Linda G. Mills
Areas of Expertise
Domestic abuse, trauma and recovery, affective lawyering, law and public policy, and film advocacy
Dr. Linda G. Mills is Professor of Social Work, Public Policy, and Law. She also serves as executive director of NYU’s Center on Violence and Recovery. Dr. Mills is NYU’s inaugural Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor, vice chancellor for global programs and university life, and associate vice chancellor for admissions and financial support for NYU Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Mills’ scholarly work challenges the current paradigms of domestic abuse and develops a new theory and practice based on empirical research for rethinking how we respond to violence in intimate relationships. She recently completed a study in Nogales, Arizona, comparing a batterer intervention program to a restorative justice treatment called Circles of Peace. The findings from this randomized controlled trial appear in “The Next Generation of Court-Mandated Domestic Violence Treatment,” published in Journal of Experimental Criminology. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Building on the Nogales NSF research, Dr. Mills is currently principal investigator on another NSF study in Salt Lake City, Utah. In Utah, Dr. Mills is replicating and further testing the effectiveness of traditional batterer intervention programs (BIP) compared to a combined treatment of BIP plus Circles of Peace or BIP plus couples counseling. To complement this research, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Dr. Mills a grant titled “An In-Depth Examination of Batterer Intervention and Alternative Treatment Approaches for Domestic Violence Offenders” to collect and evaluate qualitative data on the experiment currently underway in Salt Lake City.
In 2010, Dr. Mills co-directed and co-produced a documentary called Auf Wiedersehen: 'Til We Meet Again, a film that explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma from the Holocaust to 9-11. The film was an official selection at eight film festivals, including the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, and the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival. In Los Angeles, the film took an Audience Award, Runner Up for Best Documentary, and was an Opening Night Selection and Best Political Film, Honorable Mention, in Philadelphia. Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again was approved by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture as a Holocaust remembrance tool for high school students. Dr. Mills is currently working on a research project in collaboration with Mauthausen Memorial in Austria examining the effectiveness of different modes of delivery of Holocaust and genocide education to young people.