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Dr Kelly Bracewell

Research Associate
School of Social Work, Care and Community

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