Events

Previous Events

To mark the 16 Days of Action on GBV the University of Glasgow GBV Research Forum will be hosted two online seminars.

Post-Separation Economic Power and Control  

Jenn Glinski, University of Glasgow 

Thursday 9 December, 1-2pm 

View the seminar presentation at the following link: GBVRF Seminar Jenn Glinski December

Women's Experiences of Victim Blame from Agencies 

Amy Beddows, London Metropolitan University 

Thursday 25 November, 1-2pm 

View the seminar presentation at the following link: Amy Beddows Women's Experiences of Victim Blame from Agencies

Behind Glass Walls: Gendered barriers to justice for women experiencing domestic abuse

Date and time: Friday 15th November. 2019 

Venue: Yudo Seminar Room, Woolfson Building, University of Glasgow

Speaker: Emma Forbes (SCCJR, University of Glasgow)

 

ACEs: Through a feminist lens

Date and time: Monday 16th September, 1-2.15pm

Venue: Yudo Seminar Room, Woolfson Building, University of Glasgow

Speaker: Professor Jane Callaghan (University of Stirling)

 

GBV Research Forum and QRaG Seminar

The challenges (and successes) of using an arts-based qualitative research approach with women who have lived experience of gender-based violence

Date and time: Tuesday 26th March, 1-2pm

Venue: Room 916, Adam Smith Building

Speaker: Nicola Dickson (School of Education, University of Glasgow)

Abstract

This seminar draws upon my PhD research, which considers how the provision of arts-based, adult learning sessions might impact on the perceived recovery journeys of young women following the trauma of abuse. In 2018, I undertook fieldwork in the city-centre offices of a charity which supports survivors of sexual violence and abuse. My research participants had all experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence and recent homelessness. In the seminar, I would like speak about the challenges involved in undertaking qualitative research with women who have lived experience of gender-based violence and the innovative approaches I adopted to tackle resistance and re-engage the participants. I would also like to share my observations on this research and highlight the highs and lows of undertaking fieldwork with vulnerable women who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

Short biography

I am a part-time PhD student and a mum to three young children. Before returning to academia in 2016, I worked as a social researcher for the private and public sector. For over 15 years I designed and delivered qualitative research projects with so-called ‘vulnerable’ groups, including people with mental and physical health issues, drug and alcohol users, homeless people and BME communities. In my twenties, I volunteered as a visual artist and facilitator at various community arts organisations. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting, photography and making 3D sculptures in wire and clay. My PhD research entwines my interests in using the visual arts and employing qualitative research approaches to explore the experiences of vulnerable women.

QRaG is a new initiative to promote advanced qualitative methods and research via seminars open to all.  

 

Seminar with Rebecca Helman, 'Whose rapes matter?'

Time: Tuesday 5th June, 10-11am 

Venue: The Gannochy, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow

In this seminar Rebecca, a Visiting Commonwealth Researcher at the University of Edinburgh, drew upon autoethnographic and interview data to address the question of ‘whose rapes matter’? She explored the processes by which certain instances of sexual violence come to be regarded as more damaging and abhorrent than others, and therefore the processes by which some ‘rape victims’ are positioned as more deserving of care and support. This seminar was organised by the University of Glasgow GBV Research Forum, the Scottish GVBRN and SCCJR.

Gender Based Violence Research Forum meeting:

The forum met on Tuesday 5th June, 11:15am-12:15pm. 

SCCJR and GBVRF Seminar:

Nughmana Mirza, SCCJR, University of Glasgow

'South Asian women's experience of abuse by female affinal kin: a critique of mainstream conceptualisations of 'domestic abuse'

Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Tuesday 10th October 2017

Venue: Adam Smith Research Foundation Seminar Room, 66 Oakfield Avenue (opposite the Gannochy Sports Building)

Abstract

Mainstream conceptualisations of domestic abuse that focus on an intimate relationship within a nuclear household do not reflect the experiences of abuse of many women, and this is particularly evident when exploring South Asian women’s experiences of family abuse. Drawing on the experiences of Pakistani Muslim women interviewed for my doctoral research, I elucidate the role of the mother-in-law in instigating and perpetrating abuse against daughters-in-law. The sociocultural norms in extended family households, such as preference for sons and maintaining a joint virilocal household, can cause tensions and hostility between mothers- and daughters-in-law. These tendencies have potential for violence that is best understood as everyday practices of power and control. 

