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Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA)

Media and Blogs

2018

5th January - Prof Nicole Westmarland is interviewed about her British Academy research project - 'The Academy-funded academic researching men who speak out against the abuse of women' - https://www.britac.ac.uk/blog/academy-funded-academic-researching-men-who-speak-out-against-abuse-women

20th February - Prof Clare McGlynn comments in article by the Guardian - 'Campaigners call for 'upskirting' law for England and Wales' - https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/feb/20/government-rules-out-upskirting-law-for-england-and-wales

9th March - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post UK - 'The law must protect all victims of image-based sexual abuse - Not just upskirting' - https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/not-only-upskirting-law-must-protect-all-victims_uk_5aa105e8e4b0ef2aaff7048e

15th June - Dr Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'Violent crime against older people is at record levels: Here’s why' - https://theconversation.com/violent-crime-against-older-people-is-at-record-levels-heres-why-98266

15th June - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Conversation - '‘Upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’: The need for a comprehensive law' - https://theconversation.com/upskirting-and-revenge-porn-the-need-for-a-comprehensive-law-98403

15th June - Prof Clare McGlynn comments in an article by the Guardian - 'Upskirting to become a criminal offence punishable by two years in jail' - https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jun/15/upskirting-to-become-a-criminal-offence-punishable-by-two-years-in-jail

21st June - Prof Clare McGlynn is interviewed in article by the Guardian - 'Call for upskirting bill to include 'deepfake' pornography ban' - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/call-for-upskirting-bill-to-include-deepfake-pornography-ban

29th June - Kelly Henderson writes for the Women's Homelessness in Europe Network with Gudrun Burnet - 'The vital role housing providers can play in responding to domestic abuse' - http://womenshomelessness.org/blog/the-vital-role-housing-providers-can-play-in-responding-to-domestic-abuse/

4th July - Stephen Burrell writes for the British Sociological Association - 'Changing men and masculinities in the wake of #MeToo' - https://britsoc.co.uk/about/latest-news/2018/july/changing-men-and-masculinities-in-the-wake-of-metoo/

10th July - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for iNews - 'Misogyny as a hate crime? Preventing it will really help women feel safe - https://inews.co.uk/opinion/nottingham-is-leading-the-way-on-making-misogyny-a-hate-crime-the-rest-of-us-should-follow-suit/

ead more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/nottingham-is-leading-the-way-on-making-misogyny-a-hate-crime-the-rest-of-us-should-follow-suit/
Misogyny as a hate crime? Preventing it will really help women feel safe

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/nottingham-is-leading-the-way-on-making-misogyny-a-hate-crime-the-rest-of-us-should-follow-suit/
Misogyny as a hate crime? Preventing it will really help women feel safe

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/nottingham-is-leading-the-way-on-making-misogyny-a-hate-crime-the-rest-of-us-should-follow-suit

11th July - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post UK - ''Revenge Porn' And Upskirting Remind Us Sexual Offending Is Not About Sexual Arousal' - https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/revenge-porn-and-why-sexual-offending-is-not-about_uk_5b45c9e7e4b00db1492ffe9f

2017

13th January - Prof Clare McGlynn is interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour - 'Watching porn in public places' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04pd1gd

And is quoted in an accompanying BBC News article - 'Is it OK to watch porn in public?' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38611265

17th January - Sussex University publishes report on the findings of independent review by Prof Nicole Westmarland - 'University of Sussex publishes independent report into domestic violence case' - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/38669

Which is covered in the Guardian - 'Sussex University failed duty of care to assault victim, inquiry finds' - https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jan/17/sussex-university-failed-duty-of-care-assault-victim-inquiry

And BBC News - 'University of Sussex 'sorry' for domestic violence failings' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38656261

19th January - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post - 'Watching porn in public - A modern form of street harassment?' - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/clare-mcglynn/watching-porn-in-public-a_2_b_14268708.html

