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SISER Projects and Publications

We are developing an evidence base on "What Works" and working with commissioners and professionals to value the important work that they do to further our understanding of pertinent issues facing society. As a research institute, sharing our research, practice and learning is at the heart of what we do. 

We're delighted to introduce our first annual report, packed full with exciting examples, case studies & outcomes of engaging research undertaken in collaboration with statutory and non-statutory agencies as well as our Visiting Fellows!  To view the SISER Annual Report, please click on the link here

For further information on our projects and to download research reports, click the links below.

Domestic Abuse Projects

Completed projects

An evaluation of the Venta programme: a project aimed at men who have abused or are likely to abuse women

Principal Investigator: Dr Olumide Adisa

This report examines the impact of the programme work with male clients who are male perpetrators abusing female partners/ex-partners, based on the referrals received into Venta in 2018. It analyses the data in relation to referrals and men’s engagement with the Venta programme in 2018. Venta at ICENI, based in Ipswich, Suffolk involved a pilot intervention with low, medium and high-risk male perpetrators of domestic abuse (DA) who have abused or are likely to abuse their female partners/ex-partners in Suffolk. Each group ran for 16 weeks with a 2.5-hour session held every week and a 4-hour session on a Saturday at the beginning. The programme also includes two 1-hour initial assessment sessions. Venta offers a space for exploration, understanding, learning and growing. A total of 108 stakeholders, including offenders, practitioners and other agencies, were consulted using questionnaires, focus groups, and interviews.  

The project undertook two pilots with 24 men (who happened to be mostly White British) and validated pre- and post- outcome questionnaires were collected from 12 completers across both cohorts. 

Venta has been purposely designed to work with men who have abused women and are likely to behave in a violent, abusive, coercive or controlling way within intimate relationships with women. Participation is free and voluntary. The key aim of the project is to help men work towards understanding and changing that behaviour. Evidence on changes in behaviour for the completers has been presented in the report.  

Data for the evaluation was collected using the following methods: 

  1. Questionnaires used with clients about their demographic profile, their history of violence and abuse, any criminal involvement, and self-report of health and well-being, with data taken at intake and at exit 
  1. Focus groups with Venta’s male clients 
  1. Stakeholder focus groups with Venta facilitators and other ICENI staff and directors.  
  1. Interviews with the two key staff members implementing the project 
  1. Two case studies of male clients 
  1. Online survey of professionals’ perceptions of the programme and its value. 

For access to the full report click here:


A mixed methods evaluation of a bespoke money advice service to support domestic abuse victims/survivors (2018)

Principal Investigator: Dr Olumide Adisa

The aim of this outcome evaluation was to examine the effectiveness of a bespoke Money Advice Service (MAS) in achieving financial capability outcomes to support domestic abuse survivors, as provided by Anglia Care Trust (ACT). This report describes the work undertaken by the MAS and the key findings of the evaluation. The evaluation was funded through the What Works Fund.

The research has been disseminated through a unique knowledge exchange event, hosted by the University. Additionally, the research has been featured on the ‘UK Financial Capability Strategy’s website Blog which helped raise awareness of economic abuse and led to some media interest. The research findings will be permanently deposited in the What Works Fund Evidence Hub and will be widely accessible to the public. The research will be published in an academic journal.

For access to the full report click here:

PDF iconA003 MAS ACT Financial Capabiliy Evaluation Report.pdf

Ongoing projects (PI: Dr Olumide Adisa)

  • 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 (partners: Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) and Solace Women's Aid)
  • Evaluation of the Domestic Abuse and Economic Abuse (DEAP) project (Banking element) (partners: SEA, Money Advice Plus)
  • Evaluation of the Suffolk Refuges - Suffolk County Council.
  • Examining the impact and sustainability of MARACS - a scoping study
  • Supporting more effective health service responses to survivors of violence and abuse (Evidence Briefing)


Understanding domestic abuse in Suffolk - A study of the experiences of survivors by Prof Emma Bond (2015)


Online Abuse and Safeguarding Projects

Completed projects

Online Harassment and Hate Crime in HEIs – report from FOI

By Professor Andy Phippen and Professor Emma Bond (January 2020)

In this report Profs Emma Bond and Andy Phippen explore university’s approach to supporting students who might be victims on online abuse, looking at issues such as policies, the recording of incidents, routes for support and training. Using Freedom of Information requests to explore the sector, the report shows a worrying picture of institutions who have little idea how to address online abuse (and in some cases do not see it as their concern), a failure to define policy to support practice, and demonstrates a sector wide lack of staff training.

