SALT Scholar Capstone Project Descriptions


Domestic Violence Education  

I am doing research to create a program for the Davidson County Women's Jail. The program will provide education on domestic violence, safety planning, and danger assessments for victims of domestic violence who are incarcerated. I will present my proposed program to the Nashville Metropolitan Government Office of Family Safety

Olivia Darrow

Social Work

May 2016

Conflict Management Training in Police Departments


My project outlines a potential Conflict Management Certificate from Lipscomb University offered to the officers of the Davidson County Police Department at a discounted rate. This certificate would have a 'law enforcement' emphasis and be taught on Lipscomb's campus with other professionals and at the Davidson County Police Department with only with enrolled officers. This program would train police officers in the field of conflict management in an effort to give them the ability to manage conflict without force when possible. In light of our current world, this is a way for the Nashville government, Lipscomb University, private businesses, etc. to support local police officers in furthering their education and increasing their ability to manage the streets that we all live in. This program would be funded by Lipscomb University, private donors, and the officers who enroll.

Corey Ramsey

Law, Justice and Society

December 2015

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Understanding Domestic Violence and Addiction


As an intern at a residential rehab facility for women, domestic violence is extremely prevalent. I wanted to look at the correlation between domestic violence and addiction. I did a retrospective study using old files from past clients on certain demographics and how they related to my study.

Andrea Westrich

Social Work

May 2015

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence  

This semester I had the opportunity to intern at Morning Star Sanctuary, a domestic violence shelter in the surrounding Nashville area. Morning Star Sanctuary (MSS) exists to provide refuge for women and their children who have fled abusive situations and to help empower them to break the cycle of domestic violence that controls their lives. MSS offers safe housing for 60 days, case management, counseling, support group, nutrition, transportation, safety planning, crisis intervention, and parenting classes. I had the chance to meet with women and their children on a daily basis. I chose to do a case study on an individual who had been a victim of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse since her childhood. This lady in particular was very driven and motivated to learn about violence, the impact that it had on her life, and gain knowledge of resources to help her break the cycle, once and for all. The contacts in which I met with the client included: Section 8 housing meetings, DHS, support groups, one-on-one case management and supportive listening. Her case plan involved developing and monitoring her plans and goals. I did a needs assessment, informal diagnosis, and goal planning for this individual. Her overall case goal was permanency. She wanted a stable environment, long term housing, and to have a positive outlook on her life, and break free from violence. This case study allowed me to see that every case and individual is different. As a Christian, it is important to remember that all people need to be shown love- regardless of their past, their diagnosis, or their current situation. We cannot save everyone, but I was reminded that sometimes people need a voice, an advocate to help them get back up on their feet.

Amber Evaniuk

Social Work

May 2015


Understanding the Cycle of Abuse within Domestic Violence

Expanding the Effectiveness of the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center:
Reducing Client Recurrence Rates Through Education and Community Resources


Over thirty percent of all domestic violence (DV) victims that the Jean Crowe
Advocacy Center sees are returning clients, meaning that there may be an issue in the system by which the center administers help to the victims. The purpose of this research-study is to explore the issue of DV victims’ safety after they leave the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center and to propose two new ideas that will go in tandem with the steps that the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center is taking to address their DV clients’ issues. Specifically, this study will examine the effectiveness of educating victims on the issue of DV and will explore the logistics of the center’s administration of non-profit resources to DV victims. Implementing ideas centered-around these topics will serve to expand the effectiveness of the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center in helping victims remain safe after they leave the center in hopes that they will not have to return due to another domestic incident.

Mary Hilliar

Law, Justice, & Society

May 2015


Exploring mediation in family and workplace conflicts.