20th January - Sussex University inquiry conducted by Prof Nicole Westmarland discussed in Times Higher Education - '‘Get house in order’ on staff-student liaisons, says NUS officer' - https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/get-house-order-staff-student-liaisons-says-nus-officer

16th February - CRiVA's involvement in the national Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse discussed on the Durham University website - 'Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise' - https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=30496

And in the Evening Chronicle - 'How Newcastle and Durham universities could be pivotal to helping lead fight against child abuse' - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-newcastle-durham-universities-could-12610623

27th February - Prof Simon Hackett writes for the NSPCC - 'How we developed the harmful sexual behaviour framework' - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/impact-evidence-evaluation-child-protection/impact-and-evidence-insights/developed-harmful-sexual-behaviour-framework

And the national framework is discussed on the Durham University website - 'New framework to safeguard children' - https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=30645

28th February - Press release for the publication of a new piece of research by Prof Nicole Westmarland, Kelly Johnson and Prof Clare McGlynn - 'Study finds police use out of court resolutions in over 5,000 domestic abuse cases' - https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/oupu-sfp022817.php

28th February - Prof Simon Hackett writes for the Conversation - 'Issue of children who sexually abuse other children is not something that can be ignored' - https://theconversation.com/issue-of-children-who-sexually-abuse-other-children-is-not-something-that-can-be-ignored-73478

3rd March - New study by Prof Nicole Westmarland, Kelly Johnson and Prof Clare McGlynn is discussed on the Durham University website 'Policing domestic abuse' - https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=30747

And on the N8 Policing Research Partnership website - '‘Under the Radar’ – New study shows use of ‘out of court’ resolutions widespread in cases of domestic abuse' - http://n8prp.org.uk/radar-new-study-shows-use-court-resolutions-widespread-cases-domestic-abuse/

5th March - Prof Nicole Westmarland quoted in Guardian article - 'Sexual harassment 'at epidemic levels' in UK universities' - https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/05/students-staff-uk-universities-sexual-harassment-epidemic

5th March - Prof Clare McGlynn appears on BBC One's 'The Big Questions' debate about sex and relationships education - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08hqmvz/the-big-questions-series-10-episode-9

5th March - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post UK - ‘Should porn be on the school curriculum?' - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/clare-mcglynn/should-porn-be-on-the-sch_b_15166828.html

6th March - Research by Prof Nicole Westmarland, Kelly Johnson, and Prof Clare McGlynn on domestic abuse 'out of court resolutions' in discussed in Guardian editorial - 'The Guardian view on sexual harassment in universities: taking it seriously' - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/06/the-guardian-view-on-sexual-harassment-in-universities-taking-it-seriously

19th March - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post UK - ‘Revenge porn’ is a form of sexual assault' - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/clare-mcglynn/revenge-porn_b_15441782.html

28th March - Kathryn Royal is interviewed by BBC Radio Newcastle about victim blaming in cases of sexual violence - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04w6q5r

31st March - Prof Clare McGlynn appears on BBC Two programme Timeline to debate new Scottish law on image-based sexual abuse - https://claremcglynn.com/2017/03/31/bbc-2-debates-new-scots-law-on-image-based-sexual-abuse/

28th April - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for the BSA Violence Against Women Study Group Blog - 'Talking to women about porn' - http://bsavaw.weebly.com/blog/talking-to-women-about-porn-dr-fiona-vera-gray

15th August - Profs Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley write for the Conversation - 'Why ‘upskirting’ needs to be made a sex crime' - https://theconversation.com/why-upskirting-needs-to-be-made-a-sex-crime-82357

16th October - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for BBC News - '100 Women: The 'right amount' of panic for women in public' - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-41614720

25th October - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray is interviewed in a Telegraph article - 'What can you do about sexual harassment in the workplace?' - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/can-do-sexual-harassment-workplace/

26th October - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post UK - 'Policing upskirting: It's serious, not funny' - https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/clare-mcglynn/policing-upskirting_b_18349550.html