For access to the full report click here

Higher Education Online Safeguarding Self-Review Took 2019

By Professor Emma Bond and Professor Andy Phippen

The Digital Civility project at the University of Suffolk is an innovative initiative that received funding through the HEFCE Catalyst fund. The University aims to increase digital civility, improve the online safety of students in relation to online abuse, harassment, and hate crime over the coming year, with the support of the University of Suffolk Student Union, Student Services and Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research.  

For access to the full report click here

Safeguarding Students in Higher Education

Over the year 2017/2018, the university provided and promoted various educational materials, media campaigns, workshops and seminars on several aspects of online risk, such as indecent images and revenge pornography, devised and led by experts in the field.  It is envisaged that adopting a whole university and community-led approach, as well as identifying ‘what works’ for our students, should enable a substantial improvement in student digital safety and wellbeing.

In addition to the Blurring Boundaries and Virtual Violence conferences, consisting of workshops and talks from various experts within the field of online safeguarding, we have held training workshops and seminars for both staff and students. These include responding to disclosures of online sexual abuse and reporting and removing indecent images online. Furthermore, discussion groups as well as awareness raising materials and educational resources have and will continue to be employed across the campus, the VLE and social media.

For more information on the project see: Safeguarding Students in Higher Education 

Police Response to Youth Offending Around the Generation and Distribution of Indecent Images of Children and its Implications

By Professor Emma Bond and Professor Andy Phippen; Research conducted for the Marie Collins Foundation Spring 2019

For access to the full report please click here

Online Peer on Peer Abuse: A National Survey of Teachers and Safeguarding Leads in England and Scotland

Principle Investigators: Professor Emma Bond, Professor Andy Phippen & Katie Tyrrell

For access to the full report click here

Revenge Pornography Helpline - Evaluation of the Pilot Project (March 2016)

Principal Investigators: Professor Emma Bond and Dr Cristian Dogaru

The Revenge Pornography Helpline was set up in February 2015 to provide advice, support and practical help for victims.  This evaluation has presented an analysis of the first 13 months of activity for the Revenge Pornography Helpline.  At the time of the evaluation (February – March, 2016) the Revenge Pornography Helpline had offered individualised support and advice and provided practical help in trying to get online images and videos removed from websites and a variety of social media.

For access to the full report click here

Revenge Pornography Helpline - Evaluation of annual helpline data (March 2018)

Principal Investigators: Professor Emma Bond and Katie Tyrrell

This evaluation has presented an analysis of 12 months of activity for the Revenge Pornography Helpline from April 2017-March 2018.  The quantitative and qualitative data reflects a highly successful service in providing specialist advice, signposting and legal support in removing online content. The combination of practical and emotional support ensures a holistic and individualistic service which meets the needs of victims of image-based sexual abuse. 

For access to the full report click here

Multi-agency E-safety Crime Prevention (MESCP) project

Final Report by Professor Emma Bond and Vanessa Rawlings, December 2016

For access to the full report click here

Violence against Women and Girls Online: Amnesty International

Principal Investigators: Katie Tyrrell and Azmina Dhrodia (Amnesty International)

Working alongside Amnesty International researchers, focus groups with young female students within college and university were conducted to investigate experiences of gender-based violence online. Findings indicate diverse use of social media platforms across participants with unwanted contact, harassment and bullying online featuring, either through personal or indirect experience via friends and family. Findings will inform international campaigns and movement within Amnesty International to address the responsibilities of large social media companies such as Twitter.

