Social & Education Policy

Carolyn Hartley

  • Senior Faculty Affiliate, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work


Carolyn Hartley is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, School of Social Work. Her primary area of research focuses on legal system responses to violence against women. Previous studies include an examination of trial strategies used in domestic violence-related felony trials and an evaluation of a specialized domestic violence prosecution program in Chicago, IL. She is currently working on a CDC-funded project with the Iowa Department of Corrections using statewide arrest and corrections data on domestic abusers to examine the effects of court sanctions on offenders’ compliance with batterers' education programs and recidivism. Her most recent project, just funded by the National Institute of Justice, examines the role of civil legal services for improving outcomes for battered women. Professor Hartley is also the lead faculty member for the Iowa Victim Assistance Training Academy, which trains service providers working with crime victims in the state of Iowa.

Research Interests

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Legal responses to violence against women
  • Co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 1995
  • M.A., Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 1988
  • B.S., Psychology, Loyola University, Chicago, 1986