SCCJR and GBVRF Seminar:

Isla Callander, School of Law, University of Glasgow

'Consensual Sexual Behaviour Between Adolescents:  Improving the Statutory Framework in Scotland'

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Abstract

This paper examines whether the current statutory approach to regulating consensual sexual behaviour between adolescents in Scotland is appropriate. At present, all consensual sexual intercourse and oro-genital sexual activity between two ‘older children’, defined as those aged 13 to 15, is criminalised under section 37 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. This paper gives an overview of the nature of this legislation, and then contextualises section 37 against the relatively widespread occurrence of these activities amongst older children and the very limited number of prosecutions under the provision in practice. In assessing whether the current approach is appropriate, relevant public health research and aspects of research into adolescent psychology and neurological development are integrated with the principles that should normatively inform criminalisation decisions and doctrinal legal discussions. Overall, it is argued that, while there are good public policy reasons to encourage older children to delay engaging in sexual intercourse and oro-genital sexual activity, the current blanket approach taken by the criminal law in Scotland is overly broad. The legal approaches taken to consensual sexual intercourse between adolescents in other common law jurisdictions are also discussed, as a means to identify possible approaches that Scotland might follow in preference to the current law. These approaches are drawn upon to advocate a more refined approach in the substantive law in Scotland that criminalises consensual sexual intercourse and oro-genital sexual activity involving older children only where there is a substantial age difference between the participants or where there is otherwise evidence of exploitation. It is argued that the refined approach would safeguard adolescents against exploitation without automatically criminalising significant numbers of adolescents for their consensual sexual behaviour.

Gender Based Violence Research Publications in Scotland: 2021

This resource list details Scottish GBV-related research articles and reports published in the past five years It has been prepared annually by the University of Glasgow GBV Research Forum since 2018. The publications listed have been divided into thematic categories, though some are relevant to more than one category. Where resources are available online, hyperlinks have been included. Some journal articles require subscription, but a free pre-publication version of the article may be found on the homepages of academic authors.

Children and young people

Morrison F., Tisdall, E.K.M. and Callaghan, J.E.M. (2020) Manipulation and Domestic Abuse in Contested Contact - Threats to Children's Participation Rights. Family Court Review.

Callaghan, J., Rigby, P. and Beetham, T. (2019) The "Reducing the Impact of Sexual Exploitation" (RISE) Project: An Implementation evaluation. Barnardo's Scotland. Stirling: University of Stirling.

Houghton, C. and Dunbar, J. Barnardo’s (2018) Service Responses. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Houghton, C .and Macdonald, R. SWA (2018) Justice Report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Houghton, C.  (2018) ‘Voice, Agency, Power: A framework for young survivors’ participation in national domestic abuse policy-making’ in Holt, S., Overlien, C. and Devaney, J. Responding to Domestic Violence: Emerging Challenges for Policy, Practice and Research in Europe. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Lombard, N. and Harris, R. (2017) 'Another brick in the wall’ Preventative Education in Scottish Schools,  in O. Brooks, M. Burman and C. McFeely (eds), Domestic Abuse: Contemporary Perspectives and Innovative Practices. Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh.

Scottish Women’s Aid and the Children and Young Person’s Commissioner for Scotland (2017) Power Up, Power Down: Court Ordered Parental Contact, Domestic Abuse and the Voice of the Child.

Covid-19 pandemic

Armstrong, S. et al. (2020) Left out and locked down: impacts of COVID-19 for marginalised groups in Scotland. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Brooks-Hay, O., Burman, M. and Bradley, L. (2020) Domestic abuse and sexual violence: the responses and realities provoked by COVID-19. SCCJR Blog Series, 12 May 2020.

Cairns, I. and Callander, I. (2020) ‘The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Scotland's Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Abuse: Part 1 and 2, University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog, 22 April 2020.

