Amanda Holt

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Amanda joined the University of Roehampton in September 2014 from the School of Law, Lancaster University. She previously worked at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth and, prior to her PhD scholarship, worked as a Research Officer at the Trust for the Study of Adolescence.

Amanda’s research broadly addresses issues concerned with families, young people and harm. Her recent book, Family Criminology: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2021) is the world's first academic text on a brand new sub-discipline of Criminology, offering a fresh conceptual approach to understanding the intersections of crime, criminal justice and family life. 

Much of Amanda's research in recent years has focused on the problem of adolescent family violence. Amanda is the author of the UK’s first book on the topic, Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse: Current Understandings in Research, Policy and Practice (Policy Press, 2013) and is also the editor of Working with Adolescent Violence and Abuse towards Parents: Approaches and Contexts for Intervention (Routledge, 2016). Amanda has completed several research projects on adolescent family violence, and has worked with the UK Home Office to produce the first UK policy guidance on the issue. She has also been a keynote speaker at international conferences and has appeared on national radio and television, including Women's Hour (Radio 4), Radio5Live and Newsnight (BBC1).

Current funded projects include:

  • The immobilities of gender-based violence during the Covid pandemic (funded by AHRC) (see project details here)
  • Child/adolescent to parent violence across London: a comprehensive assessment (funded by MOPAC)
  • Adolescent family violence within a neurodiverse context (funded by SPF University of Roehampton)

Findings from Amanda's recently completed project on violence towards grandparent kinship carers (funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust) can be found on 


BA (Hons) Applied Psychology; MSc Psychological Research Methods; PhD Applied Social Science

Research interests

From a psychology background, I apply an interdisciplinary approach to my work and draw on a range of methodologies. Key areas of research interest include:

  • Domestic and family violence
  • Parents and youth justice
  • Violence in schools 
  • Qualitative methodologies

PhD Supervision

Current supervision projects include:

  • A discourse analysis of the legal and ethical framework underpinning pupil referral units (A. Duncan)
  • Sexual Violence and Rape in India (S. Mangat).
  • Mothers' experiences of abuse by their adult children (T. Trang)
  • The family justice system in England and Wales: Child contact, domestic violence and women’s rights (R. Tweedale).
  • Domestic violence against sex workers (V. Holt)
  • Dramatherapy with grandparent kinship carers (L. Engler)

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the European Society of Criminology
  • Graduate Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Trustee of Family Lives

External positions

Trustee, Family Lives

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