9th November - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for the Conversation - 'Sexual harassment: It’s all part of growing up' - https://theconversation.com/sexual-harassment-its-all-part-of-growing-up-87198

24th November - Dr Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'Almost two million UK adults have experienced domestic abuse in the last year' - https://theconversation.com/almost-two-million-uk-adults-have-experienced-domestic-abuse-in-the-last-year-87913

17th December - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Huffington Post UK - 'Why laws on sexual history evidence still need reform' - https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/why-laws-on-sexual-history-evidence-still-need-reform_uk_5a33b187e4b0e1b4472ae56d

22nd December - Dr Hannah Bows is interviewed in Telgraph article - 'What can we learn from other countries when it comes to rape convictions?' - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/can-learn-countries-comes-rape-convictions/

2016

7th January - Prof Nicole Westmarland appears in an article in the Telegraph - 'Ingrained sexism and lad banter: Why rape culture is still alive at British universities' - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/ingrained-sexism-and-lad-banter-why-rape-culture-is-still-alive/

15th February - Prof Clare McGlynn writes for the Inherently Human blog with Professor Erika Rackley - Not ‘revenge porn’, but abuse: let’s call it image-based sexual abuse' - https://inherentlyhuman.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/not-revenge-porn-but-abuse-lets-call-it-image-based-sexual-abuse/

16th February - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for the Telegraph - 'Porn: Our children are obsessed - but not for the reasons you think' - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/porn-our-children-are-obsessed---but-not-for-the-reasons-you-thi/

26th February - Professor Nicole Westmarland is interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour about the Dame Janet Smith Review - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b071fnw4

1st March - Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'Will changing the focus from victim to perpetrator end domestic violence?' - https://theconversation.com/will-changing-the-focus-from-victim-to-perpetrator-end-domestic-violence-55206

1st March - Hannah Bows writes for Therapy Today - 'Older women and domestic violence' - http://www.therapytoday.net/article/show/5213/older-women-and-domestic-violence/

15th April - Stephen Burrell writes for his personal blog - 'How can we tackle sexual violence on university campuses?' - https://thedailypandablog.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/how-can-we-tackle-sexual-violence-on-university-campuses/

16th April - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Wolfson Research Institute blog on why academics should write for non-academic audiences - https://www.dur.ac.uk/wolfson.institute/wrinews/?itemno=27755

18th April - Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'Murder of older women is more of a problem than you think' - https://theconversation.com/murder-of-older-women-is-more-of-a-problem-than-you-think-57529

And the piece is republished in the Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/murder-of-older-women-is-more-of-a-problem-that-you-think-a6989376.html

19th April - Kathryn Royal writes for the Durham Women Rising blog - 'Stephen Fry and what should be done when a charity ambassador gets it wrong?' - https://durhamwomenrising.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/stephen-fry-and-what-should-be-done-when-a-charity-ambassador-gets-it-wrong/

11th May - Mark Treloar writes for the N8 Policing Research Partnership blog - 'Building bridges between policing and academia – Reflections from the ground' - http://n8prp.org.uk/building_bridges/

15th May - Andrea Darling writes for the NextGenForensic blog - 'Female child sexual abusers - How are they getting away with it in organisational contexts?' - https://nextgenforensic.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/female-child-sexual-abusers-how-are-they-getting-away-with-it-in-organisational-contexts/

17th May - Prof Nicole Westmarland is interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about Durham Constabulary's domestic abuse training, from 7:25 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bbvzj

20th May - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for the website Trouble and Strife - 'Situating agency' - http://www.troubleandstrife.org/2016/05/situating-agency/

26th May - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray quoted in Guardian article - 'Half of misogynistic tweets sent by women, study finds' - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/26/half-of-misogynistic-tweets-sent-by-women-study-finds

14th June - Kate Butterworth is interviewed on BBC Radio Tees about coercive control, from 2:14:25 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wxfw5

