Since the SVDV Research Network was established in 2013, academics and students at De Montfort University have forged strong working relationships with the Leicester City Council Community Safety team and the County’s sexual violence and domestic violence development groups. As well as running seminar events, open to practitioners in the region and hosting the Adult and Children’s Safeguarding Board Conference in 2014, this partnership has resulted in a number of research/professional practice project collaborations. Currently SVDV Research Network members are involved in research projects with professional partners across the county focussing on:

  • Adolescent to parent/guardian violence
  • Serial perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Service user involvement in the development and governance of  SVDV services
  • Public engagement and widening access to SVDV services

Undergraduate Criminology students, Sophie Hoey, Aleksandra Smagiel and Kayleigh Perrett (pictured here with their supervisor Sarah Hilder) have been working hard over the summer 2016 period interviewing local professionals and researching strategies which might increase public engagement with SVDV issues and support. They are reporting back to Leicester City colleagues in the autumn and their work will also form the basis of their final year dissertations for their degrees! Many thanks to everyone who has given up their time to support this initiative!