National award for research project tackling domestic abuse in the Caribbean
ST GEORGE’S - A research project that is helping women in the Caribbean who are most vulnerable to being abused in the home has won a prestigious national award.
None In Three, a project led by Professor Adele Jones at the University of Huddersfield and working with the Sweet Water Foundation in Grenada, was launched as part of International Women’s Day in March this year and aims to address the fact that one in three women living in the Caribbean will face physical or sexual violence – and often both – at some point in their lifetime.
Last week the project was awarded the top prize in the Health and Wellbeing category of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s bi-annual Engage Awards.
The project, which is due to run for at least another 18 months, uses collaborative research with marginalised women, engagement with men and young people to explore the causes of domestic violence and the action needed to end it, and training for stakeholders and civil society organisations.
It has already been implemented as a pilot in both Grenada and Barbados and has created an interactive, role-playing computer game for schools as an education tool to help change attitudes linked to aggressive and violent behaviours.
‘The project has been really well received and everyone we’ve worked with has been really engaged in what it’s trying to achieve. The reasons for abuse vary depending on circumstances and can be linked to, among others, social, financial and cultural factors.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved so far but there’s still a great deal to do,” the NCCPE judging panel said. “The project took a whole community approach, involving a huge variety of stakeholders with a sensitive issue. The team was particularly reflective and the learning was evident throughout.”
The project is just one example of a growing trend amongst the UK’s researchers – to reach outside the university to really connect their work to wider society and involve the public in research in meaningful and potentially transformative ways.
The three finalists in the Health and Wellbeing category were selected from more than 180 entries and demonstrated a broad range of high quality activities to inspire and involve public audiences.
Other finalists’ work ranged from digitally reconstructing city histories to protecting endangered species; from working with older people as researchers to delivering hyper-local science festivals; from young children conducting their own research to influence the United Nations, to using theatre to improve oral health outcomes.
As award winners, the None in Three team have received £1,500 to go towards further public engagement work, and will be supported by the NCCPE to share their work across the UK.