6th September - Prof Clare McGlynn is interviewed on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show about 'revenge porn' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwhIXEM9yQ

20th September - Dr Hannah Bows is interviewed on BBC Radio 4 programme File on 4 - 'The Last Taboo' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vs2ny

21st September - Kelly Henderson writes about her PhD research for Housing Week - 'Be the change you want to see' - http://housingweek.co.uk/the-week/blog/be-the-change-you-want-to-see

21st September - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for the Conversation - 'Have you ever wondered how much energy you put in to avoid being assaulted? It may shock you' - https://theconversation.com/have-you-ever-wondered-how-much-energy-you-put-in-to-avoid-being-assaulted-it-may-shock-you-65372

5th October - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for Epigeum - 'The Universities UK taskforce: One year on' - https://www.epigeum.com/epigeum-insights/news/one-year-universities-uk-taskforce/

7th October - Prof Nicole Westmarland is interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about domestic violence perpetrators - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07xf35z

13th October - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray and Dr Bianca Fileborn write for the Conversation 'Trump and tram reactions show social media’s complex role in responding to sexual harassment' - https://theconversation.com/trump-and-tram-reactions-show-social-medias-complex-role-in-responding-to-sexual-harassment-66762

18th October - Prof Clare McGlynn is interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour about the use of sexual history in rape trials - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z3cb1

2nd November - Prof Nicole Westmarland is interviewed by Epigeum (video) - 'Getting it right: Responding to disclosures of sexual violence at universities' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXiDyPDUq90

3rd November - Prof Clare McGlynn is interviewed by the Palatinate - 'University sexual violence strategy praised in national report' - http://www.palatinate.org.uk/university-sexual-violence-strategy-praised-in-national-report/

27th November - Karen Ingala-Smith writes for Open Democracy - 'When a man kills a woman' - https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/karen-ingala-smith/when-man-kills-woman

30th November - Dr Fiona Vera-Gray writes for OpenDemocracy - 'Men's intrusion: Rethinking street harassment' - https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/fiona-vera-gray/men-s-intrusion-rethinking-street-harassment

6th December - Kate Butterworth writes for Discover Society - 'Same-sex partner abuse: A look at data from UK police forces' - http://www.discoversociety.org/2016/12/06/same-sex-partner-abuse-a-look-at-data-from-uk-police-forces/

7th December - Karen Ingala-Smith writes for the Guardian - 'Why does a woman stay with a violent man? Sometimes, to save her life' - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/07/femicide-census-violence-against-women

7th December - Karen Ingala-Smith is quoted in Guardian article - 'Men killed 900 women in six years in England and Wales, figures show' - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/07/men-killed-900-women-six-years-england-wales-figures-show

2015

13th January - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Conversation with Prof Liz Kelly about the findings of Project Mirabal - 'Leopards can’t change their spots but domestic violence programmes do change lives' - https://theconversation.com/leopards-cant-change-their-spots-but-domestic-violence-programmes-do-change-lives-36157

20th January - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Telegraph - 'Sexual assault: Our universities are a 'national embarrassment'' - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11354771/Sexual-assault-Our-univeristies-are-a-national-embarrassment.html

16th February - Profs Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley write for the Conversation - 'The new law against ‘revenge porn’ is welcome, but no guarantee of success' - https://theconversation.com/the-new-law-against-revenge-porn-is-welcome-but-no-guarantee-of-success-37598

22nd May - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Conversation - 'Damage caused by incompetent rape response shows just how vital specialist teams are' - https://theconversation.com/damage-caused-by-incompetent-rape-response-shows-just-how-vital-specialist-teams-are-42278

15th June - Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'Domestic violence ‘grown old’: the unseen victims of prolonged abuse' - https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-grown-old-the-unseen-victims-of-prolonged-abuse-43014

18th June - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for Times Higher Education - 'Life after death: one scholar’s advice on developing a "new normal"' https://www.timeshighereducation.com/life-after-death-one-scholars-advice-on-developing-a-new-normal

