for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Academic & Applied Research in the Digital Age
CATS is a centre for research, practice and training on issues of trauma and abuse drawing upon academic and applied research expertise, teaching and knowledge exchange to further understanding of abuse and trauma, its causes and consequences. The Centre research focuses on abuse and traumatic experience from attachment, stress and mental health and criminal justice perspectives; involving the victims and perpetrators, to inform practice and policy. Its focus is both on real life and online abuse and trauma issues, as well as utilising a range of research methods including those online. It is thus adapted for the digital age.
The centre provides research, both academic and applied, consultancy, practice training, media dissemination, continuing professional development, knowledge exchange and learning in a broad range of abuse and trauma related topics across the lifespan, including with children, adolescents, adults and in older age. Areas covered include
• domestic abuse of both children and partners
• attachment issues in abuse and trauma
• child and adult stress and mental health
• bullying, both in cyberspace and face-to-face
• internet child abuse, online stalking and internet safety
Centre provision includes:
- service evaluations (e.g. in child safeguarding and Looked After services; police practice with vulnerable victims; educational services around abuse prevention; interagency working of professionals; youth services);
- Scientific research research projects in area of stress and health and cyberbullying;
- Bespoke research projects and consultancy
- Workshops on abuse/ trauma related topics (child safeguarding; attachment; parenting; internet abuse; interviewing child victims; risk assessment of serious offenders);
- Short training courses on assessment (e.g. child neglect/abuse; attachment style; parenting; internet offenders and risk) and methods (around assessment, self-evaluation and research tools) and consultancy for researchers and practitioners.
The Centre consolidates expert support from a wide array of partners.
Centre partners include voluntary organisations, statutory services
and potential funders as well as universities and research centres.