Focus of Our Research
Our scope is broad, our methods diverse, but violence prevention underpins all we do. A range of approaches capturing the breadth of our sub-disciplines - forensic psychology, criminology, public health, sociology, social work, and cognitive and clinical psychology - are brought to bear on important questions about the effectiveness of policing and detection of violent crime, rehabilitation of violent offenders and individuals’ and groups’ experiences of violence.
The majority of our work falls in the areas of intimate partner violence (IPV), child maltreatment, sexual violence and homicide. The nature of our research ranges from theoretical development, understanding lived experiences of victims of violence and improving the investigative process and detection, to service evaluation, intervention design and trials research. We strive to build and promote evidence-based practice across the settings and sectors we work in: probation, police, prison, community, health, social work, and voluntary/charities.