Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs joined the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit at London Met as a Research Fellow in 2013. She has worked within the violence against women and girls sector since 2006. In 2016, Nicola was made a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Fellow and awarded a grant to carry out research exploring innovative approaches to economic abuse overseas.
Nicola’s research interests include economic abuse as a form of coercive control, rebuilding lives after domestic violence, coordinated community responses to domestic violence, and "going missing" in the context of woman and child abuse. She has published book chapters and journal articles on her doctoral studies which explore the links between going missing forced marriage and child sexual exploitation.
At CWASU, Nicola has completed longitudinal research exploring how women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence. More recently, she has undertaken research on the prevalence of financial abuse and analysis of themes emerging from domestic homicide reviews. She has also contributed to other CWASU projects, including research to explore the routes by which perpetrator programmes contribute to coordinated community responses to domestic violence; an evaluation of a partnership to develop a specialist service for Albanian speaking women experiencing violence in London; the development of core standards for services supporting survivors of violence against women and girls; research on cultural encounters in interventions against violence and the role of self-defence in the prevention of Violence Against Women.
- Sharp, N (2016) Hidden Links: Going Missing as an Indicator of Child Sexual Exploitation in Shalev-Greene, K and Alys, L (eds.) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research (Farnham) Ashgate
- Sharp, N (2016) To Honour and Obey: Forced Marriage and Going Missing in Shalev-Greene, K and Alys, L (eds.) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research (Farnham) Ashgate
- Kelly, L & Sharp-Jeffs, N (2016) Knowledge and Know-How: The Role of Self-Defence in the Prevention of Violence against Women
- Coy, M & Sharp-Jeffs, N (2016) Changing Our Heads: Evaluation of the partnership between Shpresa Programme and Solace Women’s Aid to develop a specialist service for Albanian Speaking Women experiencing violence in London (London) CWASU
- Sharp, N (2015) Keeping it from the Community Community Safety – Special Edition on Child Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Violence and Community Safety 14(1) 56-66
- Sharp-Jeffs, N (2015) Money Matters: Research into the extent and nature of financial abuse within intimate relationships in the UK (London) The Co-operative Bank/Refuge
- Sharp-Jeffs, N (2015) A Review of Research and Policy on Financial Abuse within Intimate Partner Relationships (London) CWASU
- Kelly, L, Sharp, N and Klein, R (2014) Finding the Costs of Freedom: How women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence (London) Solace Women’s Aid/CWASU
- Sharp, N (2013) Missing from Discourse: South Asian Young Women and Sexual Exploitation in Melrose, M and Pearce, J (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation and Related Trafficking (Basingstoke) Palgrave Macmillan
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs
Research Fellow at London Met's Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU)