Who does what to whom

This research, published in June 2009 and based on data fromNorthumbria Police gives fascinating insight into the differences between male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Taking back control: The health, mental health and well-being benefits of accessing Rape Crisis counselling 

Rape Crisis Centres have provided support to survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence in England and Wales since the late 1970s. However, the last decade has seen sustained funding difficulties and there is little research to demonstrate their impact (particularly on outcomes).  This action research project developed and piloted a tool called the ‘Taking Back Control’ tool that measures the impact of Rape Crisis counselling over time. The research team believed this to be the first study of its kind. 



From Report to Court: Rape cases and the criminal justice system in the North East

This research was commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation to examine progression of individual cases relating to rape through the criminal justice system, from reporting to conviction, across three police force  areas in the North East of England. The study came about due to concerns within the criminal justice sector in  the region that little is known about the detailed pattern of progression, attrition or related criminal justice system practice in rape cases. The full report is also ava

Domestic violence perpetrator programmes: Steps toward change

Project Mirabal was a major research project which lasted from 2009 to 2015. Professors Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University), Nicole Westmarland (Durham University), and Charlotte Watts (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Northern Rock Foundation to investigate 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.

More than support to court: ISVAs on Teesside

This research was commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation to fill a gap in knowledge about the involvement of sexual violence services in supporting victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse on Teesside, including cases progressing through the criminal justice system.

Joining the Dots – the combined burden of violence, abuse and poverty in the lives of women

One in seven of all women in poverty (14%), which is one million women, have faced the most extensive violence and abuse. This is more than twice the rate for women not in poverty (6%), according to a report released today by Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

Agenda’s report, joining the dots, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is the first to combine data on women’s experiences of poverty, mental health, life circumstances, and abuse and violence, to paint a picture of how different forms of inequality combine in the lives of women in poverty in England.

Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers: preventing and reducing the harm

AVA and Alcohol Concern have released joint guidence and research on Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers: preventing and reducing the harm. The guidance is based on lessons learnt from a review of Domestic Homicide Reviews where alcohol was involved. It highlights how domestic violence should be better understood and explored as a reason why individuals may not engage with alcohol treatment. The guidance has been written for all services supporting people affected by alcohol and domestic abuse and aims to:


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