Denise Hines, PhD


Dr. Denise Hines, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Public Health at George Mason University.  Dr. Hines’ expertise includes the causes, consequences, and prevention of family violence and sexual assault, with a particular focus on under-recognized victims of intimate partner violence.  She also has a specialization in translating university-based research for policymakers. 

Dr. Hines’ work on under-recognized victims of intimate partner violence violence has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and currently by a private law firm.  Her interpersonal violence prevention work has been supported by three grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Dr. Hines is currently the director of a HRSA-funded training program for specialization year MSW students, that focuses on trauma-informed integrated care for client in medically underserved communities.  She is also working with Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services on two internally-funded projects, focusing on understanding and overcoming barriers to service access for under-served communities in Fairfax County.

Dr. Hines is the author of over 95 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and two books on issues of family violence, one of which – Family Violence in the United States – is currently in its third edition.  She was the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Central Lancashire in England.  She has spoken about her work in front of various audiences, including workshops for continuing medical education, state coalitions against domestic violence, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the Massachusetts State legislature, the Connecticut State legislature, the White House domestic policy staff, staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Canadian Parliament.


Research/Scholarship Interests

Intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other forms of family violence, focusing on causes, consequences, prevention, and intervention.

Select Publications

  • Hines, D. A., & Lysova, A. V. (2024). Male Intimate Partner Violence Victims Experiences with Seeking Help from Legal System Services Over Time and Across Countries.  Partner Abuse
  •  Lysova, A., Hanson, K.,* & Hines, D. A. (2023). “How can I be a victim when I have children?” Abused men’s perceptions of their children’s exposure to domestic violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.  
  • Davis, G. E., Hines, D. A., & Palm Reed, K. M. (2022).  Routine Activities and Stalking Victimization in Sexual Minority College Students.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37 (13-14), NP11242–NP11270. 
  • Palm Reed, K., Kline, N., Benz, M., Cabrera, K., & Hines, D. A. (2022). Measurement invariance in the assessment of intimate partner abuse among sexual minority and non-sexual minority individuals.  Partner Abuse, 13 (4), 456-474.  
  • Hines, D.A. (2022).  Intimate Partner Violence Among Justice-Involved Persons: Practice Guidelines for Probation Staff.  Federal Probation, 86 (1), 38-43. 
  • Dixon, L., Trehane, G. J., Celi, E. M., Hines, D. A., Lysova, A. V., & Douglas, E. M. (2022). Examining men’s experiences of abuse from a female intimate partner in four English-speaking countries.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(3-4), 1311-1337. 
  • Lysova, A. V., Hansen, K., Dixon, L., Douglas, E. M., Hines, D. A., & Celi, E. (2022). Internal and external barriers to help seeking: Voices of men who experienced abuse in the intimate relationships.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 66(5), 538-559. 
  • Khurana, B., Hines, D. A., Bates, E., Graham-Kevan, N., Johnson, B. A., & Loder, R. T. (2022). Injury patterns and associated demographics of intimate partner violence in males presenting to U.S. emergency departments. Aggressive Behavior, 48(3), 298-308. 
  • Gambardella, G., Benz, M., Hines, D. A., & Palm Reed, K. M. (2020). A Descriptive Analysis of College Students’ Experiences of Female-Perpetrated Sexual Assault. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 36(4), 520–538. 
  • Lysova, A., Hanson, K., Hines, D. A., Dixon, L., Douglas, E. M., & Celi, E. M. (2020). A Qualitative Study of the Male Victims’ Experiences With the Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Abuse in Four English-Speaking Countries. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 47(10), 1264–1281. 
  • Machado, A., Hines, D., & Douglas, E. M. (2020). Male victims of female-perpetrated partner violence: A qualitative analysis of men’s experiences, the impact of violence, and perceptions of their worth. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 21(4), 612–621.    

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 - Research Impact Award.  George Mason University, College of Public Health.
  • 2018 - 100 New Peace Activists, from
  • 2011 - Model Program. The Clark Anti-Violence Education program I co-founded was listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a model campus violence prevention program, one of only seven programs in the country to receive that distinction.
  • 2010 - Top 10 Most Productive Psychology of Men and Masculinity Scholars, and the only female scholar to make the Top 10, as determined by the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity.  
  • Finalist, Fulbright Research Fellowship Program
  • 100 New Peace Activists,
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Central Lancashire
  • Awardee, National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Program
  • Top 10 Most Productive Psychology of Men and Masculinity Scholars, American Psychological Association’s journal
  • Warrior Award, Clark University

Professional Affiliations

  • Guest Editor, Psychology of Men and Masculinities, Special Issue: The complexities of men’s experiences with intimate partner violence and family abuse victimization, 2023-2024. 
  • Executive and Editorial Boards, International Journal for Family Research and Policy 
  • Editorial Board, Partner Abuse 
  • Editorial Board, Psychology of Men and Masculinities, January 2021-present 
  • Associate Editor, Partner Abuse, 2010-2012 
  • Editorial Consultant, Psychology of Men and Masculinity  
  • Advisory Board Member, Gun Injury and ViolencE Advisory Board And Collaborative NetworK, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA. 
  • Advisory Council, National Parents Organization 
  • Member of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration 
  • Advisory Board Member of the National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center 
  • Board Member, Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Providers 
  • Member of the International Families Alliance 
  • Member of the Society for Social Work and Research 
  • Member of the American Psychological Association 
  • Fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression 


  • PhD, Psychology, Boston University
  • MS, Psychology, Boston University
  • BS, Psychology, College of the Holy Cross