See the Triumph Campaign

Faculty Information

Faculty Name: Allison Crowe

Department: Interdisciplinary Professions

Contact Information:, 225 Ragsdale Hall


Research Description

Highlights of Research:

See the Triumph is a research-based, social media advocacy campaign that is the result of research studies with survivors of past abusive intimate relationships. These studies were conducted by Dr. Christine Murray at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Dr. Allison Crowe at East Carolina University.  See the Triumph addresses all forms of intimate partner violence, including intimate partner sexual assault, violence perpetrated by males and females in heterosexual relationships, and violence within same-sex relationships. We have been conducting a series of research studies with participants who had been out of abusive relationships for at least two years. We conducted these studies to learn how people who experienced battering victimization faced stigma associated with their abuse. In our studies with survivors, we asked participants to describe their prior abuse, how they believed they experienced stigma, the sources of stigma (e.g., professionals, friends and family), and how they overcame their abuse to build healthy, positive lives and relationships. We use both quantitative statistical analyses and content analysis procedures to analyze the data in our studies. The findings from these studies serve as the basis for the See the Triumph campaign, and we are using this campaign as one way of disseminating our findings. In particular, we use the See the Triumph campaign to disseminate the findings to a broader audience than we can reach through traditional forms of reporting research, such as through peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Some examples of our research related to See the Triumph can be found in the following articles:

  • Murray, C. E., Crowe, A., & Overstreet, N. (in press). Sources and components of stigma experienced by survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Murray, C. E., King, K., & Crowe, A. (in press). Understanding and addressing teen dating violence: Implications for family counselors. The Family Journal.
  • Flasch, P. Murray, C. E., & Crowe, A. (in press) Overcoming abuse: A phenomenological investigation of the journey to recovery from past intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. On-line First version is available at the following web-site:
  • Murray, C. E., Crowe, A., & Akers, W. (in press). How can we end the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence? A modified Delphi study with national advocacy leaders. Journal of Family Violence. On-line First version is available at the following web-site:
  • Murray, C. E., King, K., Crowe, A., & Flasch, P. (2015). Survivors of intimate partner violence as advocates for social change. Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 7, 84-100. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from
  • Murray, C. E., Crowe, A., & Brinkley, J. (2015). The stigma surrounding intimate partner violence: A cluster analysis study. Partner Abuse, 6, 320-336.
  • Crowe, A., & Murray, C. E. (2015). Stigma from professional helpers toward survivors of intimate partner violence. Partner Abuse, 6(2), p. 157-179.


In sum, See the Triumph is a research-based social media campaign that aims to:

  • Share empowering messages that people can overcome their abuse and create positive, nonviolent lives
  • Describe strategies that have worked for other survivors to help them overcome their abuse and the stigma related to it
  • Promote a new view of battering survivors that shows them as triumphant, courageous, and resourceful


Summary of what is expected of student researcher:

The student researcher would assist Dr. Allison Crowe at ECU with conducting literature searches, recruiting participants, and collecting data from the ongoing research studies associated with the campaign. The student would also assist with disseminating information on See the Triumph’s social media platforms. As well, the student researcher could contribute to the campaign by assuming roles of guest blogger, social media contributor.



Class or level of student sought: Any level

Needed skills:

  • Proficiency in professional writing, social media, and Microsoft office
  • Interest in women’s issues


Time Commitment 

Time commitment per week: 5-10 hours/week, although could be more if needed

Start Date: Flexible start date

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