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Professor in the Department of Sociology+44 (0) 191 33 46833
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing+44 (0) 191 33 46833


I am the Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA). My research consists of around thirty research and consultancy projects in the field of male violence against women. I am particularly known for my work on rape, domestic violence and prostitution which has underpinned a number of policy changes and which I have spoken about all over the world.

Many of my research reports are available on my personal website (link above) or on the CRiVA website. My most recent book was published in May 2015 by Routledge - 'Violence Against Women - Criminological Perspectives on Men's Violences.' My most recent research report was Project Mirabal about domestic violence perpetrator programmes

In the Department of Sociology I teach on the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice and convene and teach the Violence and Abuse module. I supervise PhD researchers in a range of topics (listed below).

If you are interested in becoming a member of CRiVA and recieve updates on our work and invitations to events please email We particularly welcome membership from students, survivors, and from people who work outside academia.

I strongly believe that academic research should be used to create positive ‘real world’ social change and it is this that drives my personal research agenda. My recent academic advisor and consultancy positions have included Special Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for their Inquiry into Violence against Women and Girls (2014-15) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (2012-15).

Previously, I have also held the position of Special Advisor to the Government’s Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Project and chaired one of its Expert Groups. My research has directly underpinned two major government policy reform processes (HM Government Stern Review into Rape and the Home Office Coordinated Prostitution Strategy). I held the voluntary position of Chair of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) for five years.

Research interests

  • All forms of violence against women (particularly sexual and domestic violence)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2015: Special Advisor: Special advisor to the House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights for their Inquiry into Violence against Women and Girls.


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