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"Internal Power®
               Versus Relationship Violence

    The 2016 Center for Gender Studies Symposium Keynote Address
         Dr. Shelly Wagers ~ Assistant Professor    Criminal Justice  
                                     College of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences 
                                                          Radford University ~ Radford, Virginia
Presentation Location & Time: 
    This presentation is open to the public; admission is free.
    Location: Heth 022 ~ Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ~ Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
    Radford University, Radford, VA.
Gender Scholarship @ RU: the 2016 Spring Symposium  
Keynote Abstract                Keynote Presentation & Images
To feel like we have power over our lives and the ability to control our outcomes is a basic universal human need. The assertion “the motive is power and control” has become the accepted mainstream explanation for the reasons behind acts of violence in interpersonal relationships. However, the violence literature has failed to clearly define power, has failed produce a theory of power as a motive for violence, and has failed to scientifically test this assertion. The main goal of my research has been to address this gap by expanding our current understanding of how an individual’s sense of power, or lack thereof, acts as the motive for using control tactics and violence in his or her relationships. In this presentation, I will discuss the pertinent literature regarding power and violence, introduce a new theoretical construct I developed called Internal Power®, and present findings from a scientific study that evaluated internal power’s relationship to an individual’s use of violence.
University Background & Research 
Dr. Shelly Wagers is the founder of Internal Power®. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida, which is ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the nation for criminological and behavioral studies research. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Radford University. Dr. Wagers has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering educational classes, workshops, and seminars in the areas of violence prevention and the development of healthy interpersonal relationships. The specific focus of her research and experience is on helping people understand the internal motives behind their behaviors, and how these can either enhance or obstruct their interpersonal relationships at home and in their career. The key to these motives and behavioral habits is Internal Power®.

Dr. Wagers recently had an article published in the journal Partner Abuse titled “Deconstructing the “Power and Control Motive: Moving Beyond a Unidimensional View of Power in Domestic Violence Theory”. She also presented findings from a study on the correlation between Internal Power and the use of violence against an intimate partner at the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, CA in November 2014 and will present findings from a new study examining attitudes and beliefs among criminal justice students regarding interpersonal violence at the American Society of Criminology meeting in Washington DC in November, 2015.
   Dr. Shelly Wagers

   B.S.  University of North Carolina Greensboro
   M.A.  University of South Florida (2005)
   Ph.D. University of South Florida (2012 )

  Founder: Internal PowerTM
              The Power to Create Your Life
  The recognition that you control your life by
  directing your thoughts, feelings, and
  behaviors, regardless of outside influences
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   RU Contact Information
   Dr. Shelly Wagers
   Dept:   Criminal Justice
   Radford University
   Radford, VA 24142
   Tel/Voice:  540-831-2541
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