Dr Jane Ellis

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Jane joined Anglia Ruskin in 2014 following both teaching and research posts in universities and voluntary sector organisations.



Jane's main interests are gendered violence, childhood and children's participation. She has conducted research and consultancy on prevention work in schools for voluntary organisations and government and was a member of the DCSF/DfE Advisory Group on Violence Against Women and Girls. She has a number of publications on violence prevention. Before undertaking her PhD she worked with children, young people and their families in formal and non-formal educational settings, as a teacher and community education worker.

Research interests

  • Children and young people
  • Children's rights
  • Domestic and sexual violence - victims, perpetrators, services
  • Violence prevention

Areas of research supervision

Jane would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Children and young people - any context
  • Children's rights
  • Domestic and sexual violence - victims, perpetrators, services
  • Violence prevention
Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor:
  • Staying put? An exploration of the decisions made by young people leaving public care (current)


  • Changing Contexts of Social Policy
  • Crime and Community Safety
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice


  • PhD Applied Social Studies, 2006 (Warwick)
  • MA Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies, 2000 (Warwick)
  • BEd (Hons), 1981 (Sheffield City Polytechnic)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Sociological Association
  • EVAW Prevention Network
  • Associate Researcher National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2013-2014 - PEACH Project, NIHR-PHR, Co-applicant with Prof Nicky Stanley, Prof Soo Downe, Prof Sue Bailey, Dr Sandra Hollinghurst and Nicola Farrelly
  • 2012-2013 - Evaluation of the CRUSH Programme, West Mercia Women’s Aid. Co-PI with Dr Ravi Thiara, £3,000
  • 2010 - Evaluation of the Special Funds for the Sexual Violence Third Sector, GEO Co-applicant with Shared Intelligence £72,500
  • 2010 - Curriculum Review Womankind Womankind PI £5,000
  • 2009-2011 - Meeting the needs of children living with domestic violence in London, Refuge/NSPCC. Named researcher with PI Prof Lorraine Radford £138,000
  • 2007 - International literature review on primary prevention of domestic abuse through education Scottish Executive.  PI - £10,000
  • 2004-2005 - Evaluation of the Westminster London-wide Schools Domestic Violence Prevention Project. Association of London. Co-PI with Dr Ravi Thiara £10,000
  • 2003-2004 - Educational programmes for children and young people to prevent violence against women and girls. Womankind Worldwide. Named researcher with Prof Audrey Mullender and Dr Cathy Humphries, £40,000
  • 2002-2004 Evaluation of Birmingham Women’s Aid Schools Programme. Birmingham Children’s Fund. PI £10,000

Selected recent publications

Ellis, J., Downe, S., Farrelly, N. and Stanley, N. (2015) ‘Prevention programmes in the UK’ in Humphreys, C and Stanley, N. (eds) Domestic Violence and Protecting Children: New Thinking and Approaches, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Ellis, J. and Thiara, R.K. (2014) (eds) Preventing violence against women and girls. Educational work with children and young people, Bristol: Policy Press.

Ellis, J. and McCarry, M. (2014) ‘The Prevention Paradigm and Young People’s Abusive Intimate Relationships’  in Taylor, M., Pooley, J and Taylor, (eds) Overcoming Domestic Violence: Creating a Dialogue Round Vulnerable Populations. New York: Nova Science Publishers Nova Science Publishers

Thiara, R.K. and Ellis, J. (2013) Centralising Young People: An Evaluation of the CRUSH Programme, University of Worcester, Worcester

Allnock, D., Radford, L., Bunting, L., Price, A., Morgan-Klein, N., Ellis, J. and Stafford, A. (2012) ‘In Demand: Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse’ Child Abuse Review. Available online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-0852/earlyview

Radford, L. and Ellis, J. (2012) ‘Offering children confidentiality in research – what are the limits?’ in Fleming, J. and Boeck, T.  (eds) The active involvement of children and young people in health and social care research, London: Routledge

Radford, L., Aitken, R., Miller, P., Ellis, J., Roberts, J. and Firkic, A. (2011) Meeting the needs of children living with domestic violence in London, London: Refuge/NSPCC/City Bridge Trust.

Stanley, N., Ellis, J. and Bell, J. (2010) ‘Delivering preventive programmes in schools: Identifying gender issues’ in Barter, C. and Berridge, D. (2009) Children Behaving Badly? Exploring Peer Violence Between Children and Young People, London: Wiley.

Ellis, J. (2008) ‘Primary Prevention of Domestic Abuse through Education’ in Humphreys, C., Houghton, C. and Ellis, J. Literature Review: Better Outcomes for Children and Young People affected by Domestic Abuse – Directions for Good Practice, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Ellis, J., Stanley N. and Bell, J. (2006) ‘Prevention Programmes for Children and Young People’ in Humphreys, C. and Stanley, N. (eds) Child Protection and Domestic Violence. Directions for Good Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Ellis, J. and Martin, L. (2005) Working with children and young people to prevent violence against women and girls: research and practice, Safe: The Domestic Abuse Quarterly Bristol: WAFE.

Thiara, R.K. and Ellis, J. (2005) Westminster Domestic Violence Forum London-wide schools’     Domestic violence prevention project: An evaluation, London: City of Westminster.

Ellis, J. (2004) Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls. A study of Educational Programmes for Children and Young People, London: WOMANKIND Worldwide.

Recent presentations and conferences

Discourse, Power, Resistance, University of Greenwich, Paper

Domestic violence work in schools: internal or external facilitators?

University of Worcester Institute of Health and Society, Seminar, Participation, Power, Praxis

2012 Centre for Children and Youth, University of Northampton, Seminar

Preventing domestic violence: where are the children?

2011 Gendered Violence Conference, University West of England/Bristol City Council

Delivering Preventive Work in Schools: Gender Matters Seminar

Preventive work in schools: Ten things we know from research Roundtable

2010 Scottish VAW Prevention Network, Evaluation Event, Glasgow

Evaluation case study workshop

3rd International Gender and Child Welfare Conference, University of Cardiff

Ignorance is bliss? Gender and young people’s knowledge and views of services for those who have experienced child sexual abuse (with Debra Allnock)