Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU)

The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Metropolitan University is recognised as a centre of excellence, with an international reputation for research, evaluation, training and consultancy.

Established in 1987, we have over two decades of experience in conducting independent feminist research that creates useful knowledge for policy makers, practitioners, survivors, supporters and activists. CWASU is the only research unit in Europe that integrates a focus on all forms of violence against women and child abuse. We've been at the forefront of developing innovative methodologies and continue to explore new ways of creating and analysing knowledge.

CWASU has a vibrant postgraduate culture; the unit was the first in Europe to run the MA in Woman and Child Abuse and has 11 PhD students. We have also welcomed post-doctoral visiting researchers from Europe, Latin America and Central Asia.

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CWASU news and press coverage

May 2016

A new report has been released about the evaluation of a specialist sexual exploitation intervention for young women, delivered by the nia project. The report includes young women's perspectives and those of workers delivering the project, and concludes that a feminist relational approach to supporting young women is crucial.

March 2016

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, research fellow at CWASU, was chosen from 1,000 candidates to win the prestigious Winston Chuchill Travelling Fellowship, which involved travelling to the USA and Australia to learn more about how we can help women suffering from financial abuse. Read the full article in The Guardian Series.

8 March: Today on International Women's DayProf Liz Kelly and Dr Maddy Coy of CWASU attended a reception at Downing Street to celebrate the ongoing work of many women's organisations. Many of those attending are partners of CWASU in work to end violence against women.

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February 2016

Report launch: A report commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade on how to implement the Sex Buyer Law in the UK was launched on Tuesday, 23 February. Dr Maddy Coy from CWASU, co-founder of the Nordic Model Information Network, was appointed as a Commissioner along with other experts on prostitution. The full report will be available on the End Demand UK website from Tuesday, 23 February.

See Liz Kelly’s comments quoted in The Guardian, 12 February where she brings extensive research findings to the debate this week concerning appropriate levels of scepticism from the police in following up reports of rape and sexual abuse. 

December 2015: CWASU delivered two successful events recently attracting over 200 people and both ending with vibrant Q&A sessions. 

Outliving Oneself: Surviving Sexual Violence: A conversation between Professor Susan Brison and Professor Liz Kelly
Susan Brison is a US philosophy professor who wrote the critically important book Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self and a more recent piece Everyday Atrocities and Ordinary Miracles: Or Why I (Still) Bear Witness to Sexual Violence (But Not Too Often). Her radical thinking informs the MA teaching in CWASU.

Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. The speaker was Mona Eltahawy, who is an award-winning writer and outspoken feminist, focusing on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. Mona was one of Newsweek magazine’s 150 Fearless Women of 2012. She talked about her recent book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.

Contact details

Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
London Metropolitan University
Tower Building, Room TM1-71
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7133 5251
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