Trauma, Adversity and Criminal Justice

Institute of Criminal, Legal and Social Justice (ICLSJ)

The Trauma, Adversity and Criminal Justice strand of our Centre for Criminal Justice Research and Partnerships is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.

They have experience working in criminal justice and social care areas. They can also work within organisational, local regional, national and international agendas. This is based on reducing trauma and adversity within the criminal justice system. Our interest includes trauma and adversity. In particular, the impact on individuals, communities and organisations.


At a time where efficacy and cost-effectiveness has never been more important, it is imperative to have evidence-based research on what works. The Group has cross-disciplinary expertise which it applies in order to provide that evidence base by drawing on the peer-reviewed research literature and utilising statistical expertise to guide prospective initiatives and evaluate existing ones.

Meet the team

Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan
Professor of Criminal Justice Psychology and Lead for the strand

Nicola has published widely in intimate partner violence perpetration and victimisation, and the psychological impact of adversity and trauma. She was one of the first researchers to explore typologies of coercive control within intimate relationships. She has led research projects and evaluations for a range of clients including the European Union, the Home Office, Police and Crime Commissioners.

Dr Philippa Olive
Senior Research Fellow in Trauma Informed Care

Philippa’s research around trauma-informed approaches developed from her practice as an adult and children’s emergency nurse caring for victim-survivors of violence and major trauma. Concerned about the experience, impact and meaning of trauma and violence on people’s lives, her research is focused on improving health and wellbeing outcomes and experiences and preventing further widening health inequalities after trauma.

Dr Rebecca Hibbin
Lecturer in Policing

Dr Rebecca Hibbin is a Lecturer in Policing since joining the University of Central Lancashire in 2021, after 6 years as a Research Associate at Lancaster University, predominantly in the Department of Educational Research. She has been researching psychosocial wellbeing and development and whole organisation approaches to supporting vulnerability since 2015, when she undertook her first postdoctoral study on the whole school use of Nurture.