

Black, B. M., Tolman, R. M., Callahan, M., Saunders, D. G., & Weisz, A. (2008). When will adolescents tell someone about dating violence victimization? Violence Against Women, 14, 741-758.

Saunders, D. G. (2008). When battered women lose custody: Dangerous parents or systems failure? Sitting In: Newsletter of the Supervised Visitation Network. Jacksonville, FL: SVN - Supervised Visitation Network.

Saunders, D. G. (2008). Anger management. In C. Renzetti & J. Edleson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Saunders, D. G. (2008). Personality characteristics of men who batter. In C. Renzetti & J. Edleson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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