Christine Barter

Reader in young people and violence prevention in the Connect Centre for International Research

Christine Barter joined the University in May 2016. She is a reader in young people and violence prevention in the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm.  Prior to this she was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. Her research has predominantly focused on children’s and young people’s experiences of abuse and violence. Her recent work has addressed prevention of violence and abuse in young people’s relationships.


  • BA (Hons) Sociology with Professional Studies: Social Policy and Research, University of East London. 1991
  • PhD Social Policy, University of Bristol, 2014.

Full Profile

Before moving to UCLan in 2016 Christine was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies, for 12 years. Prior to this she was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Her research interests include children and young people’s experiences of peer violence and abuse, institutional abuse, prevention of violence, domestic violence, research ethics and the integration of childhood studies and gendered power theories. She has led on a range of national and international research projects, most recently focusing on the issue of violence and abuse in young people’s intimate relationships. She is currently working with colleagues from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Bristol on a feasibility study to undertake a Random Controlled Trial of a school based intervention to prevent violence and abuse in young people’s relationships and sexual harassment.

She publishes widely in national and international journals and sits on the editorial boards for Child Abuse Review and Journal of Gender-Based Violence. She regularly speaks at national and international conferences and wider events including presentations and workshops for Making Research Count Partnership and Research in Practice. She recently acted as a specialist advisor to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in Schools.

Christine has supervised PhD students on a range of issues, current PhD students are researching violence and love in young adult relationships and prevention of domestic violence through a primary school intervention.


Barter, C. and Stanley, N. (2016): Inter-personal violence and abuse in adolescent intimate relationships: mental health impact and implications for practice, International Review of Psychiatry, 14 Sep 2016.

Lutman, E. and Barter, C. (2016) Peer Violence in Foster Care: A Review of the Research Evidence, Child and Family Social Work, online 23 Feb 2016.

Stanley, N., Barter, C., Wood, M., Aghtaie, N., Larkins, C., Lanau, A. and Overlien, C. (2016) Pornography, sexual coercion and abuse and sexting in young people’s intimate relationships: A European study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. pp. 1-26. ISSN 0886-2605

Vearey, J., Barter, C., Hynes, P. and McGinn, A. (2016) Research ethics in practice: lessons from studies exploring intimate partner violence in different contexts, Families, Relationships and Societies, 26th August 2016.

Wood, M., Barter, Stanley, N., Överlien, C., et al., (2015) Images across Europe: The sending and receiving of sexual images (sexting) and associations with intimate partner violence in young people’s relationships, Youth Services Review. 59, 149-160.



  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Rapid Evidence Assessment: What can be learnt from other jurisdictions about preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. May 2016-November 2016, with Prof Lorraine Radford (PI).
  • Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Evidence review on prevalence of child abuse in institutional settings. July 2016-December 2016, with Prof Lorraine Radford (PI).


  • Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships (STIR) online and offline contexts and risks
    Funder: DAPHNE III and NSPCC (PI)


  • Peer Violence and Abuse in Foster Care: Evidence and practice review
    Funder: NSPCC (PI)


  • Disadvantaged Young People and Interpersonal Violence
    Funder: NSPCC (PI)


  • Safeguarding Young People from Exploitation and Violence in Teenage Interpersonal Relationships.
    Funder: Big Lottery Fund and NSPCC (PI)


  • Physical and Sexual Violence between Children Living in Residential Settings:
    Exploring perspectives and experiences
    Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (co-applicant)


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