Centre for Violence Prevention



By working together we will reduce the incidence of violence and abuse and create a safer society.


About the CVP

The Centre for Violence Prevention (CVP) is an interdisciplinary and inter-professional centre with an overall aim of providing a stimulating and inclusive environment in which to study and understand violence and abuse and its prevention - regardless of who it is perpetrated by, against or between.

Our vision is to become an international centre of excellence in violence prevention research, education and advocacy by bringing together a multidisciplinary team of academics and practitioners in order to develop and disseminate evidence-based practice.

The objectives of the CVP are:

  1. To promote academic scholarship through the provision of taught accredited courses, seminars, continuing professional development, training, conferences, partnership working and consultancy
  2. To engage in and lead local, national and international interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaborative research, evaluation and scholarship; thus developing an evidence base to inform and influence policy and practice
  3. To produce publications including peer reviewed journal articles, books, conference papers, briefing papers and other relevant documentation
  4. To encourage students to play an active role in teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, awareness raising and campaigning
  5. To commit to the participation of service providers and service users in teaching and learning, research and knowledge transfer
  6. To respond to and influence new, emerging and topical issues, strategy, policies, initiatives and opportunities in a timely manner via media comment, briefing and position papers and other methods as applicable


CVP Publications

Bowen, E., & Swift, C. (2017). The Prevalence and Correlates of Partner Violence Used and Experienced by Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review and Call to Action. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 1524838017728707. WRaP: http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/5756/

Taylor-Dunn, H., Bowen, E., Gilchrist, E. (2017). The Victim Journey – A participatory research project seeking the views and opinions of victims of stalking and harassment.  HMIC: London.  [Online] Available from: http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/publications/living-in-fear-the-police-and-cps-response-to-harassment-and-stalking/ [Accessed 12th July 2017] A video clip relating to this article can be accessed here.  

Bowen, E., (2017, in press). Conduct disorder symptoms in preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence: A comparative analysis of risk and resilience by genderInvited submission to special issue of Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Hellenbach, M., Elliott, S., Crookes, R., Gerard, J., Stamos, T., Poole, H., & Bowen, E. (2017, in press). The policing and detection of gun crime: Challenges to the effective policing of gun crime in EuropeEuropean Journal of Criminology.

Ellis, S., & Bowen, E. (2017, in press). Factors associated with desistance from prison violencePsychology, Crime & Law.

Taylor-Dunn (2017) Independent Domestic Violence Advisors in the Criminal Justice System - How Organisational Values and Beliefs Impact on Service Delivery.  Paper presented at the West Midlands Specialist Domestic Violence Consortium Conference ‘Coercive Control – Redressing the Balance’.

Jones, R., Gilchrist, E., McGregor, K., Stephens-Lewis, D., Taylor-Dunn, H., Richards, C. (2016) An Exploration of Healthcare Professionals’ Personal and Professional experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse.  A study commissioned by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Taylor-Dunn (2016) An Evaluation of the Freedom Programme for Professionals 2 Day Training Course ‘Understanding Coercive Control’. Project Report. University of Worcester.

Taylor-Dunn (2016) The impact on victim advocacy on the prosecution of domestic violence offences – lessons from a Realistic Evaluation. Criminology and Criminal Justice. [Online] 16 (1), 21-39

Gerard, J., Crookes, R., Elliott, S., Hellenbach, M., Stamos, T., Poole, H & Bowen, E. (2017, in press). The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories. Science and Justice