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Lisa Y. Larance

PhD Student. Social Work/Sociology Candidate

Lisa Y. Larance

Lisa Young Larance, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, is a practitioner-scholar whose practical work, curricula, trainings, and peer-reviewed publications, focus on meeting the needs of marginalized women and their families. She is the founder of two innovative community-based programs providing intervention, advocacy, and support for women who have used force in their relationships: Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc.’s Vista Program (http://www.jbws.org/publications.html) and Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County's RENEW Program (www.csswashtenaw.org/renew). She also co-developed and implemented the prison-based Meridians for Incarcerated Women program for the Michigan Department of Corrections (csswashtenaw.org/renew/meridians). Lisa consults domestically and internationally for a range of agencies including the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Harmony House’s Nurturing Hearts Violence Prevention Program in Hong Kong, China; the United States Air Force’s Family Advocacy Program serving women on 70 bases world-wide; and Baptcare and Berry Street’s +SHIFT Program in Melbourne, Australia. To encourage discussion and resource sharing among practitioners and scholars involved in the lives of women who have used force, in 2007 Lisa launched and continues to moderate the international “W-Catch22” listserv. She is also an editorial review board member of the international, interdisciplinary journal Violence Against Women. As a joint University of Michigan doctoral candidate in Social Work and Sociology, Lisa’s dissertation research focuses on the complex experiences of women who have had antiviolence programming contact.


Year Degree   School
1998 MSW Washington University, St. Louis
1991 BA Smith College, Northhampton

Larance, L. Y., Goodmark, L., Miller, S. L., & Das Dasgupta, S. (2019). Understanding and addressing women's use of force in intimate relationships: A retrospective. Violence Against Women, 25(1), 56-80.

Larance, L. Y., Armstrong, E., Munro-Kramer, M., Sheridan-Fulton, E., Kusunoki, Y., Ngo, Q., Fincher, S., & Denson, N. (2019). Feminist Praxis: The Michigan meeting on ending gender-based violence. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.

Kertesz, M., Humphreys, C., Larance L. Y., Vicary, D., Spiteri-Staines, A., & Ovenden, G. (2019). Working with women who use force: a feasibility study protocol of the Positive (+)SHIFT group work programme in Australia. BMJ Open, 9(5), 1-7.

Larance, L. Y., Garrison, S., & Seeley, J. L. (2018). Strategically stealthy: Women’s agency in navigating spousal violence. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 33(2), 177-192.

Larance, L. Y. & Miller, S. L. (2017). In her own words: Women describe their use of force resulting in court-ordered intervention. Violence Against Women, 23(12), 1536-1559.

Larance, L. Y. (2017). A practitioner's response to: "Addressing violence by female partners is vital to prevent or stop violence against women: Evidence from the multisite batterer intervention evaluation", by Murray Straus, Violence Against Women, 20, 889-899. Violence Against Women, 23(1).

Larance, L. Y. & Miller, S. L. (2017). Emergent research and practice trends in contextually addressing the complexity of women’s use of force. In C. Renzetti, D. Follingstad, & A. Coker (Eds.), Preventing Intimate Partner Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 129-158. Policy Press. Bristol: United Kingdom.

Larance, L. Y. and Rousson, A. (2016). Facilitating change: A process of renewal for women who have used force in their intimate heterosexual relationships. Violence Against Women, 22(7), 876-891.

Larance, L. Y. & Miller, S. L. (2015). Finding the middle ground: Re-imagining responses to women's use of force. University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review. 5, 437-443.

Holtrop, K., Scott, J. C., Parra-Cardona, J. R., Smith, S. M., Schmittel, E., & Larance, L. Y. (2015). Exploring factors that contribute to positive change in a diverse, group-based male batterer intervention program: using qualitative data to inform implementation and adaptation efforts. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-25.

Larance, L. Y. & Das Dasgupta, S. (2012). Guest editors. Contemporary perspectives on battered women’s use of nonfatal force in their intimate heterosexual relationships. Violence Against Women: Special Issue, 18(9).

Larance, L. Y. & Das Dasgupta, S. (2012). Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women: Special Issue, 18(9), 1004-1007.

Larance, L. Y. (2012). Commentary on Wilson, Woods, Emerson and Donenberg: The necessity for practitioner vigilance in assessing the full context of an individual’s life experiences. Psychology of Violence: Special Issue on Interconnections Among Different Types of Violence, 2(2), 208-210.

Larance, L. Y., Cape, J. K., & Garvin, D. J. H. (2012). Meridians for Incarcerated Women: Participant Guide. Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, MI.

Larance, L. Y., Hoffman, A., & Shivas, J. B. (2009). VISTA program curriculum: An extended view of serving women who use force. Jersey Center for Nonviolence Publication: Morristown, NJ.

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