Research Statement

My research focuses on violence against women (i.e. intimate partner abuse, stalking, and sexual assault) and the criminal justice response to these problems. Specifically, I have published on topics such as predicting stalking in the context of IPA, the criminal justice response to stalking, gender differences in the perpetration of IPA, police response to IPA, and the impact of rape myths.


  • Intimate Partner Abuse Victims and the Police. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Melton, Heather C. "Intimate Partner Abuse Victim Service Usage" a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/19/2015.
  • Melton, Heather C. and Taylor Webb, "Gender, Bullying, and Suicide, " a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Fransisco, November 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Melton, Heather C. and Asha Parekh, “Intimate Partner Abuse: An Examination of Intensive Probation,” A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology: Atlanta, GA. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2013.
  • Melton, Heather C. "Intimate Partner Abuse: A Focus on Protective Order Violations" presented at the American Society for Criminology Annual Meeting, November, 2011: Washington, D.C. Poster, Presented, 11/17/2011.
  • Stalking, Intimate Partner Abuse, and the Police. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Fransisco, CA. Poster, Presented, 11/2010.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America


  • Gender Differences Among Juvenile Justice Involved Girls and Boys as Pereived by Workers in the Juvenile Justice System. Submitted, 12/2016.
  • "The Impact of Children on Intimate Partner Abuse Victims' Service Seeking" Women and Criminal Justice. Accepted, 10/03/2016.
  • Intimate Partner Abuse Victim Service Usage. In progress, 09/07/2015.
  • Melton, Heather C. & Nordmeyer, Kristjane, “Intimate Partner Abuse: Cases involving Protective Order Violations versus Those That Do Not,” The Open Criminology Journal, 7:1-7. Published, 05/2014.
  • Melton, Heather C., "Drugs, Alcohol, and Intimate Parnter Abuse". In progress, 11/2012.
  • Melton, Heather C. and Carrie Sillito, "The Role of Gender in Officially Reported Intimate Partner Abuse", Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27 (6): 1090-1111. Published, 04/2012.
  • Melton, Heather C. "Stalking in the Context of Intimate Partner Abuse" reprinted in Mallicoat, Stacy L. Women and Crime: A Text/Reader. Los Angeles: Sage Publications. Published, 01/2012.
  • Melton, Heather C. (2011) "Stalking, Intimate Partner Abuse, and The Police", The Open Criminology Journal, 4: 1-7. Published, 12/2011.
  • Calling for Help: Intimate Partner Abuse and The Police. In progress, 11/2011.
  • Melton, Heather C. "Sexual Assault" in Garcia, V. and Clifford, J (ed). Female Crime Victims: Reality Reconsidered. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Published, 02/2010.
  • Belknap, Joanne, Heather C. Melton, Justin T. Denny, Ruth E. Fleury-Steiner, and Cris M. Sullivan (2009) "The Levels and Roles of Social and Institutional Support Reported by Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse." Feminist Criminology, 4:377-402. Published, 2009.