15th July - Hannah Bows writes for the Northern Correspondent - 'Opening eyes: We need to work harder in our region to raise awareness of older women experiencing domestic abuse' - http://northerncorrespondent.com/2015/07/15/opening-eyes/

16th July - Judith Evans writes for the Conversation - 'Rise in ‘sugar babies’ mirrors increase in student sex work' -https://theconversation.com/rise-in-sugar-babies-mirrors-increase-in-student-sex-work-44377

And the piece is republished in the Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/student-sex-work-and-the-rise-of-sugar-babies-10394672.html

21st July - Hannah Bows writes for the Durham Women Rising blog - 'Challenging the ‘real rape’ myths around older people' - https://durhamwomenrising.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/challenging-the-real-rape-myths-around-older-people/

28th July - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Conversation - 'How to respond to an allegation of sexual assault' - https://theconversation.com/how-to-respond-to-an-allegation-of-sexual-assault-45333

With a piece that is republished in the Guardian - 'How to respond if someone tells you they’ve been raped or sexually assaulted' - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/29/sexual-assault-rape-how-to-respond

And the Independent - 'How to respond if someone tells you they've been sexually assaulted' - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/how-to-respond-if-someone-tells-you-theyve-been-sexually-assaulted-10427108.html

9th August - Hannah Bows is interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster about the blame culture in sexual violence cases - ‘Innocent until proven guilty?’ - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b064zv5g

26th August - Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'Women-only train carriages are just another form of victim blaming' - https://theconversation.com/women-only-train-carriages-are-just-another-form-of-victim-blaming-46693

30th September - Stephen Burrell is quoted in Guardian article - 'Young, male and feminist - if only there were more of them' - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/sep/30/young-male-and-feminist-if-only-there-were-more-of-them

20th October - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Durham Women Rising blog - Some reflections on 'The Hunting Ground' film - https://durhamwomenrising.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/some-reflections-on-the-hunting-ground-film/

19th November - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for Times Higher Education about sexual violence on campus - 'We can’t run away from rape' - https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/we-cant-run-away-from-rape

19th November - Dr Fiona Vera Gray contributes to a debate in the Economist on 'can porn be good for us?' - http://debates.economist.com/debate/online-pornography

25th November - Hannah Bows writes for the Conversation - 'It’s not just the young who suffer sexual violence - older people get raped too' - https://theconversation.com/its-not-just-the-young-who-suffer-sexual-violence-older-people-get-raped-too-50994

25th November - BBC News reports on research by Hannah Bows and Prof Nicole Westmarland - 'Durham University study finds over-60s sex attack victims feel 'invisible' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34914982

25th November - ITV News discusses research by Hannah Bows and Prof Nicole Westmarland - 'Durham University study challenges 'real rape' stereotype of older people' - http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-11-25/durham-university-study-challenges-real-rape-stereotype-of-older-people/

25th November - Express North reports on research by Hannah Bows and Prof Nicole Westmarland - 'Durham University study reveals most raped pensioners know their abuser' - http://expressnorth.co.uk/4422-2/

25th November - Hannah Bows is interviewed by Local Sunderland about her research - 'Durham Uni research reveals older women are also rape victims' - http://www.localsunderland.com/news/sunderland-news/10426/durham-uni-research-reveals-older-women-are-also-rape-victims/

2014

24th January - Prof Nicole Westmarland discusses the sentences given to the Criado-Perez trolls in the Conversation - https://theconversation.com/court-sends-the-right-message-in-sentencing-criado-perez-trolls-22417

28th January - Prof Nicole Westmarland talks about what needs to change to stop violence against women - http://www.durhamtimes.co.uk/news/10969619.What_needs_to_change_to_stop_violence_against_women_/

11th February - Profs Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley write for the Conversation - 'Laws against rape porn must do more to address cultural harm' - https://theconversation.com/laws-against-rape-porn-must-do-more-to-address-cultural-harm-23048

