Nicola Sharp-Jeffs

Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs joined the CWASU at London Met as a Research Fellow in 2013. She has worked within the violence against women and girls sector since 2006.

She has published book chapters and journal articles on her doctoral studies which explore the links between going missing, forced marriage and child sexual exploitation. At CWASU, Nicola  completed longitudinal research exploring how women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence. She also undertook research on the prevalence of financial abuse and analysis of themes emerging from domestic homicide reviews.

She contributed to other CWASU projects, including:

  • research to explore the routes by which perpetrator programmes contribute to coordinated community responses to domestic violence
  • an evaluation of a partnership to develop a specialist service for Albanian-speaking women experiencing violence in London
  • the development of core standards for services supporting survivors of violence against women and girls
  • research on cultural encounters in interventions against violence
  • the role of self-defence in the prevention of violence against women
  • key messages from research on child sexual exploitation with implications for practice and strategic commissioning
  • evaluation and learning support to Big Lottery funded projects to supporting and empowering women and girls facing violence, abuse and exploitation
  • developing bystander responses to sexual harassment experienced by young people

Nicola was a CWASU MA student from 2006-08 and her dissertation explored the issue of economic abuse. She is now founder and director of Surviving Economic Abuse – a charity that raises awareness of economic abuse and builds the capacity of those who come into contact with victim-surviviors to respond.

Publications

Postmus, J. L., Hoge, G. L., Breckenridge, J., Sharp-Jeffs, N. and Chung, D. (2018) Economic Abuse as an Invisible Form of Domestic Violence: A Multi CountryReview Trauma, Violence and Abuse

Sharp-Jeffs, N. with Learmonth, S. (2017) Into Plain Sight: How economic abuse is reflected in successful prosecutions of controlling or coercive behaviour

Sharp-Jeffs, N., Kelly, L. and Klein, R. (2017) Long Journeys Toward Freedom: The Relationship Between Coercive Control and Space for Action—Measurement and Emerging Evidence Violence Against Women 24(2):163-185.

Sharp, N (2016) Hidden Links: Going Missing as an Indicator of Child Sexual Exploitation in Shalev-Greene, K and Alys, L (eds) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research,Farnham: Ashgate

Sharp, N (2016) To Honour and Obey: Forced Marriage and Going Missing in Shalev-Greene, K and Alys, L (eds) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research, Farnham: Ashgate

Sharp, N (2015) Keeping it from the Community, Community Safety – Special Edition on Child Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Violence and Community Safety 14(1) 56-66

Sharp-Jeffs, N (2015) Money Matters: Research into the Extent and Nature of Financial Abuse within Intimate Relationships in the UK London: The Co-operative Bank/Refuge

Sharp-Jeffs, N (2015) A Review of Research and Policy on Financial Abuse within Intimate Partner Relationships London: CWASU

Sharp, N (2013) Missing from Discourse: South Asian Young Women and Sexual Exploitation in Melrose, M and Pearce, J (eds) Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation and Related Trafficking Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kelly, L and Sharp-Jeffs, N (2016) Knowledge and Know-How: The Role of Self-Defence in the Prevention of Violence against Women

Coy, M and Sharp-Jeffs, N (2016) Changing Our Heads: Evaluation of the partnership between Shpresa Programme and Solace Women’s Aid to develop a specialist service for Albanian Speaking Women experiencing violence in London London: CWASU

Kelly, L Sharp, N and Klein, R (2014) Finding the Costs of Freedom: How women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence London: Solace Women’s Aid/CWASU

Sharp, N (2013) Missing from Discourse: South Asian Young Women and Sexual Exploitation in Melrose, M and Pearce, J (eds) Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation and Related TraffickingBasingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan