November 2020 Panel

W+GRA's November Research and Practice panel: "Intimate Partner Violence" banner


Intimate Partner Violence


Please join us for a moderated discussion on Intimate Partner Violence and the impact of COVID-19. We will cover the latest updates on prevention and intervention at the federal level, safety and housing contingencies for victims and survivors, access to resources, barriers to services, and the different experiences in communities of color.

November 10, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Zoom


Our Moderator is Dr. Shanti Kulkarni

Our Panelists are Dr. May Ying Ly and Henrietta Thompson


Our Moderator

Dr. Shanti Kularni photo

Dr. Shanti Kulkarni has been a clinician, program developer, advocate, and researcher in the field of gender-based violence for over 20 years. She is currently Professor of Social Work at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research agenda is broadly focused on advancing knowledge about the impact of trauma, violence, and abuse on marginalized populations to facilitate the development of intersectional trauma-informed prevention and intervention strategies. Her current efforts focus on using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods to advance intimate partner violence service delivery at local, state, and national levels. CBPR has allowed her to work with survivors, community members, and practitioners to enhance our collective understanding of what violence intervention and prevention strategies are most effective and why, and to facilitate systems change implementation. She has served as principal investigator on awards totaling over $2.2 million in external federal, state, local, and philanthropic funding for research, evaluation, and training. Her published work is highly cited, and includes numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations.  Dr. Kularni may be reached at

Our Panelists

Dr. May Ying Ly photo

Dr. May Ying Ly is the Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.   She is a social worker by training with extensive experience in the non-profit sector where she was the executive director of two agencies and co-founder of one, all of which helped to advance the awareness and prevention of cancer and mental health issues in Southeast Asian women and girls.  Her work with these agencies earned her local, state, and national recognition.  In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award.  She is a graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership PhD program at the University of California at Davis.  Her dissertation work was on health disparity with a focus on obesity and cardiovascular risk among Hmong-Americans.  She is interested in continual community participatory research to engage the community and decrease health disparities, especially among communities of color.  Dr. Ly may be reached at

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Henrietta Thompson is currently the Transitional Housing Coordinator for Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter. She provides direct services to survivors and supervises interns. Henrietta has served in various capacities during her24 year tenure with Safe Alliance. She has served as the Credit and Housing Manager, Victim Advocate Manager prior to the start of Safe Alliance Transitional Housing Program. She has extensive experience around rental, mortgage default, Reverse Mortgages, crisis intervention and victim advocacy. Henrietta earned a B.A. degree in English and found her passion serving survivors.  Safe Alliance honored her by being the first recipient of the "Lives the Mission Award"  which recognizes staff for their contributions to the agency and clients. She became a certified Victim Advocate through the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Henrietta strives to empower, support, advocate and educate clients and the community toward fighting to end domestic violence.  Ms. Thompson may be reached at