Violence Prevention, Resilience and Justice
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.
Our strength lies in our growing reputation as a violence prevention hub; we have capability to tap a critical mass of experience and expertise through our established VIA network that extends into the wider community and reaches the many charities, policy-makers, and practitioners working locally and nationally to prevent violence and its adverse effects on society. Our membership is open to anyone who has a research or practice-based interest in combating interpersonal violence, and we particularly welcome non-academic members. Please email email@example.com for information.
- Cultural Agents Promoting and Targeting Interventions against Violence and Enslavement (CAPTIVE)
- Sharing of sexually explicit material publicly online without consent (revenge pornography)
- Police officers’ perspectives on responding to the non-consensual sharing of private sexual media
- Emotion processing in adults convicted of sex offences against children or adults
- Robots as presenters of child abuse cases in courtrooms
- Perceptions of the challenges encountered by homicide offenders upon their release from prison
- Understanding young people’s decision-making in relation to sex, sexual health and pregnancy
- Evaluation of drug and alcohol services supporting sex offenders
- Evaluation of Kairos ‘Roots Out’ Programme working with sex workers
- Perceptions of, and engagement with, sexually-themed online content: Understanding trajectories of behaviour in the UK and Australia
- Older male sexual offenders: Prevalence, characteristics and treatment implications
- Children’s views on speaking out about abuse and on help to get back on track
- Preventing violence to secure brighter futures - Erica Bowen
- Examination of Firearms and Forensics in Europe and aCross Territories (EFFECT)
- Social Workers' knowledge and confidence when working with cases of child sexual abuse
- Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings
- Psychological violence and controlling behaviours in the general population, prevalence and scale validation
- Evaluation of a mentoring scheme for high-risk IPV perpetrators
- Development of solution-focused interventions as a through-care package for IPV offenders and PPOs
- The use of experts in family law. Understanding the processes for commissioning experts and the contribution they make to the family court
- How victim age affects the context and timing of child sexual abuse: Applying routine activities approach to the first sexual abuse incident
- Mapping domestic violence reports on time: the influence of economic recession
- Comparing juveniles’ and adults’ crime-scene behaviour analysis in hard-to-solve homicides in England and Wales, using SCAS data
- Child sex abuse and exploitation: understanding risk and vulnerability.
- The impact of systemic interventions designed to reduce reoffending on victimisation