Millan AbiNader, LMSW, PhD
Intimate partner violence
Intimate partner homicide
Dr. Millan AbiNader is a mixed-methods researcher who seeks to understand the structural factors and social ecology of gender-based violence (GBV), with particular attention to intimate partner violence-related fatalities and GBV in rural communities. Before entering academia, Dr. AbiNader worked as a community victim services advocate in the fields of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, and commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking. She delivered primary prevention interventions K through college, facilitated support groups in the community and in criminal justice settings, and delivered advocacy services to incarcerated women. Dr. AbiNader earned her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and her PhD in Social Work from Boston University where she completed an award-winning dissertation examining rural intimate partner homicide. Dr. AbiNader was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work’s Office of Gender Based Violence under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Messing where she studied intimate partner homicide and risk assessment.
Dr. AbiNader’s current research projects investigate intimate partner homicide risk, vicarious trauma, intimate partner violence-related fatalities, and intimate partner violence among multi-racial/multi-ethnic individuals among other topics. She is a co-investigator on National Institutes of Health and National Collaborative for Gun Violence Research grants to study intimate partner homicide risk, as well as a PI on an NSF grant to study COVID-19 policies’ effects on homicide rates. Dr. AbiNader integrates her practice experience as a victim advocate and macro social worker with her research, aiming to lead studies that support survivor healing and perpetrator change.
3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
Department(s)Standing Faculty | Faculty
Program(s)MSW | MSSP | PhD
Research Areas(s)Data Driven Policy Analysis + Evidence-Based Practice | Children, Women, Family Well-Being
Ogbonnaya, I. N., AbiNader, M. A., Cheng, S., Jiwatam-Negrón, T., Bagwell-Gray, M., Brown, M. L., & Messing, J. T. (in press) Intimate Partner Violence, Police Engagement, and Perceived Helpfulness of the Legal System: An Analysis by Survivor Race and Ethnicity. Journal of the Society of Social Work Research. https://doi.org/10.1086/714828
Messing, J.T., Campbell, J., AbiNader, M.A., Bolyard, R. (in press) Accounting for Multiple Non-Fatal Strangulation in Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520975854
Messing, J., Wachter, K., AbiNader, M., Ward-Lasher, A., Njie-Carr, V., Sabri, B., Murray, S. Noor-Oshiro, A., Campbell, J. (in press). “We have to build trust”: Intimate partner violence risk assessment with immigrant and refugee survivors. Social Work Research.
AbiNader, M. A., Thomas, M. M. C., & Carolan, K. (in press). Talking (or not) about sexual violence: Newspaper coverage of the confirmation hearings of Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520906174
Messing, J. T., AbiNader, M.A., Pizarro, J. M., Campbell, J. C., & Brown, M. L. (2021) The Arizona Intimate Partner Homicide (AzIPH) Study: A Step Toward Updating and Expanding Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide. The Journal of Family Violence, 36, 563-572. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-021-00254-9
Barchi, F., AbiNader, M. A., Winter, S. C., Obara, L. M., Mbogo, D., Thomas, B. M., & Ammerman, B. (2021) “It is like medicine”: Using sports to promote adult women’s health in rural Kenya. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(5), 2347. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052347 [Special Issue, Physical Exercise and Chronic Diseases Prevention, T. E., Dorner & I. Grabovac (eds.)]
AbiNader, M. A. (2020). Correlates of Intimate Partner Homicide in the Rural United States: Findings from a National Sample of Rural Counties, 2009-2016. Homicide Studies, 24(4),353-376. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767919896403
AbiNader, M. A., DeVoe, E., & Spencer R. (2020)”It’s Like You Gotta Fly the Plane while You’re Repairing It at the Same Time”: Supporting Rural Intimate Partner Violence Victim Advocates after the Homicide of a Client. Partner Abuse, 11(2), 158-178. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/PA-D-19-00054
AbiNader, M. A., Salas-Wright, C. P., Vaughn, M. G., Oh, S., & Jackson, D. (2018) Trends and Correlates of Youth Violence Prevention Program Participation, 2002-2016. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 56(5), 680-688. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.12.016