Christine Barter

Reader in young people and violence prevention in the Connect Centre for International Research

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA317

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Christine Barter joined the University in May 2016. She is a reader in young people and violence prevention in the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm.  Prior to this she was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. Her research has predominantly focused on children’s and young people’s experiences of abuse and violence. Her recent work has addressed prevention of violence and abuse in young people’s relationships.

Full Profile

Before moving to UCLan in 2016 Christine was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies, for 12 years. Prior to this she was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Her research interests include children and young people’s experiences of peer violence and abuse, institutional abuse, prevention of violence, domestic violence, research ethics and the integration of childhood studies and gendered power theories.

She has led on a range of national and international research projects, most recently focusing on the issue of violence and abuse in young people’s intimate relationships. She publishes widely in national and international journals and sits on the editorial boards for Child Abuse Review and Journal of Gender-Based Violence.

She regularly speaks at national and international conferences and wider events. She recently acted as a specialist advisor to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in Schools.


  • BA (Hons) Sociology with Professional Studies: Social Policy and Research, University of East London. 1991
  • PhD Social Policy, University of Bristol, 2014.

Research Activities

Current funded research includes:

Stopping the Cycle of Youth Violence Evaluation, Premier League Charity Trust /Children in Need with Prof John Pitts (University of Bedfordshire) and Dr Helen Spandler.

Safe Lives/ Women’s Aid Road Map evaluation of domestic violence services, funded by Big Lottery Fund, with Professor Nicky Stanley (PI), Dr Khatidja Chantler, Dr Rachel Robbins and Prof Lorraine Radford.

A feasibility study to undertake a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of a school based intervention to prevent violence and abuse in young people’s relationships and sexual harassment, funded by the NIHR PHR f with Prof Chris Bonell (PI), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Evaluation of a standard risk service for female and male survivors of domestic violence with Dr Rachel Robbins, funded by The Big Lottery. 


Barter, C., Stanley, N., Wood, M., Lanau, A., Aghtaie, N., Larkins, C., & Øverlien, C. (2017) Young people’s online and face-to-face experiences of interpersonal violence and abuse and their subjective impact across five European countries. Psychology of Violence, 7 (3), pp. 375-384.

Barter, C. and Lombard, N. (2017) Foregrounding young people’s experiences of intimate violence and abuse, in Lombard, N. (Ed) Research Companion to Gender and Violence.  Farnham; Ashgate.

Barter, C. (2017), Preventing violence and abuse in young people’s relationships, in Taket, A. and Crisp, B. (Eds), Making a difference: achieving effective society-wide action on gender-based violence, London: Routledge. 


Barter, C. and Stanley, N. (2016): Inter-personal violence and abuse in adolescent intimate relationships: mental health impact and implications for practice, International Review of Psychiatry, 14 Sep 2016.

Lutman, E. and Barter, C. (2016) Peer Violence in Foster Care: A Review of the Research Evidence, Child and Family Social Work, online 23 Feb 2016.

Stanley, N., Barter, C., Wood, M., Aghtaie, N., Larkins, C., Lanau, A. and Overlien, C. (2016) Pornography, sexual coercion and abuse and sexting in young people’s intimate relationships: A European study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. pp. 1-26. ISSN 0886-2605

Vearey, J., Barter, C., Hynes, P. and McGinn, A. (2016) Research ethics in practice: lessons from studies exploring intimate partner violence in different contexts, Families, Relationships and Societies, 26th August 2016.

Wood, M., Barter, Stanley, N., Överlien, C., et al., (2015) Images across Europe: The sending and receiving of sexual images (sexting) and associations with intimate partner violence in young people’s relationships, Youth Services Review. 59, 149-160.