Rachel Venema

Rachel Venema


  • BSW Calvin College
  • MSW University of Michigan
  • PhD in Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Academic interests

Teaching Interest

Social Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Vulnerable Populations and Anti-oppressive Practice

Research Interests

Sexual assault prevention and treatment, criminal justice system responses, human trafficking policies, social work in west Africa, faith in social service delivery


Lorenz, K., Dewald, S., Venema, R. (2021). Views of the police in sexual assault victims’ decisions to not report: A qualitative exploration. Violence and Victims, 36(3), p. 455-476. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/VV-D-20-00058

Kassahun Desta, M. & Venema, R. M. (2020). Women convicted of intimate partner homicide in Oromiya regional state of Ethiopia: Profile and associated factors. Violence Against Women. DOI: 10.1177/1077801220914402. Published online 04 May 2020.

Venema, R. M., Lorenz, K., & Sweda, N. (2019). Unfounded, cleared, or cleared by exceptional means: Sexual assault case outcomes from 1999-2014. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260519876718. Published online 21 September 2019.

Venema, R. M., Lorenz, K., & Sweda, N. (2019). A descriptive study of training and its perceived helpfulness among Illinois sexual assault investigators. Journal of Crime and Justice. DOI: 10.1080/0735648X.2019.1601585. Published online 15 April 2019.

Kuilema, J., Schwander, L. Alford, K., Venema, R., & Hoeksema, S. (2019). Teaching Note—Time for a teach-in? Addressing racist incidents on college campuses. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(4), 818-824. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1627258. Published online 31 July 2019. 

Venema, R. M. (2018). Police Officers' Rape Myth Acceptance: Examining the Role of Officer Characteristics, Estimates of False Reporting, and Social Desirability Bias. Violence and Victim, 33(1), 176-200. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-15-00016. Epub 2017 Dec 1.

Venema, R. M. (2016). Making judgments: How blame mediates the influence of rape myth acceptance in police response to sexual assault. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260516662437

Venema, R. M. (2016). Police officer schema of sexual assault reports: Real rape, ambiguous cases, and false reports. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(5), 872-899. DOI: 10.1177/0886260514556765. Published online 12 November 2014.

Book chapter. Ravenhorst Meerman, J., & Venema, R. (2016). No room at the inn. In T. Laine Scales and M. S. Kelly (Eds.), Christianity and social work: Readings on the integration of Christian faith and social work practice, 5th edition (373-378). Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

Venema, R. (2013). Book Review: Hard to Get: 20-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

Phillips, S.D., Venema, R., & Roque, L. (2010). The unmet need for mental health services among probationers' children. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 49(2), 110-125.

Hugen, B., & Venema, R. (2009). The difference of faith: The influence of faith in human service programs. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 4, 405-429.


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