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Dr Nicole Renehan

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology


Nicole is an Assistant Professor in Criminology in the Department of Sociology, and teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate violence and abuse modules. Nicole has a practice background in domestic abuse within a multi-agency, child protection setting where she developed and delivered domestic abuse awareness and training. Nicole has experience working with young men in secure settings and disabled young people who are in distress.

Nicole completed her ESRC and President’s Doctoral Scholar Award-funded PhD at the University of Manchester in 2021. Her research thesis examined the criminal justice Building Better Relationships (BBR) programme in England and Wales, in which she explored the experiences and perspectives of practitioners, and convicted men who attended BBR, including those who are neurodivergent, to understand what might work, for whom and under what circumstances.

Nicole's subsequent ESRC funded postdoctoral research consisted an international study which explored how domestic violence perpetrator programmes could be more responsive to autistic men and/or those with ADHD who use violence and abuse in their intimate relationships.

Nicole is the coordinator of the Neurodivergence in Domestic Abuse Practice network, an international network of researchers and practitioners. She also co-coordinates the Neurodivergence in Criminal Justice Network with Dr Tom Smith (UWE Bristol). 

Nicole is also a member of the Probation Institute and its Academic Advisory Panel.

Nicole's list of previous and current projects can be found on her personal website.

Research area

Nicole's research interests include the perpetration of domestic abuse and domestic abuse perpetrator interventions, and more specifically how interventions can be more responsive to a neurodiverse perpetrator population. She is also interested in good practice, practitioner well being, and victim-survivor safety and support. 

Research interests

  • Criminal justice
  • Domestic abuse
  • Intimate partner abuse
  • Interventions, practice and wellbeing
  • Male violence towards women
  • Neurodiversity/Neurodivergence


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