Aimee Neaverson

Ph.D Student

Research Topic

The topic of Aimee's PhD research project is to explore the cycle of violence with a specific focus on resiliency and protective factors in relation to abuse and re-victimisation. The study will seek to explore the mediating effects or 'buffering protective factors' with regards to abuse, sexual victimisation and future antisocial behaviour/life experience. Aimee's PhD is being supervised by Professor Manuel Eisner.

Previous Experience

In addition to being a part-time PhD student, Aimee is also the course leader for the B.A. (Hons) Criminology degree at University Centre Peterborough. Prior to this post, Aimee completed her Masters degree in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a focus on young offenders, child abuse, child safeguarding, and youth deviance. Specifically, her focus was a quantitative examination of the effects of early childhood maltreatment on later adolescent years with regards to increased levels of aggression and vulnerability to victimization.
Aimee completed her B.A. (Hons) Criminology degree at Saint Mary's University in 2008, specialising in child abuse within young offender institutes. This included a qualitative analysis of government commissioned inquiries into institutional youth victimisation and examined the related outcomes. Aimee has experience conducting research pertaining to youth crime prevention through social control, cognitive behavioural therapy, and interviewing young offenders while in custody as a means to identify risk factors for future offending.


  • PhD Candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (2013 - Present)
    Thesis: Exploring the Cycle of Violence: Resiliency and Protective Factors in Relation to Abuse and Sexual re-victimisation.
    Supervisor: Professor Manuel Eisner.

  • M.A. Criminology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada (2008-2010)
    Dissertation: Youth Violence and Victimization: Exploring the Cycle of Violence.
    Supervisor: Professor Raymond Corrado

  • B.A. (Hons) Criminology, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada. (2003-2008)
    Dissertation: Institutional Youth Victimisation: A Critical Approach to Custodial Institutions and Child Protection Legislation in Canada.
    Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bell

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2013 Wakefield Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Conference Presentations

  • Neaverson, Aimee E. (2009) Institutional Youth Victimization: A Critical Approach to Government Commissioned Inquiries to Victimization in Youth Detention Facilities. Presented at the Western Society of Criminology Annual Conference, San Diego, February 2009.

Research Interests

  • Family Violence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Crime Prevention
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Youth Deviance
  • Cycle of Violence
  • Protection and Safeguarding
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Developmental Criminology
  • Resiliency