Dr Jo Bell is a researcher at the University of Central Lancashire and Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Development in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull. She has extensive experience of research on sensitive issues with young people and families. Neil Blacklock is Development Manager of the Domestic Violence Intervention Project, West London, which he founded. Caroline Bourke is a senior lecturer, teaching Child Welfare/Protection and Family Violence, and the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire. Her background has been in children and families social work, predominantly in child protection. She has a long-standing interest in child protection and violence within families and researches family violence, particularly in Slovenia. Dr Jan Breckenridge is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is the Director of the Centre for Gender-Related Violence Studies there. Jan has worked, taught and researched in the areas of domestic and sexual violence, gender issues and child abuse for 25 years. She is co-editorof a numberof books onsexual and domestic violence. Dr Thea Brown is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Family Violence and Family Court Research Program at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research and policy development in child abuse and domestic violence in the context of parental separation and divorce has been published internationally. Jane Ellis is currently a final year doctoral student in the Centre for the Study of Safety and Wellbeing at the University of Warwick. Her PhD incorporates research into violence against women and 'primary prevention' programmes along with an evaluation of a domestic violence programme for schools. She has a background of working with children and young people in both formal and non-formal educational settings and is a governor at a community primary school. Dr Elaine Farmer is Professor of Child and Family Studies and Head of the Research Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She has a background in social work and has researched and published widely on fostering, residential and kinship care, reunification and child protection. Dr Christine Harrison is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick; Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Safety and Wellbeing and Director of a Masters Social Work Course. Sha has co-ordinated and taught child-care social work at qualifying and post-qualifying levels for the last 15 years, and regularly teaches on programmes for other professionals. As well as having substantial practice experience in child care, she supervises workers at a hostel for women offenders and is a member of the management group of Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse centre. Research related to physical, emotional and sexual violence towards women and children, and the issues this raises for promoting their safety, is a theme running throughout various aspects of her work over recent years.