Nicky Stanley

Nicky Stanley

Professor of Social Work, Co-Director, Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington, HA328

+44 (0) 1772 89 3655

Nicky Stanley is Professor of Social Work. She researches in the areas of domestic violence and abuse, child welfare and child protection, young people’s and mothers’ mental health and interagency work. 

She is Co-Director of the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm.  She is also Co-Director of the newly established Institute for Citizenship, Society and Change at UCLan.

Full Profile

Nicky has managed a range of national and international research projects commissioned by government, health trusts and voluntary organisations. She supervises research students and teaches both practitioners and qualifying social workers.  She is a qualified social worker with social work experience in England and Scotland.

She is currently leading the national evaluation of two major projects on domestic abuse being undertaken by Women’s Aid and SafeLives, funded by the Big Lottery. Other current studies include:  a trial of an intervention for children whose parents have a severe mental health problem (Young SMILES) with colleagues at the University of Manchester and a National Institute for Health Research Programme (ESMI) examining the effectiveness of services for women with perinatal mental health problems with colleagues at King’s College London.

She was Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review and is now a member of the journal’s Editorial Board. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Gender-Based Violence. She is an advisor or collaborator on a number of national research projects and was a member of the Programme Development Group for the NICE Guideline on the Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence.  She was a member of the Social Work and Social Policy Sub-Panel for the REF 2014.

She publishes widely and has produced books on domestic violence and child protection, health and social care inquiries and mothers’ mental health needs.  She has contributed to national guidelines and policy on domestic violence. Her most recent book is Nicky Stanley and Cathy Humphreys (eds) (2015) Domestic Violence and Protecting Children: New Thinking and Approaches, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


  • BA  (University of Sussex) English, 1976
  • MA (University of York) Medieval Studies, 1977
  • MSc (LSE, University of London) Social Policy and Social Work Studies and CQSW, 1982.

Current Funded Research

  • 2017-2021 - Evaluation of Women’s Aid and SafeLives’ Roadmap Domestic Abuse Programme with Connect Centre researchers, UCLan, and colleagues at University of Cambridge and Bangor University.
  • 2015-19 - Evaluation of For Baby’s Sake with Dr Kylee Trevilion (PI) and colleagues at King’s College London.
  • 2015-18 - A Feasibility Study of a Community-Based Intervention to Improve Health-Related Quality of Life in Children of Parents with Serious Parental Mental Illness with Prof Katherine Abel (PI) and colleagues at University of Manchester
  • 2014-18 - Step Up - Building the Evidence Base for Early Intervention with Prof Lorraine Radford (PI) and Connect Centre colleagues.
  • 2013-2018 - The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Perinatal Mental Health Services (ESMI) with Prof Louise Howard (PI), King’s College London and colleagues.


Stanley, N., Barter, C., Wood, M., Aghtaie, N., Larkins, C., Lanau, A. and Overlien, C. (2016) Pornography, sexual coercion and abuse and sexting in young people’s intimate relationships: A European study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Doi: 10.1177/088626051663204

Stanley N, Ellis J, Farrelly N, Hollinghurst S, Downe S. (2015) Preventing domestic abuse for children and young people: A review of school-based interventions. Children and Youth Services Review, 59, 120-131. Available on open access at:

Stanley, N. and Humphreys, C. (2017) Identifying the key components of a ‘whole family’ intervention for families experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 1, 1, 99–115.

Stanley, N., Oram, S., Jakobowitz, S., Westwood, J., Borschmann, R., Zimmerman, C., Howard, L.M. (2016) The health needs and healthcare experiences of young people trafficked into the UK. Child Abuse and Neglect, 59, 100-110.

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