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Amber Sutton

PhD Candidate in Social Work, University of Alabama

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Sutton's research interests include social work education, partner violence in rural communities, trauma-informed management techniques within non-profit organizations as a factor for preventing burnout and turnover and social justice as it relates to gender-based violence. Overarching themes in Sutton's writings include solving ethical dilemmas in domestic violence, safety planning with survivor of sex trafficking, and reproductive coercion. Sutton has worked with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and their families for the past seven years in a multitude of settings including: residential services, prevention education and the criminal justice system. Sutton is a program evaluator for Tuscaloosa's One Place and has served as a Manuscript Reviewer, Best Practices in Mental Health (BPMH) Journal. Currently, Sutton is a licensed master social worker practicing as a Trauma Systems Therapy clinician and a member of the Society for Social Work and Research.


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

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.