Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm

Our research influences change to prevent sexual, gender-based, and interpersonal violence across all age groups.

We are called ‘Connect’ because we are making connections between: 

  • Responding to overlapping forms of violence and violence experienced at different stages of life. This includes gendered violence to adults and violence, abuse and neglect of children
  • How we understand and respond to violence across different areas of knowledge and practice. Including the areas of social work, criminal justice, health, education, the voluntary sector
  • Understanding and preventing violence across different relationships, countries, settings, communities, cultural and political contexts
  • Research, policy and practice

Connect Centre Conference

Join us for our upcoming conference: Children and Families Experiencing Harm and Abuse: Research for Change

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Research

Our research is policy and practice focused. We are collaborative and work with other researchers and organisations in the UK and internationally. We provide a specialist environment for:

  • PhD and postgraduate research training
  • Consultancy
  • Cross disciplinary and international networking 
  • Debate and collective influencing through the Connect Members Network
  • Support activities for knowledge exchange and the use of research to influence change
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Members

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Professor Nicky Stanley
Professor of Social Work
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Nicky Stanley is Professor of Social Work. She researches in the areas of domestic violence and abuse, child welfare and child protection, young people’s and mothers’ mental health and interagency work. She is Co-Director of the Connect Centre for International Research on Inter…

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Dr Christine Barter
Professor of Interpersonal Violence Prevention
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Dr Christine Barter is Professor of Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Co-Director of the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm. Her research interests include children and young people’s experiences of peer violence and abuse, institutio…