Research

Reducing domestic abuse

An evidence-led approach delivering thought leadership in the criminal justice system and social care sector.

Our research focuses on understanding how to improve services that tackle offending and the many common social care challenges that can hold people back from fulfilling their potential.

We work to:

  • Find solutions to reduce the likelihood of reoffending
  • Learn what interventions work best
  • Understand wider patterns associated with people’s behaviour

The evidence-base we collect is used to make arguments about system-wide changes that aid efforts to improve social inclusion by:

  • Working to strengthen public protection
  • Support desistance
  • Breakdown barriers to education and employment opportunities
  • Tackle inequalities

Our research also looks at long-term social care issues including substance misuse, family dynamics, domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health to address people’s needs in a holistic manner.

Through this approach, we aim to help both the criminal justice and social care sectors to embrace new ideas and ways of working to achieve better futures and wellbeing for all.

Work with us

We welcome the opportunity to partner with organisations to help understand, improve or design new services that prevent crime or tackle social care challenges linked to offending.

For research enquiries, contact us at research@ksscrc.co.uk 

Published research

Please select a category from the list below to see our published research:

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Supervision, wellbeing and organisational issues

Enabling and motivating our people, we are best equipped to help reduce reoffending.

Evaluating organisational processes, we help to shape management structures and encourage staff development. Through interviews with practitioners, our recent research makes recommendations on how to improve staff supervision practice and make the women-led role more sustainable.

Probation staff supervision: Valuing me time in congested spaces

Delivering an effective women-led probation service

Social inclusion and probation in the wider society

Families and communities play a significant role in supporting a person to make better life choices so that they break away from their criminal past.

Understanding and reviewing social inclusion issues, our research makes recommendations to improve the effectiveness of future probation practice.

Family involvement in probation work

COVID-19 and the impact on probation and the wider society

The pandemic means the criminal justice system needs to think better and smarter to respond to offenders needs and we are in the best position to do so.

To address crime in this new era, we look at what’s changed and the best ways to respond as restrictions alter how we work.

Fact file 1: Domestic abuse during coronavirus

Fact file 2: Coronavirus and crime trends

Fact file 3: Mental health and coronavirus

Remote supervision, getting the balance right

Domestic abuse

The increase in domestic abuse during the pandemic is a cause for concern for our society as a whole. We are delivering interventions that aim to curb this terrible crime.

With domestic abuse causing victims long-term mental and physical trauma, our research looks at how to break down barriers so organisations are armed with the knowledge to prevent this type of abuse from happening.

Domestic abuse in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups

Domestic abuse evidence review

Domestic abuse in LGBTQ+ communities

FF1: Domestic abuse during coronavirus

Domestic abuse and COVID-19

County lines victims

County Lines is a growing issue in the UK, trapping children in a cycle of crime.

Playing our part in tackling this form of modern slavery, our research is helping to support the development of more interventions to ensure children are given the support and opportunities they need to rebuild their lives.

County lines – literature review

Restorative justice

Evaluating restorative justice to prevent crime and help people achieve their full potential.

Through in-depth interviews with participants and facilitators, our research looks at how we can build on positive outcomes to reduce reoffending and improve victims’ wellbeing.

Restorative Justice: Enabling Communication, Repairing Harm

Graham Wines

“Our research aims to improve services so everyone has an opportunity to break away from their past and make positive life choices as they navigate their way to a crime-free life.

We can only achieve this through the continuous review and evaluation of best practice, so that the interventions deployed meet the complex needs of individuals.

Our determination is to ensure that our practitioners are given the right tools to encourage people to build more confidence within themselves, so that they can take proactive steps to move forward, no matter their past choices or wellbeing challenges.”

Graham Wines
Director, Interventions Alliance

Research priorities

Our research priorities will build on our work in supporting probation organisations and their partners to deliver effective, meaningful, and sustainable services, which help people to go on to have happier, healthier or crime-free lives.

This year, we will focus on understanding the types and characteristics of effective interventions, so we can support the development of the strongest and most promising approaches. 

Behaviours of domestic abuse perpetrators

Home Office funded research to reduce victims of domestic abuse in future.

Our new study will help aid policymakers’ and commissioners’ understanding of perpetrators’ behaviours to reduce the devastating impact these crimes have on victims’ lives.

The findings will inform future government crime prevention strategies and solutions to end domestic abuse.   

Supported housing

Good quality housing helps individuals with convictions lead a crime-free life.

The study will consider the effectiveness of supported housing as a community intervention in the UK.

Through interviews with supported housing residents and staff, our research will explore the impact of this intervention on individual’s rehabilitation.

Featured research

Our Research Unit actively works to inform and engage with criminal justice and social care partners to share emerging evidence.

The research we produce is regularly featured in leading sector-based publications.

Featured Research Remote Probation Story

Remote probation supervision: Getting the balance right

Our Research team writes about the pros and cons of remote supervision following new research with the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology.

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Featured Research The Cost Of Empathy Story

The cost of empathy: Women who supervise women on probation – September 2020

An article for the Probation Quarterly about the impact of women working with women offenders.

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Featured Research Remote Probation Story

The demands of delivering a women-led probation service – November 2020

Senior Researcher Kerry Ellis Devitt shines a light on our latest research about the roles of women leads in the probation service in her guest blog for Russel Webster.

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Featured Research Remote Probation Story

Doing time on probation: Some experiences of family members – June 2020

Senior Researcher David Coley looks at families’ experiences of supporting a loved one on probation for the Probation Quarterly.

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Remote probation supervision: Getting the balance right

Our Research team writes about the pros and cons of remote supervision following new research with the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology.

Learn more

The cost of empathy: Women who supervise women on probation – September 2020

An article for the Probation Quarterly about the impact of women working with women offenders.

Learn more

The demands of delivering a women-led probation service – November 2020

Senior Researcher Kerry Ellis Devitt shines a light on our latest research about the roles of women leads in the probation service in her guest blog for Russel Webster.

Learn more

Doing time on probation: Some experiences of family members – June 2020

Senior Researcher David Coley looks at families’ experiences of supporting a loved one on probation for the Probation Quarterly.

Learn more

To get in touch and discuss how Interventions Alliance could help you, contact us