Ongoing Projects

Breaking The Cycle is an ESRC-funded interdisciplinary project awarded to Principle Investigator and Carceal Geographer Dr Dominique Moran of the University of Birmingham and Co-investigator, Forensic Psychologist Louise Dixon. Marie Hutton and Tom Disney are the Post Doctoral Research Associates on the project (UoB). This 3-year project provides a new perspective on prison visitation and its relationship to the highly topical issue of recidivism. This research aims to inform policy towards visitation and the design of visiting spaces, and contributing to broader debates about prisoner rehabilitation and resettlement. You can read further information in this blog post.

Evaluation of a community situated domestic violence perpetrator programme: Louise Dixon in conjunction with a team of multidisciplinary researchers from the Univeristy of Birmingham (Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay is the UK based lead) have been funded by Sandwell Council (Birmingham, UK) to evaluate an innovative treatment programme for male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse falling outside of the criminal justice system. This two year, step wedge design, evaluation will provide outcome data linked to recidivism in addition to qualitative analysis with facilitators and participants about the process.

Understanding the experiences of victims of intimate partner violence with police services: A west Midlands (UK) study. West Midlands Police have commisoned Louise Dixon (VUW), Dr Michael Larkin and Dr Gemma Unwin from the Univesrity of Birmingham to conduct an Experience-based co-design (EBCD) project with groups of individuals involved in the process of domestic abuse victimisation and its policing in the West Midlands area. EBCD uses people’s experiences as evidence, and then employs close and equal collaboration between all the groups of people who may have a stake in the process which is to be improved. It has been designed to facilitate the collaboration and co-operation of victims and professional groups who may have different agendas. This approach will provide an innovative method to ensure that a detailed picture of local experiences from victims and professionals from differnet organisations, including the police, is gained. It will serve to bring together groups of professionals and service users to identify areas for improvement and drive policy and practice in this area.

Wiley-Blackwell edited book series: International publishers Wiley-Blackwell have commissoned a ‘What works’ in the rehabilitation of criminal behaviour edited book series. Series Editors are Leam Craig, Louise Dixon and Stephen Wormith.

The first book was published in 2013: Craig, L.A., Dixon, L., & Gannon, T.A (Eds.). (2013). What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence based approach to assessment and treatment. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Further books commissioned in the series will investigate issues centred on child protection, risk management, personality disorder and psychopathy.

The next book is due to be published in 2016: Dixon, L., Perkins, D., Hamilton Giachritsis & Craig, L. (Eds.). (in preparation). What Works in Child Protection: An Evidenced-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Care Proceedings. Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.