Dr Kelly Bracewell
As a member of the Connect Centre, Kelly undertakes teaching and research across a range of subjects related to interpersonal violence and vulnerable groups. She is active within the DVA sector and maintains close links with local partners. Kelly works with policy makers, commissioners, charitable funders and government departments.
Kelly is qualified at doctoral level with a wide range of experience across large-scale national and international research projects. She is currently working across two major projects in the field of domestic violence and abuse (Shared Roadmap for System Change; ESRC Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews - ES/S005471/1) alongside additional work around combating sexual violence on university campus. She has excellent abilities in developing and maintaining relationships with both organisations/gatekeepers and research participants over longitudinal projects, including with young people and those who have experienced trauma. Kelly has significant research and work experience in the field of domestic violence and abuse. This includes current work around domestic homicide reviews as well as service evaluations, most recently a stalking service. Areas of detailed knowledge include: Domestic Violence and Abuse, Sexual Violence, Victimisation, Violence prevention, Gender, Feminism, Feminist Methods, Immigration/Migration of women and children, and methods of working with children and young people. Kelly presents research findings at local, national and European conferences.
Kelly's PhD research focused on refuges as an intervention for young people. She interviewed 20 teenagers over a period of 12 months (up to six interviews) using participatory methods to track changes over the period of their stay, and in some cases into their homes once they were rehoused. Teenagers were involved in the pilot stage to develop research tools and at the data analysis stage. Staff members were also interviewed. Kelly has almost ten years experience and expertise within the voluntary sector, working and volunteering for a domestic violence organisation - working with victims/ survivors of domestic violence and abuse – men, women, children and young people.. She assisted with the launch of the Connect Centre (an international centre for research on interpersonal violence and harm) in 2013 and with a number of research projects both within and outside of the university. These include the National evaluation of the PAUSE pilot, the Evaluation of the Doncaster Growing Futures Programme and the Evaluation of a Leaving Care Service. Kelly has also successfully supported dissertation students at both undergraduate and post graduate level around vulnerable children and families. Finally, Kelly has also successfully supported the work of a cross-institution Cochrane review on a voluntary basis by contributing to development meetings and working to ensure findings are understood by patients. I am also a patient volunteer for medical students.
- PhD, University of Central Lancashire, 2017
- MA (by Research), University of Central Lancashire, 2011
- BA (Hons) First Class, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2008
- In 2014 Kelly was awarded ‘International Woman of the Year’ by the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner for her commitment to working around domestic violence and abuse
- This work included supporting research with young people to develop campaign materials
- Kelly’s research interests include:
- gender and violence
- effective prevention and responses to domestic and sexual abuse
- young people’s experiences of service provision and support
- prevention of violence
- engaging vulnerable people in research and research methods with young people
- Kelly is a member of the BSC Victims Network Working Group which aims to foster a dynamic community for research and activism through developing collaborations, advancing theory and research, and informing policy and practice
- SEDA (Staff and Educational Development) Award
- Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy ref 51450
Kelly's current role as Research Associate requires effective team working within the Connect Centre, an established research centre for interpersonal harm, across the different projects. Kelly undertakes a range of research activities including literature review, design of research tools including surveys, interviews, focus groups, data analysis, observations, case file analysis, and report writing. She has worked with a wide range of external agencies including commissioners and local authorities, (vulnerable) service users, staff members, students, volunteers, and the public all of which require different ways and forms of communication, including briefing papers. Kelly is an experienced and effective presenter and has worked on an international scale around dissemination and contributing to prestigious conferences. She undertaken several longitudinal research projects and supported research projects and service evaluations led by UCLan, including working with care leavers, and undertaking a VAWG service scoping study: 'UK Women and Girls scoping study: violence against women and girls services in Lancashire’. Additional work has been undertaken around addressing sexual violence on campus. Kelly also acts as an independent reviewer for journal submissions related to her research activity.
Use the links below to view their profiles:
- The Criminal Justice Partnership, The University of Central Lancashire
- Shared Roadmap for System Change
- ESRC Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews (ES/S005471/1)
- How British universities are challenging sexual violence and harassment on campus
- IMPACTS: Collaborations to address sexual violence on campus
- Evaluation of the Bystander Intervention, UCLan
- Stopping the Cycle of Youth Violence Evaluation. Premier League Charity Trust /Children in Need
- VAWG service provision across Lancashire: Transition Evaluation
- Scoping Study: Violence Against Women and Girls Services. Comic Relief
- Evaluation of Family Action’s Service for Young People in Care
- National evaluation of the Pause project
- Evaluation of the Doncaster Growing Futures Programme
- Evaluation of a Leaving Care Service, Cabinet Office
- Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships research in the UK, Cyprus, Italy, Norway and Bulgaria, EU Daphne
- Mapping domestic violence service provision in Wales, Welsh Government
- Preventing Domestic Abuse for Children (PEACH), Public Health Research Programme, NIHR
- European Conference on Domestic Violence (2019) Domestic Violence and Abuse: Community Mobilisation
- European Conference on Domestic Violence (2019) ‘For Kids that have their opinions, they should talk to them about what they think should happen…’ using the UNCRC as a lens for analysis to promote the rights of teenagers in domestic violence refuges
- European Conference on Domestic Violence (2019) A critical review of the current state of knowledge on gender-based violence in UK universities
- Tackling Sexual Violence at UCLan (November 2018), Dr Khatidja Chantler & Dr Kelly Bracewell (November 2018)
- McGill University, Panel I: Law, Policy, and Social Justice
- Opportunities and Obstacles in Education for Teenagers Living in Refuges (October 2018)
- Connect Centre Conference
- Preventing sexual harassment and violence at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Dr Khatidja Chantler and Dr Kelly Bracewell (May 2018)
- Active Bystander Symposium, Sunderland University
- European Conference on Domestic Violence (September 2017) ‘It’s not fair … my education keeps getting messed up just because I’m in a refuge’: Meeting teenager’s educational rights during their stay in a UK refuge
- Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth (June 2017) '‘I think just everyone needs someone to talk to. So it would be nice if there was someone to listen…’The complexity of the needs of teenagers who use refuge accommodation
- 25th Anniversary Conference ‘Child Abuse Review’ (November 2016) 'Meeting the needs of teenagers during the course of their refuge stay - an investigation into the adequacy of the current service response'
- European on Conference Domestic Violence (September 2015) ''How domestic violence refuges meet the needs of teenagers during the course of their stay' part 2
- BASPCAN 2015 (April 2015) Congress 'How domestic violence refuges meet the needs of teenagers during the course of their stay' part 1
- PG-CCN Children and Childhood Annual Conference (May 2015) 'How can participants have a voice when you can't recruit the participants? Influences over the research process'
- NowDoc (November 2014) 'How can participants have a voice in the design and direction of the research when you can’t recruit the participants? Obstacles to exploring interventions for teenagers residing in domestic violence accommodation'
- UCLan Connect Centre (October 2013) 'Beginning my study: Teenagers’ experiences of domestic violence refuges'
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