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Assessing Vulnerable Victims

This project seeks to explore the vulnerability factors (e.g. prior traumatisation, coping, resilience, personality, social support) in adult victims of violence that may impact upon their capacity to engage with support services, and avoid or reduce subsequent repeat victimisation.

The longitudinal study will investigate psychological and psychosocial variables that can predict which victims are least likely to engage with available services, in addition to those who are most likely to be repeat victims.

The focus is very much on applying empirical research to aid practitioners in assessing vulnerability and identifying services that benefit adult victims of violence based on their profile.

Project Lead

Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan, University of Central Lancashire

Project Staff

Dr Michelle Lowe, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Roxanne Khan, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Victoria Willan, University of Central Lancashire

Matthew Brooks, University of Central Lancashire

May Irving, University of Central Lancashire


2013- Present


The data from this project will be used to develop an individual assessment tool and referral protocol that can be used by professionals to identify vulnerable adult victims of violence.

Collaborators and partners

Lancashire Constabulary

Victim Support Preston

Preston Domestic Violence Services


European Union Grant