Gillian Pinchevsky

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Co-director of the Trailblazers Program for first-generation students
Expertise: Criminal justice, community, and college responses to violence against women


Gillian M. Pinchevsky is an expert in the field of criminal justice, particularly criminal justice responses to violence against women.

An associate professor of criminal justice with UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, her research focuses primarily on sexual victimization and domestic abuse, and the ways that current systems respond to victims of these crimes. Past projects have included analysis of specialized domestic violence courts, police perceptions of domestic violence, victimization experienced by college students, and untested sexual assault kits. Pinchevsky has also worked as a research partner for the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which aimed to address the issue of untested sexual assault kits in the state of Nevada.

Pinchevsky’s research has been published in a number of publications, including Violence Against Women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

She is the current internship director in the Department of Criminal Justice and co-directs the Trailblazers Program, which was designed to provide support for first-generation students in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received the 2018 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Excellence in Teaching award.


  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina
  • M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland – College Park
  • B.A., Criminology, University of Florida

Gillian Pinchevsky In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2020
The Metropolitan Police Department’s new 911 texting service will benefit domestic abuse victims, who often can’t risk making voice calls, advocates say.
June 16, 2020
As COVID-19 spread across the globe, ravaging a path of illness and death, public health and government officials championed shelter-in-place orders to provide a safe haven away from the virus.
Nevada Current
August 31, 2018
Tarana Burke coined the phrase “Me Too” in 2006. More than a decade later, she was among the featured “silence breakers” selected as the 2017 TIME Person of the Year.
Las Vegas Sun
April 17, 2018
Thousands of sexual assault kits have been tested in Nevada, but thousands remain in a backlog that is taking years to reduce.

Articles Featuring Gillian Pinchevsky

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ResearchJune 16, 2020
UNLV criminal justice professor Gillian Pinchevsky on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on victims of intimate partner abuse and how society can help protect them in the future.
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Business and CommunityOctober 15, 2018
Criminal justice professor Gillian Pinchevsky on how you can empower yourself to empower survivors of interpersonal violence.