The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) is recognised as a centre of excellence, with an international reputation for research, evaluation, training and consultancy.
The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) is the only research unit in Europe that integrates a focus on all forms of violence against women and child abuse. We have over three decades of experience in conducting independent feminist research that creates useful knowledge for policy makers, practitioners, survivors, supporters and activists. We have completed over 125 research and evaluation projects and are known for our work on making connections between forms of gender violence as well as between violence against women and child protection. We are also at the forefront of developing innovative methodologies and we continue to explore new ways of creating and analysing knowledge, which take account of multiple social inequalities. The bespoke research tools created for two large projects in the past decade are currently being used by researchers in a range of other countries.
As special advisors to the British Council, the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) has undertaken international work in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, providing consultancy and training on research and policy. This international consultancy continues currently through work with the Council of Europe and UNWomen. We have welcomed postdoctoral degrees and visiting researchers each year from Europe, Latin America, Central Asia, the US and Oceania.
Within a vibrant postgraduate culture, our Woman and Child Abuse MA is a pioneering master's programme and our PhD students have and continue to research a range of original topics which impact social and policy responses to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Five of our graduates have moved into academic posts in other institutions and two have ground-breaking books in print. Five international PhD students (from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Australia and New Zealand) have completed parts of their thesis whilst located in the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.
Dr Maria Garner
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Dr Fiona Vera Gray
Professor Purna Sen, Visiting Professor
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs OBE, Emeritus Research Fellow
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Latest news from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit
The Whistleblowers: Inside the UN
Purna Sen, Visiting Professor of London Met’s Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, features in a new BBC documentary on wrongdoing and abuse in the UN.
Mayor of London launches new violence against women and girls strategy
The strategy, which takes a public health approach to violence against women and girls, was developed by London Met’s Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs celebrates OBE at Buckingham Palace
The London Met researcher was awarded an OBE for her services to victims of domestic and economic abuse. She attended the Royal Garden Party with family.
How can we end male violence against women?
Professor Liz Kelly joined a BBC Radio panel in sharing stories, tactics, goals, and challenges in the campaign to end male violence against women.
Sanctuary and freedom for women and girls
A new report co-written by Professor Liz Kelly explores the impact and importance of spaces for women and girls who have experienced violence, abuse and other inequalities.
Joining the dots
The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit are set to host international webinar series on violence against women.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Professor Liz Kelly, Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, comments on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
London Met gender equality expert appointed as Special Advisor to the Prosecutor at the ICC
Professor Purna Sen is one of three new appointments set to serve as the Prosecutor's Special Advisors in the International Criminal Court.
Developing a public health framework to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls
London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit will develop the city of London’s next Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, focused on prevention and early intervention.
London Met academic named Charity Times Rising Star of the Year
Dr Nicola Sharps-Jeff, emeritus fellow of CWASU and CEO of Surviving Economic Abuse, was recognised for her impact in raising awareness and transforming responses to economic abuse.
Above and beyond: Delivering support services remotely
Professor Liz Kelly, Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, and MA student Selma Taha, comment on the challenges faced by support services during the pandemic.
New research to inform national change in police approach to sexual violence
London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit collaborated with experts around the UK on a project to improve the experiences of victims and tighten the grip on offenders.
Exploring the links between extremism and violence against women
London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit is undertaking research on religious and racial supremacist movements and how they connect to violence against women and girls.
London Met academic helps secure compensation for thousands of abuse survivors
As many as 2000 individuals who were abused in the care of Islington Council could receive compensation, following the work of the Islington Survivors Network.