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Tirion E. Havard

Professor of Gender Abuse and Policy, London South Bank University

My research focuses on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). This includes domestic abuse (specifically coercive control), technological abuse and Child Criminal Exploitation. I am the only academic who researches the intersection between these three. When a Probation Officer I worked with perpetrators of domestic abuse and gang members. I use this knowledge to inform my research with female survivors of abuse. I have evaluated a Serious Youth Violence Intervention and Prevention project at Kent County Council, the use of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) in Surrey hospitals and I am an Independent Reviewer for Buckingham Safeguarding Board, investigating serious youth violence. I am funded by the Nuffield Foundation/British Academy to use Arts based Transformative Justice approaches to re-integrate women with convictions into their local communities. I led a feasibility project for the Home Office investigating the suitability of Artificial Intelligence to identify perpetrators of coercive control through text messages held on mobile phones. I have worked alongside The Mayor’s Office London (MOPAC) and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) assisting them with their VAWG strategy and with English Parliament advising them on coercive control tech abuse and how it relates to domestic abuse and criminal exploitation of women and girls.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Social Work, London South Bank University


  • 2019 
    London South Bank University, Doctorate in Social Work