Williamson, E., Lombard, N. and Brooks-Hay, O.  (2020) Domestic violence and abuse, coronavirus, and the media narrative. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 4(2): 289-294.

Domestic abuse

Forbes, E. (2021) Victims' Experiences of The Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Abuse: Beyond Glass Walls - Feminist Developments in Violence and Abuse. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Skafida, V., Morrison, F. and Devaney, J. (2021) Prevalence and Social Inequality in Experiences of Domestic Abuse Among Mothers of Young Children: A Study Using National Survey Data from Scotland. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

McCarry, M., Radford, L. and Baker, V. (2021) ‘"What helps? Mothers’ and children’s experiences of community-based domestic violence early intervention services’ Child Abuse Review, 30(2): 114-129. 

McPherson, R. (2021) Legal change and legal inertia: understanding and contextualising Scottish cases in which women kill their abusers. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 5(2): 289-306.

Cairns, I.  (2020) 'The Moorov Doctrine and Coercive Control: Proving a ‘Course of Behaviour’ under Section 1 of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018', International Journal of Evidence and Proof.

Women's Aid Federations of the UK (2020) Research Integrity Framework on Domestic Violence and Abuse.  Women's Aid England.  

Mackenzie, M. , Gannon, M., Stanley, N., Cosgrove, K. and Feder, G. (2019) ‘You certainly don't go back to the doctor once you've been told, “I'll never understand women like you.”’ Seeking candidacy and structural competency in the dynamics of domestic abuse disclosure. Sociology of Health and Illness, 41(6): 1159-1174.

McPherson, R. (2019) Battered Woman Syndrome, Diminished Responsibility and Women Who Kill: Insights from Scottish Case Law, Journal of Criminal Law, 83(5), pp. 381-393.

Forbes, E. (2018) The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018: The Whole Story? Edinburgh Law Review, 22: 406-11.

Brooks-Hay, O., Burman, M. and McFeely, C. (eds.) (2018) Domestic Abuse: Contemporary Perspectives and Innovative Practices. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Burman, M. and Brooks-Hay, O. (2018) Aligning policy and law? The creation of a domestic abuse offence incorporating coercive control. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 18(1): 67-83.

Brooks-Hay, O. and Lombard, N. (2018) 'Home game': domestic abuse and football; the role of research in policy and practice. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 2(1), pp. 93-108.

Cairns, I.C.M. (2017) What Counts as “Domestic”? Family Relationships and the Proposed Criminalisation of Domestic Abuse in Scotland, Edinburgh Law Review, 21(2): 262-268.

Lombard, N., and Whiting, N. (2017) What’s in a name?: the Scottish Government, feminism and the gendered framing of domestic abuse. In N. Lombard (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence. London: Routledge: 28-39.

Forced marriage

Chantler, K. and McCarry, M. (2019) ‘Forced Marriage, Coercive Control, and Conducive Contexts: The Experiences of Women in Scotland’, Violence Against Women, 26(1): 89-109.  

Chantler, K., Baker, V., MacKenzie, M., McCarry, M. and Mirza, N. (2017) Understanding Forced Marriage in Scotland, The Scottish Government, Social Research. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

GBV and gender (in)equality

Bradbury- Jones, C., Hallett, N., Sammut, D., Billings H., Hegarty, K., Kishchenko, S., Kuruppu, J., McFeely, C., McGarry, J. and Sheridan, J (2020) Gender-based violence: a five-country, cross-sectional survey of health and social care students’ experience, knowledge and confidence in dealing with the issue. Journal of Gender-Based Violence.

Donaldson, A. and McCarry, M. (2018) Rapid Review II - Scottish Higher Education Responses to Gender Based Violence on Campus, Equally Safe in Higher Education Project Report. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.

