Director

Cortney Franklin

Dr. Cortney Franklin is the Director of the Crime Victims' Institute. Her research focuses on violence against women, sexual assault on college campuses, intimate partner violence among marginalized populations, and perceptions of sex trafficking victims. Her recent work involves police perceptions of and responses to survivors of sexual and family violence. She has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and book chapters that have appeared or are forthcoming in Psychology of Women Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Violence Against Women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice and Journal of School Violence. In 2013, she was awarded the Academy of Criminal Justice Science's New Scholar award in Victimology and she was honored by Sam Houston State University's Graduate School as the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Mentor. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a $393,000 Office of Violence Against Women federally-funded grant to evaluate the effect of Houston Police Department's mandatory training on sexual and family violence responses.

Assistant Director

Brittany Hayes

Dr. Brittany Hayes is the Assistant Director of the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University. Her research has examined intimate partner violence, particularly abuse that occurs during the process of separation and risk factors for intimate partner abuse in developing nations. Her work has also examined macro- and micro-level factors that influence behaviors and attitudes. Dr. Hayes has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as American Sociological Review, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Hayes was named the recipient of the American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology’s Researcher of the Year Award in 2017.