Catherine Marrs Fuchsel’s research revolves around violence in marriage, particularly related to immigrant Mexican women.
Several years ago Marrs Fuchsel, assistant professor of social work in the School of Professional Studies at St. Catherine University, developed a three-part domestic violence prevention model that encourages these women — and other female victims of abuse — to take stock of themselves and what they want out of an intimate partnership before entering into it.
In summer 2010, she finished a “good” first draft of one aspect of her domestic abuse prevention model at St. Kate’s Scholar's Retreat. The University developed the five-day annual retreat in 2000 to encourage faculty and staff to work intensively on scholarly writing.
Marrs Fuchsel submitted the draft to the Journal of Social Work and Christianity in September 2010. It went through two rounds of revisions, and on July 22, 2011, "The Catholic Church as a Support for Immigrant Mexican Women Living with Domestic Violence” was finally accepted for publication.
“I am thrilled,” she says, although a publication date has yet to be set. “I’ve wanted to write about this aspect of my model, and I just needed the space and no distractions to do it. The Scholar's Retreat was a great place for this. It helped me become fully immersed in my writing, but more importantly, it gave me the encouragement to keep writing daily. I am very grateful that St. Kate's offers such a program for faculty.”
Marrs Fuchsel will present her article findings at a conference in Winona, October 14–15, for pastoral staff and clergy from greater Minnesota.