Risk, Abuse and Violence programme

Programme Lead:  Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Aim of RAV

Our aim is to build a body of research and scholarly evidence in relation to Risk, Abuse and Violence that dovetails with and informs teaching and clinical activities in the University of Birmingham and builds on the evidence base within health and social care.  

Focus and vision

This research programme was formally established in September 2016 and builds on considerable research undertaken by core members in preceding years. Our vision is that RAV will give structure and identity to the risk, abuse and violence research activities in the School of Nursing. We will grow capacity and reach a critical mass within the RAV programme. We intend that the RAV programme will put University of Birmingham on the map as the university that undertakes high quality research and associated educational provision in risk, abuse and violence.


Staff members

  • Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones (RAV programme lead)
  • Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen
  • Marie Clancy
  • Dr Maria Clark
  • Dr Nikos Efstathiou
  • Dr Nutmeg Hallett
  • Professor Julie Taylor
  • Dr Chris Wagstaff

Student members

  • Louise Isham (PhD student F/T) When Elderly People Abuse their Carers (Bradbury-Jones & Hewison)
  • Rosa Keneally (PhD student F/T) An exploration of midwives’ experiences in their role in responding to DVA towards women in pregnancy (Bradbury-Jones, Ward & Clark)
  • Susan Waigwa (PhD student F/T) Health Education as an Intervention to Prevent Female Genital Mutilation (Taylor, Bradbury-Jones and Doos)

Affiliated members

In addition to the core team we have multiple affiliated members. They are affiliated by virtue of their close work with us. The affiliated members are multiple organisations (e.g. NSPCC, Women’s Aid, NHS, HEIs) and international (e.g. USA, Finland, New Zealand).  

Examples of current/very recent RAV projects

2017 Bradbury-Jones, C., McGarry, J., Adams, P., Sheridan, J., Kishchenko, S., Sheridan, J., McFeely, C. & Hegarty, K. Developing an inter-professional U21 curriculum for Gender Based Violence as an interactive learning resource. U21.

2017 Hallett, N. & Wagstaff, C. Prevalence of aggression experienced by nursing students during clinical placements: Cross-sectional survey.

2017   Carrick-Sen, D Scoping of current gaps and service provision of Perinatal Mental Health Services in Birmingham and Solihull.

2017 Carrick-Sen, D Service user experience of perinatal mental health in Birmingham, using poetic narrative story-telling.

2017 Carrick-Sen, D; Young, M; Type and efficacy of natural sex selection methods: A systematic review.

2017 Carrick-Sen, D; Shepherd, L. Preventing adrenal renal crisis through a behaviour base intervention. 

2016 Bradbury-Jones, C. & Ward, N. Gender, Sexual Diversity and Professional Practice Learning (The DAPPLE project). Education Enhancement Fund UoB.              

2016 Whittaker, A.; Elliott, L.; Dawe, S.; Harnett, P.; Taylor, J; Kirk, C.; Littlewood, P.; Stoddart, A. Improving outcomes for children and families affected by paternal substance use: a feasibility study of the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) programme with a focus on fathers.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Taylor, J. Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS): Evaluation of two Birmingham sites.

2016 Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Child Protection Issues in Military Families. NSPCC.

2015 Whittaker, A.; Elliott, L.; O’Farrell, T.; Taylor, J; Klostermann, K.; Stoddart, A. Behavioural Couples Therapy as an adjunct to opioid substitution therapy for drug dependent parents.

2015 Lewis, A., Clark, M. & Bradbury-Jones, C. Public health nurses’ knowledge and confidence in promoting positive sexual health of young people who use technology to share self-images known as ‘selfies’ and/or ‘sexting’.

2015 Bradbury-Jones, C. & Hewison, A. When Elderly People Abuse their Carers: A mixed-methods study to investigate the health and social care needs of carers.

2015 Optimity Matrix; Taylor, J. Approaches to improve identification and referral of children and young people who display sexually harmful behavior. Economic evaluation.

2015 Levy, S.; Taylor, J. Child protection digital playground. Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme. 

Selected publications


Bradbury-Jones, C., Clark, M.T. & Taylor, J. (2017) Abused women’s experiences of a primary care identification and referral intervention: A case study analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. In press.

Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Duncan, F., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A., Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2017)  Conducting sensitive research with disabled women who experience domestic abuse during pregnancy: Lessons from a qualitative study. SAGE Research Methods. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473989139

Clarke, C.; Taylor, J.; Schwannauer, M. Reconceptualising risk and resilience, London: Dunedin Academic Press. In press.

McConnell, N.; Barnard, M.; Taylor, J. in press. Caring Dads Safer Children: Families' perspectives on a intervention for maltreating fathers. Psychology of Violence Special Issue DOI 10.1037/vio0000105

Sperlich, M.; Seng, J.; Rowe, H.; Fisher, J. Cuthbert, C.; Taylor, J. in press. A Cycles-reaking framework to disrupt intergenerational patterns of maltreatment and vulnerability during the childbearing year Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing.


