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Dr Tirion Havard

Dr Tirion Havard

havardt@lsbu.ac.uk

Social Work, Community and Public Health

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1444-9880

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I am an Associate Professor in the Social Work department and strive to give women girls, a life free of abuse. I was once a probation officer and worked with violent men which I now use to inform my research with women survivors of abuse, predominantly those in abusive intimate relationships and criminal exploitation. I have had the pleasure of working alongside the London Borough of Southwark, The Mayor’s Office London (MOPAC) and English Parliament advising them on coercive control and tech abuse and how it relates to domestic abuse and criminal exploitation of women and girls.

My three main research areas are domestic abuse/coercive control, technological abuse and criminally exploited girls/young women (gangs). I am unique because I sit in the intersection of these forms of abuse. I can bring my expertise from all of these areas and apply it across all fields. I have extensive practice experience as a Probation Officer working with violent offenders including perpetrators of domestic abuse and those involved in criminal networks. I use this knowledge to inform my research which focuses on female survivor/victims’ experiences of violence and abuse. Coercive control is now understood to be at the heart of abusive behaviour and has been recognised in law.

I recently completed a feasibility study for the Home Office that investigated whether Artificial Intelligence could assist police officers in domestic abuse investigations. This included getting the view of survivors of domestic abuse. I am currently Principal Investigator evaluating a Serious Youth Violence Intervention and Prevention project in Kent and introducing Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) into Surrey hospitals. I am also involved in evaluating Project Vigilance, an initiative by Thames Valley Police to address sexual harassment in the night-time economy.

I am co-author of the high-profile report “From Postcodes to Profit” where I identified the criminal exploitation of young women and girls and their significance in county lines. I have also published on technology facilitated coercive control. I am keen to weave my knowledge of coercive control and technological abuse, to shed light on the experiences of women and girls in abusive relationships with a view to bring about changes in policy and practice to help keep survivors safe.

To this end, I have contributed to the Victim’s commissioner research into experiences of domestic abuse during childhood and their link to offending, advised English parliament and MPOAC. I have been interviewed for Metro and Social Work Today about my research expertise. I have also been involved in a round table event at the House of Lords.

I organise seminars/webinars with expert guest speakers to raise awareness and inform those within the field. I have been interviewed for television and radio about my knowledge of coercive control, technological abuse and the criminal exploitation of young women and girls. This includes the BBC documentary ‘Hidden Girls’, The Victoria Derbyshire show and the BBC Radio Cymru/Wales current affairs programme “Hanner Call”. I have also been an advisor to Radio 4’s ‘File on Four”.

Courses taught

BA (Hons) Social Work 2022/23

MA Social Work

Midwifery - Pg Diploma

Doctorate in Social Work

University of Sussex

2019
2014
MA Social Policy and Social Work

London School of Economics

1995
1997
BSc (hons) Physiology

University College London

1987
1990
Diploma Social Work

London School of Economics

1995
1997
Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

London South Bank University

2009
2010
Practice Development Assessor
National Probation Service London

Coaching, teaching and assessing Trainee Probation Officers.

2003
2009
Other public sector
Probation Officer
National Ptobation Service London

Assessing and managing the risk posed by offenders, including perpetrators of domestic abuse and gang members. This involved balancing offender need with risk and preparing Pre-Sentence Reports for both Magistrates and Crown Courts to assist with sentencing. When in the community I was responsible for managing the risk posed, ensuring the perpetrator was engaging in the intervention and breaching/returning the offender to court when occasion demanded. I was also a Court Duty officer, where I was required to work within and manage the hustle and bustle of court life and ensure that there was clear communication between court and probation staff. This involved liaising with professionals for different backgrounds to ensure the information was accurate, relevant and up to date.

1987
2009
Other public sector
FunderYear wonProjectRole
University of Brighton2022HSC_Project vigilant evaluation Phase 2_Brighton UniPrincipal Investigator
Buckinghamshire Council2022HSC_Author Review_BuckinghamshirePrincipal Investigator
British Academy 2022Can arts-based approaches to transformative justice help women with convictions reintegrate and resettle into their local communities?Principal Investigator
Home Office2021HSC_DA Perpetrators Research Q8_Home OfficePrincipal Investigator
University of Brighton2021HSC_Project Vigilant evaluation support_University of BrightonPrincipal Investigator
Youth Endowment Fund2021HSC_Evaluation Panel EOI_Youth Endowment FundPrincipal Investigator
Surrey County Council2021HSC_IDVA Evaluation_Surrey County CouncilPrincipal Investigator
Kent County Council2020HSC_NEW KCC_Serious Violence Project EvaluationPrincipal Investigator
Serious Violence Research Group
2019
Higher Education Academy
2015
Coercive Control Legal Network
2019
Standing together for Youth Justice
2020
Social Work England
1987
European Social Work Research Special Interest Group (Adolescents)
2021
Academy for Social Justice
2022
Bangor University
External examiner

MA Social Work

All aspects of social work as determined by Welsh Professional Body. Course taught through the Welsh language

February 2018
September 2021
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Research in Action Award (Sep 2018)

LSBU staff awards


Evidence to public body

Feb 2020

Submission of ‘expert evidence’ to the Victim’s Commissioner in relation to their research into the experiences of children and young people as victims of domestic abuse and their potential subsequent involvement in criminality such as county lines and serious youth violence.