Houghton, C. and Dawson, K. and Whelan, M. (2018) Gender Inequality and Societal Attitudes. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Prostitution

Malloch M., Robertson L. and Forbes E. (2017) Evidence Assessment of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex: A Review. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Prevention

Burman, M, Dawson, K. McDougall, L., Morton, K. and Nokhbatolfoghahai, F.  (2020) ‘Building authentic partnerships for responding to gender‐based violence in universities’ in R. Lewis and S. Marine (eds.) Collaborating for change: Transforming cultures to end gender-based violence in higher education Oxford: Oxford University Press

Donaldson, A., McCarry, M. and McCullough, A. (2018) ‘Preventing gender-based violence in UK Universities: The policy context’ in Sundari, Lewis and Jones (eds.) Gender-based Violence in university communities – Policy, prevention and educational interventions in Britain. London: Policy Press.

Brooks, O. (2017) ‘Young Women's Responses to Safety Advice in Bars and Clubs: Implications for Future Prevention Campaigns’, in N. Lombard (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence. London: Routledge.

Rape and sexual assault

Biggs, H., Reid, S., Attygalle, K., Vosnaki, K., McPherson, R. and Tata, C. (2021) Public Perceptions of Sentencing in Scotland: Qualitative research exploring sexual offences. Documentation. Scottish Sentencing Council, Edinburgh, UK.

McMillan, L. and White, D. (2021) The Promises and Perils of Anti-rape Technologies, in Powell, A., Flynn, A. and Sugiura, L. (eds). Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan.

McPherson, R., Burgess, N., Gormely, J. and Tata, C. (2021) Sexual offences involving rape literature review. Documentation. Scottish Sentencing Council, Edinburgh.

McPherson, R., Gormely, J., Burgess, N. and Tata, C. (2021) Sexual offences involving sexual assault literature review. Documentation. Scottish Sentencing Council, Edinburgh.

White, D. and McMillan, L. (2021) [De]-Centering the victim: police perceptions of victims of sexual violence through a comparative lens of evidence collection and processing. Feminist Criminology, 16(5): 680-700.

Cairns, I. (2018) ‘Access to justice for complainers? The pitfalls of the Scottish Government’s case to abolish corroboration’ in P. Duff and P. Ferguson, Scottish Criminal Evidence Law: Current Developments and Future Trends. Edinburgh University Press.

Campbell, L. and Cowan, S. (2018) ‘The relevance of sexual history and vulnerability in the prosecution of sexual offences’ in P. Duff and P. Ferguson, Scottish Criminal Evidence Law: Current Developments and Future Trends. Edinburgh University Press.

Cowan, S. (2019) ‘Sense and sensibilities: a feminist critique of legal interventions against sexual violence’ Edinburgh Law Review, 23(1): 22-51.

Brooks-Hay, O. (2020). Doing the “Right Thing”? Understanding Why Rape Victim-Survivors Report to the Police. Feminist Criminology, 15(2): 174–195.

Burman, M. and Brindley, S.  (2020) ‘Challenges in the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences in Scotland’ in R. Killean, E. Dowds, and A. McAlinden Sexual Violence on Trial: Local and Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Burman, M. and Brooks-Hay (2020) Feminist framings of victim advocacy in criminal justice contexts in P. Davies and Tapley, J. (eds.) Victimology: Research, Policy and Activism. Palgrave series in Victims and Victimology.

Burman, M. and Brooks-Hay, O. (2020) Delays in Trials: the implications for victim survivors of rape and serious sexual assault. SCCJR Briefing Paper, July 2020.

White, D. and McMillan, L. (2020) Innovating the Problem Away? A Critical Study of Anti-Rape Technologies, Violence Against Women, 26(10): 1120-1140 .

Brooks-Hay, O., Burman, M. and Bradley, L. (2019) Justice Journeys: Informing policy and practice through lived experience of victim‐survivors of rape and serious sexual assault. SCCJR Research Report 04/2019.

Cancoro de Matos, M. and McFeely, C. (2019) “I didn’t think this service was for people like us”: improving service response to BME survivors of sexual violence. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 3(3): 339-354.  

Chalmers, J. (2019) ‘Sexual offences in Scotland’ in Rook, P. and Ward, R. (eds.) Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences: Law and Practice. Sweet and Maxwell: London: 481-498.

McMillan, L. and White, D. (2019) Boundary-making in the medico-legal context: examining doctor-nurse dynamics in post-sexual assault forensic medical interventions, Sociology of Health and Illness, 41(1):36-51.

