Sutton's research focuses on understanding the link between COVID-19, intimate partner violence, and intimate femicide for women in Alabama. Other research interests include reproductive coercion, protections for pets, trauma-informed education and management, and rural communities. As a licensed independent clinical social worker, Sutton has 10 years of experience working with survivors of IPV and their families in residential services, prevention education, the legal system, and as a telehealth provider. She worked as a Director for a domestic and sexual violence agency, a member of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) as well as Tuscaloosa's Trauma Systems Therapy team and is currently a program evaluator for Tuscaloosa's One Place. A survivor herself, Sutton utilizes feminist praxis and intersectional feminist research to identify, improve, and support micro, mezzo, and macro-level responses to fellow survivors of violence.
Shares an intimate glimpse into my role as an educator responsible for designing and teaching an anti-violence course to graduate-level social work students during unprecedented times.
Provides insight into unique obstacles from the perspective of mothers, researchers, and social workers and challenges the traditional models of work/life balance as professionals in academics.
Mentions intimate partner violence (IPV) affects millions of individuals across all demographics and ethnicities. Reveals a direct link between experiencing IPV and having adverse physical, mental, and financial outcomes which can create difficulties for survivors.
Offers a glimpse into implementing and facilitating a 6-week psychoeducational health group inside a women’s correctional facility. Uses a case study example, this essay discusses conceptualization, interagency collaboration, and lessons learned in the field.
Explores non-partner sexual violence as a contributing factor to teen pregnancy rates in Haiti.
Examines reproductive coercion in the context of intimate partner violence from an intersectional framework. Provides recommendations for practice and policy.
Focuses on helping practitioners solve ethical dilemmas when working with clients impacted by domestic violence.
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.