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Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA)

Based within the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) is dedicated to improving knowledge about interpersonal violence and abuse and to improving professional and societal responses. As such, the Centre has research impact at its core. CRiVA researchers have strong connections with the voluntary sector based around working towards ending violence and abuse in society, and this is a driving force in the work of the Centre.

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse was launched in June 2013, and has as its Director Professor Nicole Westmarland, with Professor Clare McGlynn as Deputy Director. We currently have around 300 members, consisting of 80 staff and students from within the university and around 220 members from outside of the university, from local and national organisations and individuals from across the country.

Anyone with an interest in violence and abuse research is welcome to join CRiVA. As well as academics and community members, students are particularly encouraged to join and get involved in academic research projects and discussions. There is a national surge of interest from students campaigning against violence and abuse on campus, particularly the way it links with ‘lad culture’, and CRiVA warmly welcomes the increase of student activism in this area.

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CRiVA has an active community of postgraduate researchers who are conducting research in a number of areas, including:

  • A new therapeutic intervention programme for children who have experienced sexual abuse (Josie Phillips)
  • Sexual violence against older women (Hannah Bows)
  • The experiences of European migrant women seeking support for domestic abuse from institutions in the UK (Kelly Johnson)
  • Domestic violence perpetrators - the role of housing providers (Kelly Henderson)
  • How young men understand and use domestic violence primary prevention campaigns (Stephen Burrell)
  • Symbolic violence, women selling sex and trafficking in Hong Kong (Angie Ng)
  • Police responses to same-sex partner abuse victims (Kate Butterworth)
  • Understanding female perpetrated child sexual abuse in organisational contexts (Andrea Darling)
  • How children and young people who have lived with domestic violence experience housing and ideas of home (Kirsten Ellen Hall)
  • How the press reporting of sexual violence affects the everyday lives of rape survivors (Kathryn Royal)

Contact Details

Durham University,
DH1 3LE,
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000

How to get involved with CRiVA

To become a member contact