Dr. Kelly Bracewell

Research Associate

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA326

+44 (0) 1772 89 3667

Full Profile

Kelly's previous experience includes work in the voluntary sector working with victims/ survivors of domestic violence and abuse – men, women, children and young people.  She has also worked on a number of research projects 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. 

Current work includes the pilot of a bystander intervention on campus and teaching on research and research methods.

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.  She was awarded the Inspirational Woman Award by the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2014.

Kelly has presented her PhD research ‘Teenagers’ Experiences of Domestic Violence Refuges’ at local, national and European conferences.


  • PhD, University of Central Lancashire, 2017
  • MA (by Research), University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • BA (Hons) First Class, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2008

Research Activities

Current funded research

  • Safe Lives/ Women’s Aid Road Map evaluation of domestic violence services, funded by Big Lottery Fund, with Professor Nicky Stanley (PI), Dr Christine Barter, Dr Khatidja Chantler, Dr Rachel Robbins and Dr Helen Richardson-Foster.
  • 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.
  • UK Women and Girls scoping study: violence against women and girl’s services in Lancashire, funded by Comic Relief. Dr Christine Barter and Dr Kelly Bracewell.
  • VAWG service provision across Lancashire: Transition Evaluation, funded by Comic Relief. Dr Christine Barter and Dr Kelly Bracewell.


Bracewell, K. (2017) Teenagers’ Experiences of Domestic Violence Refuges. Research Summary Report.

Larkins, C, Moxon, D. and Bracewell, K. (2018) ‘If I need them they're there’ Evaluation of Family Action’s Safe Haven Service for Young People in Care. Project Report. University of Central Lancashire, University of Central Lancashire.

Larkins, C., Bracewell, K., Charfe, L., Farrelly, N., Lloyd, J. and Moxon, D. (2015) Evaluation of a Leaving Care Service: Final Report, University of Central Lancashire.

McCracken, K., FitzSimons, A., Bracewell, K., Priest, S., Torchia, K. and Márquez, S. (2016) Rethinking Domestic Abuse in Doncaster: Research Report, OpCit Research and Growing Futures.

McCracken, K., FitzSimons, A., Priest, S., and Bracewell, K., with Stanley, N. (2017) Evaluation of Growing Futures

McCracken, K., Priest, S., FitzSimons, A., Bracewell, K., Torchia, K. and Parry, W. with Stanley, N. (2017) Social Care: 'Pause Programme' evaluation