Congratulations to Dr. Julia Perilla and her students, who have been invited to a reception on September 13, 2011 at Vice President Joseph Biden's home in Washington, DC. The reception will mark the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (PL-103-322, Title IV, sec. 40001-40703). The Violence Against Women Act was originally drafted by then-Senator Biden's office, and was reauthorized by Congress in 2000 and again in 2005. It represents one of the most significant pieces of legislation to address the many forms of violence against women.
Professor Perilla is a clinical-community psychologist who is internationally recognized for her scholarship, community service, instruction, and clinical work on domestic violence in Latino communities. She is Director of the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change. Dr. Perilla was recently honored by Georgia State University with the 2011 Carl V. Patton President's Award for Outstanding Community Service and Social Action. For more information about her research and community intervention, visit her psychology faculty profile page