Academic research and knowledge exchange


Informing practice and policy at national and international level

Improving knowledge & skills through partnerships

The Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies CATS is an inter-disciplinary research centre. We undertake rigorous, ethical, community-relevant research on topics related to abuse and trauma, fit for the 21st century. Much of our work is digitally and internet informed – whether related to harms online or using innovative online methods for assessment. We also attend closely to the human aspect, whether with those involved in abuse, or professionals who work with them and ensure our research informs policy for maximum impact.


Contemporary work with social and policy relevance.

Technological focus in assessments and examining new harms through social media.

Extensive Psychological and Criminological expertise by our team members.

Wide network of partners including international academics, policy makers and professionals in social care, health and criminal justice agencies.

Actively extending research knowledge to practitioners to use in every day working to aid children, young people and families.