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Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet)

Welcome to the Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet)

The Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet) has been created to support knowledge exchange events, enable practitioners and academics to connect with current issues and research on domestic abuse in the region. This has the potential to lead to collaborative research projects and funding from other sources in the future.  The aim of the network is to be inclusive, drawing on expertise in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge. DARNet is currently based in the Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research (SISER).  

DARNet has been financially supported by the University of Suffolk, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Suffolk County Council, Economic and Social Research Council, and Language Acts and Worldmaking (Kings College London).

Aims and Objectives: 

  • Identify and develop key research priorities/areas, and collaborative research partnerships. 

  • Share high quality local, national and international research at relevant domestic abuse boards in the region. 

  • Support the development of research and evaluation capacity for voluntary organisations and statutory agencies 

  • Support the creation of an active virtual network where relevant knowledge is regularly shared and discussed. 

The network is open to anyone interested in domestic abuse issues and intersecting areas. 

How to join DARNet

Please complete the form to be added to the mailing list.

How your data is stored

We do not share your data with third-party agents but may use licensed third-party systems to store it. We only use systems that are secure and password-protected. We only store data necessary to send information about DARNet and we may store your data for up to 3 years. At any time, you can request to have all your data removed.


Past events

This event is organised by Dr Olumide Adisa and Fiona Costello at the University of Suffolk, co-produced with a number of local organisations supporting migrant women experiencing domestic abuse, with financial support from DARNet, ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, and Language Acts and Worldmaking.

Official Launch of the DA Research Network on 26 June 2019

Press releases:

Some feedback from participants:

"Thank you very much for arranging the evening... I'm a student nurse and can carry the knowledge gained going forwards to support victims not only in an acute setting but while working in the community. I loved the creativity and different ways imagined to support victims. It was very inspiring...What I found particularly useful was gaining an insight into the legal human rights of those individuals. I did not have the first clue about challenging this before the meeting.  It is very much my intention to advocate for all my patients so this information was extremely useful."

“Inspiring and impactful film, love hearing survivors’ voices…I will take some of this away and refer to it in the work I deliver. Thanks.”

“It’s clear that more training is needed in how to sensitively work with victims and to share knowledge between police forces.” 

Domestic Abuse Research Network Digest
Steering Group Members/ Academic Reference Group

Steering group members/academic reference group: 

  • Dr Olumide Adisa - University of Suffolk/DARNet Lead

  • Prof Emma Bond – University of Suffolk 

  • Dr Simon Kerss - Anglia Ruskin University

  • Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs - University of Suffolk /Surviving Economic Abuse 

  • Prof  Andy Phippen  - University of Suffolk/University of Plymouth 

  • Matt Bland – University of Suffolk/Cambridge Centre for Evidence Based Policing  

  • Katie Tyrrell - University of Suffolk

  • Prof Nigel South - University of Essex

  • Dr Ruth Weir – University of Essex 

  • Fiona Costello – University of Suffolk 

  • Liam Bannon - Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk 

  • Amanda Murr – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk 

  • Prof. Eylem Atakav – University of East Anglia 

  • Glenn Robinson – Iceni, Ipswich 

  • Richard Baldwin - Suffolk County Council  

  • Keith Whitton – Anglia Care Trust 

  • Min Grob – Empower Suffolk

  • Fiona Ellis – University of Suffolk/ Survivors in Transition 

  • Aisha Howells - University of Suffolk 

  • Jo Bigger/Katherine Ahluwalia - Lighthouse Women's Aid


For more information and to support the Domestic Abuse Research Network, please contact the Network Lead:

Dr Olumide Adisa 


Tel:    (0)1473 338760