11 June 2013
An innovative new research centre set up by academics from the University of Lancashire (UCLan) will gather findings from projects on domestic abuse and sexual exploitation commissioned by UNICEF, the European Commission and the Welsh government.
Led by UCLan Professors of Social Work Nicky Stanley and Lorraine Radford, who is the former head of research at the NSPCC, the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence will bring together researchers, practitioners and influencers to develop new ideas on preventing all forms of violence between individuals in personal relationships, adults and children.
“UCLan has several academics with a lot of experience in sexual violence, domestic abuse and child exploitation research. Much of this work overlaps and the new centre will allow us to work collaboratively to develop new ideas."
Current projects include producing guidelines for UNICEF on protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation and working with the Welsh government on the development of services available to women in violent relationships.
Professor Lorraine Radford commented: “UCLan has several academics with a lot of experience in sexual violence, domestic abuse and child exploitation research. Much of this work overlaps and the new centre will allow us to work collaboratively to develop new ideas on preventing all forms of interpersonal violence.”
The Connect Centre already has nine on-going projects that have an international reach including a European Commission funded review of the national policies in place to reduce child violence across the EU. It has also teamed up with Women’s Aid and the Personal Social Health and Economic Education Association to make recommendations for future policies to prevent domestic abuse against children and young people.
Professors Radford and Stanley will head up the centre and are joined by six other academics and PhD students who are all focusing their research on violence prevention.
The Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence was officially launched at UCLan and at the House of Lords by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.