Since DMU’s SVDV Research Network began, members have collaborated with external partners on a number of projects.

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. DMU SVDV Research Network members have conducted research and evaluations with professional partners across the county focussing on:

  • – Public engagement and widening access to SVDV services
  • – Service user involvement in the development and governance of SVDV services
  • – Adolescent to parent/guardian violence
  • – Violence Against Women and Girls No More
  • – Refuge support for domestic abuse victim/survivors with complex needs

Opportunities for collaboration between researchers and practitioners has been created by the Network’s national conference events. The first was part funded by the Social Policy Association and took place in 2013, culminating in an edited collection published by Palgrave: Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Protection, Prevention and Intervention (2016). Contributions came from both academics and practitioners across the domestic violence spectrum.