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Amber Sutton

PhD Candidate in Social Work, The University of Alabama
Chapter Member: Alabama SSN
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Sutton's dissertation research focuses on understanding the links between intimate partner violence [IPV], femicide, and COVID-19 through an intersectional feminist framework. Overarching themes in Sutton's writings include reproductive coercion, intimate partner violence, protection for pets, motherhood in the academy, and incarcerated women. Sutton currently serves as a therapist specializing in work with survivors of IPV and core leadership member of the City of Birmingham’s Women’s Initiative. Sutton is a licensed independent clinical social worker.



"Preliminary Lessons Learned From Facilitating Group a Case Study in an Alabama Correctional Facility in the Era of COVID-19" (with H. Beech and C. Potock). International Social Work (2020).
""Give Me Proof": A Covert but Coercive Form of Non-Partner Sexual Violence Contributing to Teen Pregnancy in Haiti and Opportunities for Mental Health Intervention" (with Guitele J. Rahill, Manisha Joshi, Caron Zlotnick, Sabine Lamour, Haley Beech, Cameron Burris, and Phycien Paul). Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma 29, no. 6 (2020).

Explores non-partner sexual violence as a contributing factor to teen pregnancy rates in Haiti.


"Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion" (with Haley H. Beech and Debra Nelson-Gardell). Encyclopedia of Social Work (2020).

Examines reproductive coercion in the context of intimate partner violence from an intersectional framework. Provides recommendations for practice and policy.

"Advocating for Self-Determination, Arriving at Safety: How Social Workers Can Address Ethical Dilemmas in Intimate Partner Violence" (with Catherine Carlson), in The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values, edited by Stephen M. Marson and Robert E. McKinney, Jr. (London: Routledge, 2019).

Focuses on helping practitioners solve ethical dilemmas when working with clients impacted by domestic violence.

"Safety Planning with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation" (with Abby Howard), in Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, edited by Andrea J. Nichols, Tonya Edmond, and Erin C. Heil (New York: Columbia University Press, April 2018), 33-50.

Covers specific strategies for Safety Planning with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Uses literature from the intimate partner violence field. Adapts assessments and survivor-centered approaches to increase safety for both clients and service responders.