Prof. Khatidja Chantler

Professor of Gender-based Violence and Abuse and Social Work

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA324

+44 (0) 1772 89 2777

Subject Areas: Social Work & Social Policy, Mental Health, Counselling & Psychotherapy

Khatidja Chantler is Professor of Gender-based Violence and Abuse and Social Work. She has worked as an independent researcher, has undertaken consultancy work and is a supervisor of research students as well as mental health professionals. Prior to joining the academy, she worked in health and social care settings in the UK in statutory and voluntary sectors for over 25 years. She is also a counsellor and has secured grant funding for research in gender based violence.

Professor Chantler is a Co-Director of the  Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm. She is also a member of the Centre for Citizenship and Community.

Full Profile

Her PhD students have researched aspects of self-harm and domestic abuse and she welcomes doctoral students in any of the research areas identified above. She has published widely in British, European and International peer-reviewed journals; book chapters; and co-authored books: i) Attempted Suicide and Self-harm: South Asian Women ii) Domestic Violence and Minoritisation iii) Gender and Migration: Feminist Interventions. She is a regular reviewer for British Journal of Social Work; Feminism & Psychology and others; reviews books and grant proposals for the ESRC.

  • PhD Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2005
  • Diploma in Casework Supervision, PCCS 2001
  • Diploma in Advanced Therapeutic Person-centred Counselling, City College, Manchester, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Management Sciences, Warwick University


Chantler, K. (2012) Recognition of and Intervention in Forced Marriage, Journal of Trauma, Violence and Abuse 13 (3) pp 176-183 doi: 10.1177/1524838012448121

Chantler, K (2013). ‘What’s Love got to do with Marriage?’ Families, Relationships and Societies, DOI:

Hunter, C., Chantler, K., Cooper, J., and Kapur, N. (2013) Service user perspectives on psychosocial assessment following self-harm and its impact on further help-seeking: a qualitative study, Journal of Affective Disorders Vol 145(3) pp 315-323  DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.08.009

Saini, P; While, D; Chantler, K; Windfuhr, K; Kapur, N. (2014) Assessment and management of suicide risk in primary care, Crisis DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000277

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Teaching Activities

Research methods teaching on BA (Hons) and MA Social Work


  • Domestic abuse, including forced marriage
  • Attempted suicide and self-harm
  • Asylum and Migration
  • Gender and Ethnicity


  • Forced marriage (Funder: Home Office)
  • Domestic and sexual violence in same sex relationships and male victims (Funder: Home Office)
  • Domestic violence in minoritised communities (Funder: European Union Social Fund )
  • Attempted suicide and self-harm (South Asian women) (Funder: Manchester, Salford and Trafford Health Action Zone)
  • An Analysis of Drug Services to Black Communities (Funder: Single Regeneration Board, Greater Manchester)


Prof. Chantler has presented at numerous conferences regionally, nationally and internationally.