Explore our research

  • Violence and Aggression

We are a multi-disciplinary team with current and evolving strengths to fit with the regional, national and international agendas around the management and reduction of violence and aggression, and the impact it has on individuals, communities and organisations.

At a time of efficacy and cost-effectiveness, it is important to have evidence based research on what works. The Violence and Aggression Group has cross-disciplinary expertise to provide that evidence base by using academic literature and statistical expertise to guide prospective initiatives and evaluate existing ones.

The Violence and Aggression Group provides access to a real-world understanding of the issues surrounding violence and aggression in society, with many of the group members being active practitioners. This understanding is structured around a social ecological model encompassing the macrosystem (e.g., societal values and beliefs), exosystem (e.g., industry and social services), microsystem (e.g., family and peers), and the individual (e.g., age and mental health).

Using expertise within the University of Central Lancashire, the evidence base for current initiatives can be explored, both in terms of efficacy (through rigorous evaluation) and in terms of the underpinning theory to more fully understand the mechanisms by which change occurs or is inhibited (through primary research funded by grant capture). 

There are four other research groups under the Criminal Justice Partnership theme. Find out more below.

Social and Restorative Justice
Youth and Justice
Mental Health and Criminal Justice

We have expertise and research interests in the following areas:

  • Aggression
  • Family Violence
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Offending Behaviour
  • Posttraumatic Growth
  • Repeat Victimisation
  • Resilience
  • Risk Assessment
  • Service Evaluation
  • Sexual Violence
  • Trauma
  • Victim Vulnerability

The Violence and Aggression strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership aims to:

  • Create an active and thriving research environment, working alongside regional, national and international organisations to deliver real world impact;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary perspectives to deliver innovative solutions for those facing challenges in the area of violence and aggression;
  • Establish a reputation as a centre of collaboration and innovation with high quality research outcomes;
  • Increase awareness of opportunities and expertise in the strand through engagement with internal and external partners.

As the Violence and Aggression theme is focused on working with partners directly facing the challenge of responding to real world problems, real world impact is inherent in the work we do. We regularly host conferences and workshops exploring topics of relevance to many outside organisations, including the police, probation, voluntary sector, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and many other organisations.

The interdisciplinary approach within the University of Central Lancashire stimulates innovative approaches to addressing violence and aggression and enables staff to develop their research expertise and responsivity to emerging themes and societal need. 

We publish high quality research in peer-reviewed international academic journals. Our publications range from professional commentaries and opinion pieces, to reports for industry and government bodies, to full academic research papers. We also regularly hold conferences and workshops for academics and practitioners in the field.

  • Visit of Professor Christopher Eckhardt (March 2017)
  • External launch event (December 2016)
  • Internal launch event (October 2016)
  • Visit of Professor Brad Bushman (June 2016)
  • Visit of Professor Richard Felson (May 2016)

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  • Assessing Vulnerable Victims
  • Victim services directory
  • Systematic review of effective support for victims of sexual violence
  • Early intervention in domestic violence
  • Reducing violence and aggression in high secure settings