Research on Violent Victimization (ROVV) Lab - dark-skinned hand with turquoise rings against a woven placemat

About ROVV


About us

Who we are: The ROVV is a research lab within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (ASU). Centering on social justice and promoting safer and healthier communities for all people, we are driven by the need to reduce victimization among underserved populations, including Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge that the insights into the causes of victimization and practical solutions are drawn not from the centers of power but rather from survivors' lived experiences and resilience. 

Our past MMIP work: Our previous research sought to unravel the ongoing violence encountered by Indigenous Peoples in the form of MMIP. In partnership with Native communities and organizations in Arizona, in 2020, we conducted the first known study to document the causes and prevalence of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis in Arizona. Further, in 2022 we sought the guidance of ASU Indigenous students and the staff serving them to understand the limitations of campus service providers in addressing the needs of Indigenous students living with trauma. To access our work on MMIP, see our publications.

Our current MMIP work: Our current work centers on highlighting the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples impacted by MMIP. Centering on decolonial methodologies, we work closely with survivors of MMIP, who guide us in ensuring that our research is trauma-informed, victim-centered, and culturally sensitive.