Charli Hailey

Law, Justice, and Society

May 2013

Charli Hailey  
Anger and Aggression in African American Adolescent Males
Research study into some of the contributing variables to gain a more accurate understanding of this issue,

This semester I had the opportunity to intern at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School (JEMMMS).  This middle school serves students in grades six through eight.  As a social work intern I was able work side by side with a licensed school social worker.  A few of my roles included mediating student interpersonal conflicts, providing grief support, supporting the faculty and staff in any way possible, and rectifying student truancy issues.  Once a week I also facilitated a boys and girls psycho-educational group, creating an environment where students were able to learn from the facilitator and each other.  Students were educated on issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure, bullying, and other topics most relevant to this age group.  Through the course of this internship a noticeable issue with student anger and aggression, particularly that of African American males was clearly evident.  An interest peaked as to the source of this anger and aggression in JEMMMS students.  As a senior social work student I conducted a research study into some of the contributing variables of this issue.  The purpose was to gain a more accurate understanding of this issue, so the faculty and staff of JEMMMS can familiarize themselves with the necessary tools to counteract this problem.  Through the research process several factors were identified as causes of anger and aggression among African American adolescent males nationally, however only two of those variables could be generalized to the students of JEMMMS.  These variables included student’s socioeconomic background, specifically lower socioeconomic status and students with emotional disorders.  These were the most prevalent causes of anger and aggression in JEMMMS students.

Lesa Williams
Social Work
May 2012


Domestic Violence
The Impact of Case Disposition on Domestic Violence Recidivism Rates

In conjunction with the District Attorney's Victim Witness Services and based on a retrospective case review, the study compared recidivism rates of convicted misdemeanor domestic violence offenders based on case disposition.  Of particular interest was whether a maximum probation sentence of eleven months and twenty-nine days  resulted in a less likelihood of recidivism than did a jail sentence or retired charges.  Additionally, the study produced a demographic profile of domestic violence cases in Williamson County, Tennessee from the year 2011.  Discussion of the findings included implications for victim support services. 

Ricki Adkins
Social Work
May 2012


The cost of death
Comparing the costs of the death penalty to a sentence of life without parole
For my capstone work I researched various cases where the death penalty was the punishment for the offender and compared costs to life without parole sentences.  Through the research I was able to help Tennesseeans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty get a more firm number on how much more costly it is to convict someone to death as opposed to life without parole.  
Jackson Sprayberry
Political Science
May 2011
Ending animal cruelty
Breaking the Cycle Among Troubled Youth
As an underclassman I served as a volunteer for Saint Francis Animal Welfare Group and assisted in fostering and placing animals in their forever homes.  It was through that experience that I decided to expand my project during my senior year and am working to implement two outreach programs targeting troubled youth and incarcerated adjults. 
The goal of my capstone project is to create awareness and address issues of animal cruelty among troubled youth as a preventative measure to stop the cycle of violence that could lead to their incarceration as adults. 
Shelby Farrell
Law, Justice & Society
May 2011
Standing up for the abused
Providing Legal Aide to Victims of Domestic Violence
As a senior studying in Lipscomb's Institute for Law, Justice & Society, I completed a research project where I focused on the ever-increasing need for legal representation on behalf of victims of domestic violence.  I was able to interview a Vanderbilt law professor who also operates a legal clinic specializing in providing services to abused women who could not otherwise afford legal aid. 
For my capstone project, I proposed the creation of an organization that would be dedicated solely to providing legal aid to domestic abuse victims.  This organization would function in a comprehensive manner and would ideally provide economic, social and legal services to victimized women and their dependents. 
Nicole Brasfield
Law, Justice & Society
May 2011
Conflict resolution and children's theater
Connecting American history and Conflict Management using children's theater
When brainstorming of how I could use my passions and skills to best serve the community of Middle Tennessee, I immediately thought of two tracts that I could pursue.  My love for theater has been a part of me since birth, literally.  My other passion, conflict resolution, was introduced to me in my very first course at Lipscomb and has continued to inspire me with its universality.  I was torn between which option to utilize, when I realized I could intersect my interests to create my capstone project.  This blossomed into my unconventional creation, a children's play that teaches the audience conflict resolution skills. 
Rebecca Bennie
Law, Justice & Society
May 2011
Eliminating Violence in Schools
Equipping Youth with the Principles of Conflict Resolution
My capstone project focused on the implementation of youth mediation and conflict management training programs within schools.  Many different forms of these programs exist, but all share a common goal.  These programs seek to reduce the rate of school violence by equipping juveniles with skills in conflict resolution. 
Currently, there is not a mandatory or system-wide program in the Nashville area that offers conflict resolution or youth mediation training; however there are a few private programs that have been established.  The purpose of my study was to make recommendations for the expansion of conflict resolution training programs, specifically the SNAP program headed by the Lipscomb Institute for Conflict Management. 
Brooke Baird
Law, Justice & Society
May 2011