A project led by Dr Rachel Condry has won the overall prize in this year’s O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards, in a ceremony held at St Anne’s College on 19th April. The awards recognise and reward innovative social sciences projects, which have made a social or economic difference to individuals, communities, and societies.

Dr Condry at the launch event for the Home Office Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse document

Dr Condry's project on Adolescent to Parent Violence was selected out of 33 nominations from across the Social Sciences to be the overall Excellence in Impact Champion. Nominations came from 17 departments and faculties at the University of Oxford, the Open University, the University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University.

This research was the first large-scale study of Adolescent to Parent Violence in the UK and provided systematic evidence of the size and the scale of the problem. Findings from the research have enabled agencies to justify and evidence the need for a coherent response to APV, and have been instrumental in raising public awareness of this form of violence. The involvement of a multi-agency group including government departments, statutory bodies and third sector services led to the first recognition of APV in UK government policy and subsequently to publication by the Home Office of official guidance for professionals. This guidance has been widely used by statutory and voluntary agencies across the UK, leading to local changes in practice and to date, remains the only government guidance on the problem of APV. 

As overall champion, Dr Condry has received a monetary prize of £5,000 to support future impact work. Her award was presented by Alun Evans, Chief Executive of the British Academy.The awards were organized by O2RB – a regional impact partnership between the four universities and supported by the Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and Taylor & Francis. 

Read about the Law Faculty's other Excellence in Impact Prize winners