McPherson, R. (2019) Donegan v HM Advocate: A step in the right direction for female complainers in sexual offences? Edinburgh Law Review, 23: 406-411.

McMillan, L. (2018) Police Officers’ Perceptions of False Allegations of Rape. Journal of Gender Studies, 27(1): 9-21.

Brooks-Hay, O., Burman, M., Bradley, L. and Kyle, D. (2018) Evaluation of the Rape Crisis Scotland National Advocacy Project: Final Report. Glasgow: SCCJR Research Report.

White, D. and McMillan, L. (2018) ‘Statutory Response to Sexual Violence: Where Doubt is Always Considered Reasonable’, in Lombard, N. The Routledge Handbook of Gender Based Violence, London: Routledge.

Brooks, O. and Burman, M. (2017) Reporting rape: victim perspectives on advocacy support in the criminal justice process. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 17(2): 209-225.

Stalking

Proctor, K. (2018) Stalking as a gender-based violence. In Lombard, N. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence. London: Routledge.

 

 

Member biographies

Rebecca Averill is a postgraduate student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice MSc. She is interested in developing her dissertation around the topic of gender and violence, women as perpetrators and as victims. Other areas of interest include honour-based abuse, forced marriage, coercive control, domestic abuse, sentencing and punishment, and gender socialisation. 

Susan Batchelor is a Senior Lecturer based in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Her research interests centre around the intersections of gender, generation, culture and crime and include: the strengths and limitations of gendered accounts of violence; approaches to working with girls and young women who offend; women and risk; girls and gangs. 

Carolyn Blake, Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)

Lisa Bradley is a Lecturer in Creative and Interdisciplinary Studies in Education in the School of Education, and an Affiliate Researcher with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Her research focuses on the relationships between dominant knowledge structures/practices and marginalised ways knowing of being. She specialises in designing post-qualitative and arts-based methodologies to uncover and transform such structures; and has used such approaches in her work with survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic abuse, towards making visible their perceptions and experiences, of abuse and justice.

Oona Brooks-Hay is a Reader in Criminology based within the Sociology subject area and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). She has worked as a researcher and practitioner in the field of gender-based violence for over twenty years. Recent research includes projects focusing creative representations of rape victim-survivor experiences of the criminal justice process, rape advocacy, and frontline responses to domestic abuse across Europe. 

Ulku Baturoglu Balci is a PhD researcher in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, based in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). Her PhD research, titled “Constituting Violence: Women’s Experiences of Violence in Rural Scotland”, aims to understand how women experience and negotiate gender-based violence within the social, cultural and spatial context of rural localities.

Michele Burman is a Professor of Criminology. She has substantial specialist knowledge and expertise in the area of gender, crime and criminal justice, in particular in relation to sexual offences and violence against women. 

James Chalmers works in the School of Law and carries out research in the areas of criminal law, evidence and procedure, including court processes. In particular, he has worked on the reform of sexual offences law and the use of victim statements in criminal proceedings.

Isabella Copplestone is a postgraduate student on the Gender History MSc at Glasgow. She is looking to orient her dissertation around the exclusion of older women from feminist- and/or state-organised GBV service provision. More generally, she is interested in learning more about the intersections of gender, older age, disability, and justice, as well as intergenerational relations in feminist organizing. 

Lindsay Farmer works on the history and theory of criminal law. He has a particular interest in legal responses to sexual and gender violence. He is the author, most recently, of Making the Modern Criminal Law. Criminalization and Civil Order (Oxford, 2016).

Ruth Friskney is based in SCCJR as a research associate on the European funded project. IMPRODOVA: Improving frontline responses to high impact domestic violence at the University of Edinburgh, she has been working on Improving Justice in Child Contact, a five country European project seeking to enhance children’s participation in decisions that affect them. Ruth also works part-time at the University of Stirling on Constructions of children and parents during the reform of family law in Scotland, a project looking at discourses around domestic abuse and families during the parliamentary process of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.