National Citizen Service - Young people's perceptions of online safety educational programmes

Principle Investigators: Vanessa Rawlings and Katie Tyrrell

Youth Interventions - Crime and Social Justice

Young People’s Perceptions of Provision and Opportunities in Suffolk Report

Principal Investigator: Katie Tyrrell, Research Associate, March 2019

This research reflects the voices and perspectives of 77 young people from the ages of 11-18 years old, captured within focus group discussions, across communities within urban and rural areas of Suffolk. Focusing particularly upon young people’s perceptions of safety, provision and opportunities within their community, the research aimed to build an evidence base to enhance service development, inform future investment into youth provision and help forge resilient communities.

For access to the full report click here:


Youth Engagement: Exploring methods of engagement and feedback with young people

Principal Investigator: Katie Tyrrell, Research Associate, Sept 2018

This research involved asking young people themselves about the most appropriate and efficient methods for communicating and engaging with young people in Ipswich, as well as their views of current or upcoming activity of the DfE-funded Ipswich Opportunity Area programme, with a focus on involving young people’s voice in decision making and policy development.

For access to the full report click here:


Diversion Programme

This project provides insight into the impact of youth justice interventions, which endorse rehabilitation and restoration as opposed to formal sanctions against juvenile offenders. Using a mixed-methods approach the project highlights the importance of holistic, person-centred approaches and a multi-agency joint decision making process within youth justice interventions. The evaluation will inform future developments and the sustainability of the programme within Suffolk, as well as potentially informing national practice. 

Principal Investigators: Katie Tyrrell, Mark Manning, and Cristian Dogaru 

For access to the full report click here: PDF iconDiversion Evalution Report 2017.pdf


Lowestoft Rising: Progress to Employment - A study of the experiences of young people in Lowestoft who are long-term unemployed by Professor Emma Bond, Mark Manning and David James (2015)


Voluntary Sector Research

Completed projects

Public Perceptions of the VCSE sector in Suffolk, in partnership with Community Action Suffolk 

Principal Investigator: Dr Olumide Adisa

Assessing the confidence levels of charity managers (risk, governance, and compliance to regulations)

Principal Investigator: Dr Olumide Adisa

Community Justice

Completed projects

Access to Justice: Assessing the impact of the Magistrates’ Court Closures in Suffolk

In March 2017, following significant public interest in the recent court closures in Suffolk, the University of Suffolk was commissioned to investigate the impact of the magistrates’ court closures on those most affected, particularly on those having to travel long distances. The research, undertaken by Dr Olumide Adisa, was conducted between March 2017 and May 2017, the research period was extended to November 2017 to allow additional time to include court data from Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

The study used a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer a set of broad research questions. Verified quantitative local court data drawn locally and centrally from HMCTS was used to provide information on the impact of the court closures. The research conducted interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders who represent the interests of various court users including members of the judiciary, Suffolk Constabulary, Probation and Suffolk County Council.

The dissemination of the research is ongoing and as such, the wider research impact is emerging. Nonetheless, it has garnered media interest, particularly in light of continuing court closures in rural locations in East Anglia and further field. The research will be published in an academic journal.

Principal Investigator: Dr Olumide Adisa

Community Health and Well-being

Evaluation of the Sue Ryder Dementia Together service - March 2019

Principal Investigators - Dr Ruth Strudwick, Katie Tyrrell, Andrea Tocca, Christopher Hayre

Dementia Together provides practical information and support for people living with dementia and their carers in Suffolk. The University of Suffolk were commissioned to complete an evaluation based on outcomes for people living with dementia identified when the service model was designed.

For access to the full report click here: 


Well being and Physical Activity Report

The aim of this project is to identify the impact of various sporting and physical activities upon the wellbeing and activity levels of individuals across younger (11-25 years) and older (50-80 years) generations in Suffolk using a mixed methods approach. The outcomes can also enable an evaluation of the feasibility of replication and increasing the scale of activities to contribute toward an increasingly active county. The project outcomes will add to the increasing academic evidence base for the impact of physical activities upon mental health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to periods of transition. The findings will evidence for the effectiveness of activities based on participants perspectives, and if positive will lead to increased  physical activity provision within the wider community. The project is featured within the Centre for Health and Wellbeing, and is an integral part of the universities continued engagement in local community-based research.

Principal Investigators: Katie Tyrrell and Vanessa Rawlings

For access to the full report click here: 

PDF iconWell-being and Physical Activity Report 2018.pdf

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