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Main contact: Professor Lidia Puigvert 

Mix-method approach with a quasi-experimental study (12-13 years old adolescent girls from four different countries: UK, Spain, Cyprus and Finland) as well as a qualitative analysis of some of their stories.

Main objectives:
1) To explore the extent to which dialogue situations (based on a language of desire) can question adolescent girls’ desires that link attractiveness to violent behaviours;
2) To assess whether this dialogic questioning of girls’ desire, if any, is true beyond cultures, thus breaking down cultural and racist stereotypes associated to VAW;
3) To develop the evidence-based approaches needed to increase effectiveness in the prevention of gender violence among adolescents.


Funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under the Marie Curie Actions

Our Aims

The primary aims of the Centre are to:

  • bring together research interests relating to community sanctions (with a European and international as well as a national focus), gender, crime and justice
  • develop the links between criminal justice and social justice
  • give students and colleagues working in these broad areas a clear identity.   

A second, but no less important, objective is to use the Centre as a base from which to apply for research funding. 

Thirdly, the Centre links academic and practitioner related interests - organising a number of workshops with members of the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, voluntary organisations and youth justice agencies. 

The Centre holds occasional seminars and workshops and runs a monthly reading group.