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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Nicole Baran papers
    Creator: Baran, Nicole
    Identifier/Call Number: SC1269
    Physical Description: 40 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
    Physical Description: 21 megabyte(s) (5 .pdf files)
    Date (inclusive): 1994-2015
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc.

    Biographical / Historical

    Nicole Baran is from San Francisco and received her BA and MA in English from Stanford University (2000 and 2001) and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis (2003), with a specialization in management and a focus on domestic violence research. Nicole founded the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness (the Center) in 2005, a nonprofit that educates and trains communities, institutions and young leaders to take action to end violence against women. As of 2015, the Center’s website, www.stoprelationshipabuse.org, provides professional resources to an average of 40,000 unique visitors per month from 196 countries. Nicole taught in the Feminist Studies Program at Stanford University from 2006-2007 to 2013-2014 after developing the course FEMST 138/238 (FEMGEN 138/238) Violence Against Women: Theories, Issues, and Prevention. She changed the course in 2016-2017 to Men’s Violence Against Women: A Social & Critical Analysis.
    The motivation to start the Center and include a Stanford student leadership program was inspired by the concept that Stanford is a leader in research and innovation-- why can’t it be a leader in ending violence against women? In 2006, Nicole successfully partnered with Stanford University to institutionalize a comprehensive response to gender-based violence on campus. Stanford hired the Center to manage a five-year grant from the USJDOJ Office on Violence Against Women; Nicole also wrote the proposal to the provost in 2010 to establish Stanford’s first Office on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA). In her 2014 op-ed in the Stanford Daily, “Stanford Drops the Ball on Sexual Assault Cases,” Nicole writes “The Center wrote the proposal to establish the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse in hopes that an official office would lead to greater change, but until the SARA office reports directly to the Provost or President of the University, we will continue to see ineffective and inadequate responses to these issues.” She writes, “The Center decided to stop working with Stanford in 2011 largely due to the fact that the people in power at Stanford continued to prioritize liability over student safety.”
    Prior to the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, she was the Grant and Contract Manager at the Support Network for Battered Women in Mountain View. Previously, she worked for the Greenbook Initiative (a national collaboration) in St. Louis and produced state guidelines regarding the response of domestic violence service providers to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence. She conducted national trainings and contributed to publications to improve the institutional response to gender-based violence from 2001-2015. She delivered over 350 customized workshops to organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco Bar Association, the Family Violence Prevention Fund (Futures Without Violence), and CPEDV, California’s State Domestic Violence Coalition. One of her specific research areas was analyzing the impact of the anti-feminist backlash on research and practices in the movement to end gender-based violence.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Nicole Baran papers (SC1269). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Nicole Baran, 2015.

    Scope and Contents

    Materials related to the course developed by Nicole Baran, FEMST 138/238 (FEMGEN 138/238): Violence Against Women: Theories, Issues and Prevention, and materials related to the nonprofit created by Nicole Baran, the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness (founded 2005). Includes outside training manuals and research articles used to inform the work; training materials and handouts, organization and program documents, correspondence, intern projects and materials; 2010 proposal to establish the first Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse at Stanford; publication for the Greenbook Initiative; MSW papers; research articles and presentations about the backlash against the movement to end gender-based violence; Stanford Daily Op-Ed critiquing Stanford’s response to sexual violence in 2014; and website of the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, www.stoprelationshipabuse.org

    Conditions Governing Access

    Series 1-2, 4-9, 19-29, and 32-38 are restricted until 2026; Series 31 is restricted until 2066.
    Series 3, 10-18, 30, and 39 are open for research use; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Family violence.
    Women -- Crimes against.
    Women -- Violence against.
    Relationship abuse.
    Sexual assault.
    Sexual violence.
    Domestic violence.
    FEMST 138
    Violence against women -- Theories and prevention.
    Baran, Nicole
    Baran, Nicole
    Center For Relationship Abuse Awareness.
    Stanford University. Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA).