Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

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 Woman and Child Abuse MA and currently has 11 PhD students. We have also welcomed post-doctoral visiting researchers from Europe, Latin America and Central Asia.

Contact details

Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit
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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Follow us on Twitter: @CWASULonMet and @ProfLizKelly

Further information

Events from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

Staff associated with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

Maddy Coy

Deputy Director, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, Reader in Sexual Exploitation and Gender Inequality, Course leader MA Woman and Child Abuse

Liz Kelly

Professor of Sexualised Violence

Joanna Lovett

Senior Research Fellow, Child and Woman Abuse

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs is a Research Fellow at London Met's Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU)

Profiles for students associated with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

Yuba Raj Baral

International Health and Health Research Policy, PhD

"Before joining London Met as a research student, I worked as a lecturer with the Population Gender and Development Programme in Pokhara University, Nepal, and was involved with various public health-related research projects in Nepal."

Calogero Giametta

PhD student

"I have been conducting my research fieldwork with people who claim asylum in the UK because of fear of persecution in their countries of origin due to their sexual orientation and, or gender identity."

Terese Jonsson

PhD in contemporary feminism

"My aim is to explore what kind of stories of the feminist past are told (as well as what the silences are)."

Courses associated with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (short course)

This course is delivered by our world-leading Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit. It is ideal if you work in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence.

News from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

Expert to highlight the hidden problem of financial abuse

Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs will be presenting her research at Durham University and at Cardiff to raise awareness of financial abuse.

Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit joins ground-breaking Centre of Expertise consortium

London Met’s Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit has been announced as part of a consortium to bring about significant change in how child sexual abuse is responded to.

London Met commissioned to carry out review for national child sex abuse inquiry

London Met has been commissioned to carry out a review of literature as part of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

London Met academic nominated for top diversity award

Voting is now open to support Professor Liz Kelly at this year’s National Diversity Awards.

In conversation - Professor Liz Kelly and Dr Anastasia Powell

Liz Kelly is professor at London Metropolitan University, where she is director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.

Rehabilitation programmes for domestic violence perpetrators can work

The vast majority of men who abuse their partners stop their physical and sexual violence if they attend a domestic violence perpetrator programme, according to new research.