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About the Centre for Abuse Research

The Centre for Abuse Research (CARe) takes a “What Works” approach to improving the evidence base on domestic abuse to inform service provision, with wider implications for policy and practice. It has been set-up to help develop research and evaluation capacity in organisations through training, consultancy, and development.

Our research is designed to develop world-class research excellence across the topic of domestic violence and abuse as well as intersecting areas. CARe will continue to build on our research specialism of evaluating domestic abuse interventions and undertaking policy-focused research. Our aim is to be multidisciplinary drawing on the expertise of academics across the University and beyond.

Related ongoing research by our members are below: 

  • Examining Domestic Abuse Champions initiatives in the UK including a case study of Suffolk’s DA Champions pilot project. 

  • Evaluating the Norfolk and Suffolk “Project SafetyNet” (PSN+) pilot service for migrant domestic abuse victims 

  • The Economic Justice project - routine screening for economic abuse into the delivery of domestic violence services  

  • Evaluation of the Domestic Abuse and Economic Abuse (DEAP) project (Banking element) 

  • Evaluation of the Suffolk Refuges 

  • Examining the impact and sustainability of MARACS - a scoping study 

  • Evaluation of Venta (Domestic violence- working with men who use abusive behaviour) – Follow-up phase 

  • Supporting more effective health service responses to survivors of violence and abuse (Evidence Briefing) 

  • FoS3: Ascertaining the cost of delayed disclosure, ineffective interventions and missed opportunities across health services 

Related impact to date: 

  • Our research on access to services for victims of domestic abuse in 2015 helped inform the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy in Suffolk to improve gaps in provision 

  • Undertook a ground-breaking partnership survey of adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) from across the UK in 2015 

  • In 2017, a survivor-centred research to ascertain the personal experiences of services and journeys of adult survivors of CSA towards effective intervention. This work was launched at a national conference in 2018. 

  • In 2018, the evaluation of an innovative money advice service for victims/survivors of domestic abuse is helping to inform financial capability of "at risk" groups nationally   

  • The creation of Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet) in 2019 is supporting knowledge exchange events and collaborative research on domestic abuse.