Jenn Glinski is a PhD student in the Urban Studies department. Her PhD research focuses on understanding the role and nature of financial barriers to leaving an abusive relationship and on exploring how women’s personal financial situations prior and post leaving are likely to be affected by key social security policies in Scotland and the UK. The working title of her PhD is ‘Careful calculus’ in its structural and policy context: what does it cost to leave an abusive relationship? 

Christine Goodall is Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery based in the Dental School. She has research interests in the epidemiology of violence, violence prevention and interventions for violence and alcohol in clinical settings, particularly trauma clinics. She founded Medics against Violence, a violence prevention charity in 2008 and as part of that developed a training (Ask Support Care) around domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault for those working in health and other front facing roles where they may encounter those experiencing abuse. 

Mo Hume is a Senior Lecturer in Politics. Her research focuses on how multiple and overlapping forms of violence are perceived by those who live in contexts of chronic insecurity. She has applied the insights from feminist theory and practice for understanding violent processes and women¹s responses to these. This involves detailed research on violence against women, as well as a situated exploration of the wider gendered politics of violence. She has carried out extensive fieldwork in Central America.

Poppy Jeffery is a postgraduate student on the Equality and Human Rights MSc, and has a particular interest in the uses of intersectional frameworks for analysing the ways GBV can be racialised. Having been inspired by her modules ‘Sexualities and Society’ and ‘Racial Justice and The City’, she is beginning to work on her dissertation research which will explore GBV within the context of de-colonial studies.

Natalie Jenkins is a research assistant with the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group and Centre for Dementia Prevention (University of Edinburgh) with an interest in domestic abuse and dementia risk.

Fiona Leverick, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (School of Law)

Mhairi Mackenzie works in the field of health inequalities with a particular interest in researching discourses of health and its social determinants. She also conducts research within the arena of gender based violence and is concerned with how structural factors play out in the microlevel encounters that women experiencing abuse have with service providers.

Jane Mair, Professor of Private Law (School of Law)

Clare McFeely is a Lecturer in Nursing & Health Care, MVLS.  Clare is interested in gender based violence as a public health issue, health service responses to survivors (primarily of domestic abuse) and in introducing GBV to the undergraduate curriculum. Prior to working at the University of Glasgow Clare worked in a range of roles within the NHS, originally as a midwife and latterly as research manager on the Scottish Government National GBV & Health programme.

Rachel McPherson, Lecturer in Criminal Law (School of Law)

Nughmana Mirza is a lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, based in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Her main research interests relate to South Asian women’s experiences of family abuse at the macro- and micro-level. 

Kirstin Mitchell is a Senior Research Fellow at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Institute of Health and Wellbeing. She is a social scientist specialising in sexual health and is interested in links between sexual violence, gender inequality, and sexual health outcomes (including sexually transmitted infections and sexual function). Kirstin is currently collaborating with Rape Crisis, Zero Tolerance and Glasgow Caledonian University, to develop and evaluate a Whole-Schools approach to addressing gender-based violence in secondary schools.

Elly Nowell is a Leverhulme funded PhD student currently researching criminal law reform. She is jointly supervised by the School of Law and the SCCJR. Her working title is 'Criminal statistics and the development of sexual offences'. 

Helen Sweeting started work at the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) within the Youth and Health Programme in late 1990, and she has a longstanding interest in influences on young people's health and health behaviours. Helen is currently involved in collaborative work between SPHSU, Rape Crisis, Zero Tolerance and Glasgow Caledonian University, to refine, pilot, deliver and evaluate a Whole-Schools approach to addressing gender-based violence and sexual harassment in Scottish secondary schools.

Mairi Hamilton is a PhD researcher based in the Centre for Gender History at Glasgow. Her thesis examines narrative accounts of women’s experience of domestic abuse in early nineteenth-century Scotland. It analyses court records from a feminist perspective to shed light on the impact of male violence on diverse aspects of women’s ordinary lives.

Tracey McKee is a part-time student on the (new) MVLS MSc in Digital Health Interventions and works as a Librarian in the NHS where she has experience of developing mobile apps in the area of mental health. Her dissertation project is around the use of mobile apps to support survivors of sexual violence; this will involve undertaking qualitative research with survivors in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland in 2022.