The Centre for Action Against Stalking [International Centre Against Harmful & Abusive Behaviour] [CAAS] is a partnership between University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and the charity Action Against Stalking (AAS).
UWS aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland and beyond. It is placed by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities in its 2020 World University Rankings and in the top 150 in THE’s Young University Rankings 2020. The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 ranks UWS as a top 100 UK university and as the highest ranked post-1992 university in Scotland.
Action Against Stalking evolved into a charity following its successful, award-winning campaign Action Scotland Against Stalking, launched in 2009, which saw stalking-specific legislation embedded in Section 39 Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010. AAS quickly became a high impact national and international campaign contributing to some major breakthroughs – most notably the introduction of Stalking into the Council of Europe’s European Convention (Istanbul Treaty ratified in August 2014), the introduction of two new offences of stalking in England and Wales within the Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012 and the introduction of the Victim & Witnesses (Scotland) Act (2014) which recognises stalking victims as vulnerable victims, and entitlement to Justice & Safety as outlined by the SCHR Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights.
Collectively these pieces of legislation herald the transformation from a tacit acceptance of what on the surface appears to be slightly annoying behaviour to the recognition that Stalking is a serious form of violence – and a welcome and signal success of the legislation is giving victims a voice and a place within the criminal justice process.
CAAS is a centre of excellence structured around areas of scholarly focus that are critical to the prevention of and responses to stalking in contemporary society. CAAS seeks to conduct and promote innovative, applied research in a multi-disciplinary, practice - and police-oriented and victim - and experience-based environment.
CAAS is focused on pursuing research funding nationally and internationally to support the growth of knowledge in stalking behaviour and how best to prevent it; to provide leadership and direction in sharing best practice and the setting of national training standards and protocols in this area; to unite an international ‘community of interest’ to promote Masters and Doctoral-level dissertations across the various disciplines where stalking can easily be located as a research theme; and to draw upon research outputs to inform policy development in this area at an organisational, national and international level.
During its first year of operation, in 2021-22, CAAS’s strategic focus is on conducting research and knowledge exchange within the following key thematic areas: The impact of stalking, harmful and abusive behaviour on children and young people; perpetrators’ perspectives – indicators and predictors of stalking and abusive behaviour; and the nature and impact of cyber-stalking.
Given the nature of stalking, an international reach is necessary and valuable for both academics and practitioners and for policy makers. CAAS actively works in partnership with a wide range of external bodies and universities in Scotland and internationally, on a cross-jurisdictional basis, in order to maximise opportunities to achieve its key aims.
Name: Professor Ross Deuchar
Email address: email@example.com
Telephone: 0141 848 3694
School: School of Education & Social Sciences