Alesha Durfee

Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Mandatory arrest
  • Protection orders

Key Findings

  • Using data from the 2005 NIBRS, this analysis focuses on the impacts that domestic violence mandatory arrest policies have on arrest outcomes in “situationally ambiguous” cases. MORE
  • This article critically examines the use of civil protection orders (POs) by Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victims seeking shelter services. MORE
  • Durfee examines how men negotiate the discourses of victimization, hegemonic masculinity, and stereotypes about domestic violence when filing for a domestic violence protection order against a woman partner. MORE


Alesha Durfee, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, is an expert in social policy, domestic violence, mandatory arrest policies and civil protection.

Durfee consulted with the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Institute of Justice. She volunteered as a domestic violence victim advocate for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and continues her community service as a board member of the Purple Ribbon Council, a grassroots organization which works to prevent domestic violence through education and outreach. She is also a member of the American Society of Criminology Policy Committee.

She has been published in numerous academic journals including Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family and Violence Against Women.

Durfee received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology; Graduate Certificate in Women Studies from the University of Washington and B.A. in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University.

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