We want to acknowledge the crucial contribution of Dr Maddy Coy to CWASU for over a decade. Maddy joined in 2006 as a Research Fellow and was promoted to Reader in 2013. In 2009 she also became Deputy Director of CWASU, leading the MA Woman and Child Abuse.
She led a number of key CWASU pure research projects including: a large survey of men who pay for sex (2007); mapping the postcode lottery of specialist VAW services on two Map of Gaps studies (2007/2009) and a study of young peoples’ perspectives on sexual consent (2011-12). She also evaluated a wide range of interventions for survivors of violence.
In terms of the policy relevant work of CWASU, Maddy worked closely with specialist women’s services on projects that built on their practice-based evidence, for example with Rights of Women on child contact proceedings in the aftermath of domestic violence. She also worked with the End Violence Against Women coalition to develop an integrated strategy on VAW. Subsequently, she was an expert member of the EVAW prevention network and prepared briefings for EVAW on sexualisation and prostitution.
In terms of teaching Maddy built the profile and student numbers on the MA, mentored students through completion of their studies and redesigned and delivered the module on Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People and developed the specification for a new module on Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions to be taught from 2017/18. She also co-supervised 6 of CWASU’s PhD students to completion, and will continue supervising an ongoing PhD on sexual exploitation.