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Erica Bowen

Erica Bowen


School of Social Sciences


Professor of Forensic Psychology (Practice) 0.6 FTE

Career overview

I obtained my PhD in 2004 from the University of Birmingham before working on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (Children of the 90’s) at the University of Bristol as a research associate. I joined Coventry University in 2006 as a lecturer in psychology, and left there in 2016 as Professor, to join the University of Worcester. After promoting to College Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in 2018 and training as a coach in 2019, I set up a coaching and consultancy business in 2021 and left full time academia. I now maintain my coaching practice alongside my role as Professor of Forensic Psychology at NTU.

Research areas

My research focuses on understanding:

  • the factors that contribute to the perpetration of domestic violence for men and women,
  • the effectiveness of interventions designed to rehabilitate domestic violence perpetrators,
  • the mechanisms that underpin successful desistance from domestic violence offending,
  • how we can develop more effective and innovative practice in working to prevent domestic violence.


Barlow, J., Schrader-McMillan, A., & Bowen, E (2023). Improving outcomes for children with child protection concerns who have been exposed to domestic abuse. London: What Works Centre for Childrens Social Care.

Bowen, E (2023). How may domestic violence prevent a child from fulfilling their academic potential? In Holliman, A (Ed) Adversities in Education. Taylor-Frances.

Monk, L., & Bowen, E. (2019, in press). Coercive Control of Women as Mothers via Strategic Mother-Child Separation. Journal of Gender-Based Violence

Bowen, Erica, Walker, K. and Holdsworth, E. (2019) Applying a Strengths-Based Psychoeducational Model of Rehabilitation to the Treatment of Intimate Partner Violence: Program Theory and Logic Model. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63 (3). pp. 500-517.

Mackay, J., Bowen, Erica, Walker, K. and O'Doherty, L. (2018) Risk Factors for Female Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence Within Criminal Justice Settings: a Systematic Review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 41. pp. 128-146

Bowen, Erica and Swift, C. (2017) The Prevalence and Correlates of Partner Violence Used and Experienced by Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review and Call to Action. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. 20 (5) 693 – 705

Bowen, E & Walker, K. (2015). The psychology of violence in adolescent romantic relationships. London: Palgrave-MacMillan. ISBN: 9781137321398

Bowen, E. (2011). The rehabilitation of partner violent men. Chichester: Wiley

Press expertise

Offender rehabilitation specifically focusing on the rehabilitation of domestic violence perpetrators.