Publications and outputs

Reports and papers by the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit:

  • Literature Review: The Links Between Radicalisation and Violence Against Women, 2021. The literature review provides a focus on religious supremacism and fundamentalism on the one hand and racial or white supremacism, on the other. It explores what we know about the links between these formations and VAWG through five crosscutting themes: purity and imperialism; intimate partner and family violence; sexual violence; anti-feminism; and masculinity.
  • Extremism and VAWG Roundtable: A Summary, 2021. The round table report presents findings from discussions with the violence against women and girls sector on how extremism and radicalisation featured in their work, and their responses on what should or could be the role of the VAWG sector in challenging racial and religious supremacism.
  • Experiences of Intervention Against Violence An Anthology of Stories. Stories in four languages from England & Wales, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, 2019. The stories in the above anthology emerged from interviews with women and young people about their experience of intervention when they were escaping a situation of abuse, neglect and/or sexual exploitation. They come from the research project Cultural Encounters in Intervention Against Violence (CEINAV) in four countries – England and Wales.
  • Interventions against Child Abuse and Violence against Women: Ethics and Culture in Practice and Policy, 2019

  • Responses to Violence Encounter Complex Intersections of Power Relations, Rights, Culture and Ethics. This book offers perspectives from a four-country study of interventions on domestic violence, trafficking for sexual exploitation, physical child abuse and neglect.

  • Young People’s Attitudes Towards Violence, Sex and Relationships: A Survey and Focus Group Study, 2019 – A survey and focus group study on young people’s attitudes towards violence, sex and relationships. 
  • Bystanders Project: Final Comparative Paper, 2019. The Comparative Paper of the implementation and evaluation of the Speak Up/Out schools programme in four countries – England, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia.


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Finding the Costs of Freedom: How Women and Children Rebuild their Lives after Domestic Violence

In partnership with Solace women's aid this study followed the lives of 100 women over three years after they had exited a range of domestic violence services delivered by SOLACE. The study explored what factors worked in the lives of the women as obstacles and enablers for moving on with their lives following domestic violence. Through a multi-layered research methodology, the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) explored how women and children are able to grow their "space for action" after physically removing themselves from the coercive control exerted by the perpetrator over their everyday lives. Post-separation abuse was also explored as well as, experience of services and the legal system, changes in housing situation and how women's informal networks facilitated or interfered with efforts to create safety and freedom. Read more about this report...

Project Mirabel

This award-winning project is named after the three Mirabal sisters murdered in Dominican Republic, who became symbols of popular and feminist resistance to violence in South America where the date they were killed – November 25th – was designated a day to protest violence against women. Mirabel investigated the extent to which perpetrator programmes reduce violence and increase safety for women and children, and the routes by which they contribute to coordinated community responses to domestic violence. The research re-cast the research question of perpetrators beyond "do they work?", to address the limitations of previous studies, and introduce innovative directions in analysis. Read more about Project Mirabel outputs and resources.

Defelection, Denial and Disbelief: Social and Political Discourses about Child Sexual Abuse and their Infuence on Institional Responses

This rapid evidence assessment (REA) was commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) to explore the ways people have thought and spoken about child sexual abuse over the past eight decades (1940-2017). The REA helped to inform and provide context to the wider work of the inquiry by identifying dominant discourses which work to deflect or deny CSA, as well as counter discourses shaped around believing, recognising and supporting victims and survivors and looking at power relations. Read more about the REA...

Interventions Against Child Abuse and Violence Against Women: Ethics and Culture in Practice and Policy

This book offers insights and perspectives from a study of “Cultural Encounters in Intervention Against Violence" (CEINAV) in four EU countries. Seeking a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of intervention practices in Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, the team explored variations in institutional structures and traditions of law, policing and social welfare. Theories of structural inequality and ethics are discussed and translated into practice. Book available in pdf format.