Jan 2020

Panel member at Round table event discussion on Community Safety. Hosted at the House of Lords.


Mar 2021

Academic fellowship to Parliament. Advisor on coercive control, tech abuse domestic abuse and young women and girls in gangs.


Dec 2020

Invited member of the expert panel for London’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy. Mayor’s Office London.


Reach and Impact

Second Briefing: Continuing the conversation: Responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in higher education communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Sep 2020)


Covid-19, domestic abuse and what universities can do for students. (Jul 2020)


Advisor to BBC Radio 4, File on 4: “Lost on the line: The county lines gangs recruiting girls”. (Oct 2019)


BBC Radio Cymru/Wales : Panelist on 'Yr Hanner Call' discussing the impact of technology on modern life. (Oct 1920)


S4C appearance on Welsh Magazine programme 'Heno' (Oct 2018)


Appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire show: University education. (Jul 2018)


Appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire show: Girls in gangs (Jun 2018)


More violent, ruthless and organised than ever: London now has 250 gangs who use revenge porn to entrap teenage drug mule girls to shift Class As across 'county lines' and are 'forging links with terror networks' (Jun 2018)


Consultant and appearance on ‘Hidden Girls’ a news documentary about young women and girls in gangs BBC iPlayer, 3rd October 2021. (Oct 2021)


Metro Story: How Tech became the latest tool for abusers. (Feb 2022)


Social Work Today: Can Artificial intelligence be used to identify perpetrators of domestic abuse. (Mar 2022)


Sep 2020

Chair of webinar ‘Stay home save lives’: dangerous times for domestic abuse survivors. London South Bank University


Girls in gangs: how they are recruited, exploited and trapped
Havard, T. (2022). Girls in gangs: how they are recruited, exploited and trapped. The Conversation.

Serious youth violence: County lines drug dealing and the Government response
Havard, T. (2022). Serious youth violence: County lines drug dealing and the Government response. House of Commons Library.

Street Gangs and Coercive Control: The Gendered Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in County Lines
Havard, T., Densley, J., Whittaker, A. and Wills, J. (2021). Street Gangs and Coercive Control: The Gendered Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in County Lines . Criminology and Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.1177/17488958211051513

Covid-19, domestic abuse and what universities can do for students
Magill, Christine, Gajparia, J., Havard, T., Shepherd, R. and Kibirige, N. (2020). Covid-19, domestic abuse and what universities can do for students. Wonkhe.

Beyond the Power and Control Wheel: how abusive men manipulate mobile phone technologies to facilitate coercive control
Havard, T. and Lefevre, M. (2020). Beyond the Power and Control Wheel: how abusive men manipulate mobile phone technologies to facilitate coercive control. Journal of Gender-Based Violence. 4 (2), pp. 223-239. https://doi.org/10.1332/239868020x15850131608789

Beyond Geographical boundaries: the covert role of mobile phone in maintaining power and coercive control in the domestic abuse of women
Havard, T. (2019). Beyond Geographical boundaries: the covert role of mobile phone in maintaining power and coercive control in the domestic abuse of women. European Conference of Domestic Violence. University of Porto, Porto, Portugal 05 - 09 Sep 2017

Reluctant Gangsters Revisited: The Evolution of Gangs from Postcodes to Profits
Whittaker, A, Densley, J, Cheston, L, Tyrell, T, Higgins, M, Felix-Baptiste, C and Havard, T (2019). Reluctant Gangsters Revisited: The Evolution of Gangs from Postcodes to Profits. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10610-019-09408-4

Mobile phones, Foucault and fear: their role in coercive control.
Havard, TE (2017). Mobile phones, Foucault and fear: their role in coercive control. European Conference of Domestic Violence. University of Porto, Porto, Portugal 05 - 09 Sep 2017 FPCEUP.

Defensive practice as ‘fear-based’ practice: Social work’s open secret?
Whittaker, AJ and Havard, T (2015). Defensive practice as ‘fear-based’ practice: Social work’s open secret? British Journal of Social Work. 46 (5), pp. 1158-1174. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/BCV048