Ashley, L.; Armitage, G.; Taylor, J. (2016) Recognising and referring children exposed to domestic abuse: a multi-professional, proactive systems-based evaluation using a modified Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Health & Social Care in the Community

Bradbury-Jones, C. (2016) Domestic violence and nursing: multiple perspectives to tackle a complex problem. Journal of Research in Nursing, 21(5-6), 342-344.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Pearce, J. (2016) Child Sexual Exploitation: marginalised perspectives and temporal shifts. Child Abuse Review

Bradbury-Jones, C.., Appleton, J.V. & Watts, S. (2016) Recognising and responding to domestic violence and abuse: The role of Public Health Nurses. Community Practitioner. 89(3), 24-8

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Clark, M.T. (2016) Intimate partner violence and the role of community nurses. Primary Healthcare. In press.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Clark, M.T. (2016) How to address domestic violence and abuse. Nursing Times. In press.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Clark, M.T., Parry, J. & Taylor, J. (2016) Development of a practice framework for improving nurses’ responses to Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13276

Hallett, N., Huber, J.W., Sixsmith, J. & Dickens, G.L. (2016) Care planning for aggression management in a specialist secure mental health service: An audit of user involvement. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 25(6): 507-515. DOI: 10.1111/inm.12238

Jones, C.; Taylor, J.; et al (2016) The Landscape of UK Child Protection Research 2010 to 2014: a mapping review of substantive topics, maltreatment types and research designs. Child Abuse Review DOI: 10.1002/car.2429

Seng, J. and Taylor, J. (Eds) (2016) Trauma Informed Care in the Perinatal Period London: Dunedin

Soliman, F.; Taylor, J.et al (2016) The landscape of UK child protection research between 2010 and 2014: disciplines, topics, and types of maltreatment Children and Youth Services Review.

Taylor, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J., Jones, C. & Herber, O.R. (2016) Risk of vicarious trauma in nursing research: A focused mapping review and synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25(19-20), 2768-77. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13235.

Taylor, J.S.; Brandon, M.; Haynes, A.; Hodson, D. Child neglect: Policy, response and developments in England Research, Policy and Planning: The Journal of the Social Services Research Group (Special Edition).

Thoburn, J. and Taylor, J. (2016) Collaborative Practice with Vulnerable Children and their Families. A Workbook London: Radcliffe.

Wagstaff, C., Graham, H., Farrell, D. et al. (2016) Experiences of mental health services for ‘black’ men with schizophrenia and a history of disengagement: A qualitative study, International Journal of mental health nursing,  DOI: 10.1111/inm.12305


Bradbury-Jones, C.., Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Duncan, F., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A.  & Taylor, J. (2015) Priorities and strategies for improving disabled women’s access to maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: a multi-method study using concept maps. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 15, 350.

Bradbury-Jones, C. (2015) Talking about domestic abuse: crucial conversations for health visitors. Community Practitioner, 88(12), 44-47.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A.  & Taylor, J. (2015) Disabled women’s experiences of accessing and utilising maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: A Critical Incident Technique study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 15, 181.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Broadhurst, K. (2015) Are we failing to prepare nursing and midwifery students to deal with domestic abuse? Findings from a qualitative study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(9), 2062-2072.

Bradbury-Jones, C. & Taylor, J. (2015) Engaging with children as co-researchers: challenges, counter-challenges and solutions. Int J Soc Res Meth 18(2): 161-173

Gadda, A.; Taylor, J. (2015) Child sexual exploitation. Where are the nurses? Journal of Advanced Nursing 10.1111/jan.12710

Hallett, N. & Dickens, G.L. (2015) De-escalation: A survey of clinical staff in a secure mental health inpatient service. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 24(4): 324-333.

Humphreys, C. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2015) Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding: Focus, Response and Intervention. Child Abuse Review, 24(4), 231-234.

Randall, D.; Taylor, J.; Anderson, A. (2015) Is research safe for children?  A review of current policies and procedures to protect children in research settings J of Child Health Care DOI: 10.1177/1367493515587060

Smith, E.; Barnard, M.; Belton, E. Taylor, J. (2015) Strengthening the mother-child relationship following domestic abuse: Service evaluation. Child Abuse Review 24: 261-273

Stalker, K.; Taylor, J.; Fry, D.; Stewart, A. (2015) A study of disabled children and child protection in Scotland – A hidden group? Children and Youth Services Review 56: 126-134.

Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2015) Child maltreatment: every nurse’s business. Nursing Standard. 29(29), 53-58.

Taylor, J., Bradbury-Jones, C. Lazenbatt, A. & Soliman, F. (2015) Child maltreatment: Pathway to chronic and long-term conditions? Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdv117

Taylor, J.; Randall, D; Childers-Buschle, K. (2015) Investigation of child protection standard operating policies for research in Higher Education Institutes in the United Kingdom. BMC Medical Ethics DOI 10.1186/s12910-015-0058-0

Taylor, J.; Stalker, K.; Stewart, A. (2015) Disabled children’s experiences of the child protection system. Child Abuse Rev DOI: 10.1002/car.2386


Bradbury-Jones, C. (2014) Children as Co-researchers: The Need for Protection. Edinburgh: Dunedin.

Bradbury-Jones, C., Taylor, J., Kroll T. & Duncan F. (2014) Domestic Abuse Awareness and Recognition among Primary Healthcare Professionals and Abused Women: a qualitative investigation. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23(21-22), 3057-68.

Breckenridge, J., Devaney, J., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A., Taylor, J. & Bradbury-Jones, C. (2014) Access and utilization of maternity care for disabled women who experience domestic abuse: a systematic review. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 14, 234.

Hallett, N., Huber, J.W. & Dickens, G.L. (2014) Violence prevention in inpatient psychiatric settings: systematic review of studies about the perceptions of care staff and patients. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 19(5): 502-214

Smith, C., Allardyce, S., Hackett, S., Bradbury-Jones, C., Lazenbatt, A. & Taylor, J. (2014) Practice and policy in the UK with children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours: an analysis and critical review, Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice, DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2014.9270102013