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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. My practice background 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. 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 have also secured funding from The Nuffield Foundation to research how Transformative Justice can help (re) integrate women with convictions into their communities.
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”.
BA (Hons) Social Work 2022/23
MA Social Work
Midwifery - Pg Diploma
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Mr Bolaji Jubril Kosegbe||Doctoral Research Project||PhD|
|Ms Rebecca Shepherd||Life story work with criminalised women: a vehicle for desistance and goal-setting||DProf|
Awarded in the last 5 years
|Epigeum Supervisory Training 2022_11_23||PhD|
University of Sussex
London School of Economics
University College London
London School of Economics
London South Bank University
Coaching, teaching and assessing Trainee Probation Officers.
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.
|Buckinghamshire Council||2022||HSC_Author Review_Buckinghamshire||Principal Investigator|
|British Academy||2022||Can a transformative justice approach be effective and cost-effective in facilitating community cohesion and support for women with convictions?||Principal Investigator|
|Home Office||2021||HSC_DA Perpetrators Research Q8_Home Office||Principal Investigator|
|University of Brighton||2021||HSC_Project Vigilant evaluation support_University of Brighton||Principal Investigator|
|Youth Endowment Fund||2021||HSC_Evaluation Panel EOI_Youth Endowment Fund||Principal Investigator|
|Surrey County Council||2021||HSC_IDVA Evaluation_Surrey County Council||Principal Investigator|
|Kent County Council||2020||HSC_NEW KCC_Serious Violence Project Evaluation||Principal Investigator|
|Proposal||Project||Role||Funder||Status||Status last updated|
|PSL1920-0475 HSC_NEW KCC_Serious Violence Project Evaluation||HSC_NEW KCC_Serious Violence Project Evaluation||Principal Investigator||Kent County Council||OPEN In preparation||Dec 2020|
MA Social Work
All aspects of social work as determined by Welsh Professional Body. Course taught through the Welsh language
Prizes, awards, and accolades
Research in Action Award (Sep 2018)
LSBU staff awards
Evidence to public body
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.
Panel member at Round table event discussion on Community Safety. Hosted at the House of Lords.
Academic fellowship to Parliament. Advisor on coercive control, tech abuse domestic abuse and young women and girls in gangs.
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)
Chair of webinar ‘Stay home save lives’: dangerous times for domestic abuse survivors. London South Bank University
The new Panopticon: Women’s experiences of mobile phone- mediated coercive control within abusive relationships
Havard, T. and Lefevre, M. (2022). The new Panopticon: Women’s experiences of mobile phone- mediated coercive control within abusive relationships. in: Technology and Domestic and Family Violence: Victimisation, Perpetration and Responses Routledge. pp. 90-102
Reluctant Gangsters Revisited
Havard, T. and Whittaker, A. (2023). Reluctant Gangsters Revisited . in: The Palgrave Handbook of Youth Gangs in the UK. Palgrave Macmillan.
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