7th March - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Conversation - 'Rise of the feminist killjoy: why Paddy Power had to pull its misogynist advertising' - https://theconversation.com/rise-of-the-feminist-killjoy-why-paddy-power-had-to-pull-its-misogynist-advertising-24144

15th April - Prof Nicole Westmarland explains how academics will work together with Durham Constabulary to improve officer training - http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11136043.Drama_will_allow_victims_voices_to_be_heard/?action=complain&cid=12668046

26th April - Prof Westmarland chairs discussion - Rugby Club and Feminism Society Host Debate: 'Is There a Relationship Between Lad Culture and Sexual Violence?' http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/flo-perry/lad-culture-sexual-violence_b_4846480.html

8th May - Nicole Westmarland, Professor of Criminology and Co-Director of Durham University's Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse comments on rape within universities - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10816682/Rape-isnt-really-rape-when-it-happens-at-university.-Is-this-really-the-view-of-certain-students.html

29th May - Prof Nicole Westmarland is quoted in the Daily Mail following Elliot Rodger's killings of women in the USA - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2643262/Inside-world-woman-haters-The-terrifyingly-misogynistic-websites-fuelled-rage-virgin-killer-poisons-spreading-Britain.html

13th June - Prof Westmarland reflects on the Sexual Violence Summit in London and argues not all messages about rape were welcome https://theconversation.com/not-all-messages-about-rape-were-welcome-at-hague-and-jolies-sexual-violence-summit-27945

19th July - Prof Westmarland talks to the BBC about the right to appeal and review the decision not to charge in rape and other sexual offence cases - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28377445

23rd July - Profs Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn write for the Conversation - 'The law must focus on consent when it tackles revenge porn' - https://theconversation.com/the-law-must-focus-on-consent-when-it-tackles-revenge-porn-29501

21st August - Prof Nicole Westmarland writes for the Conversation - 'May finally sees that domestic abuse laws must cover more than physical violence' - https://theconversation.com/may-finally-sees-that-domestic-abuse-laws-must-cover-more-than-physical-violence-30742

2013

13th January - Dr Westmarland joins the debate on BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Double Take’ about the impact of Jimmy Savile's crimes, discussing whether there will be a lasting impact on how the UK deals with sex offences - 'Rape reporting, Savile, and the police' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pvw0z

13th March - In the Journal, Prof Hackett discusses the research he is involved in to explore how therapy can help child abuse victims to go on to lead positive lives - http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-child-abuse-victims-4395345

Also discussed in This is Bristol - http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Therapies-child-sex-abuse-victims-evaluated/story-18402610-detail/story.html#axzz2ZaV6dXX2

17th March - Prof Hackett discusses the incease in children being arrested for sexual offences - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/experts-blame-online-pornography-hundreds-1752997

10th June - Profs Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn write for the Conversation - 'Rape should be ‘extreme’ enough for English porn laws' - https://theconversation.com/rape-should-be-extreme-enough-for-english-porn-laws-15048

24th July - Prof Hackett supports the Northern Echo’s campaign ‘Keep Kids Safe’ and insists that the interests of justice must come before the interests of abusers - http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10566163.Expert_says_justice_should_come_before_interests_of_sex_offenders/

21st November - Prof Simon Hackett mentioned in article on early intervention with children displaying harmful sexual behaviour - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jon-brown/sexual-behaviour_b_4315127.html

11th December - A university has launched an awareness campaign in a bid to eliminate violence against women and girls. The event was hosted by Prof Nicole Westmarland, who co-founded and co-directs the university's Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse - http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durham-women-rising-campaign-end-6394230

2012

14th June - Prof Hackett provides his opinion on a special report into ‘Girls who display sexually harmful behaviour’ in an article in Community Care - http://www.communitycare.co.uk/articles/14/06/2012/118285/girls-who-display-sexually-harmful-behaviour-special.htm

26th July - On ITV Tyne Tees Dr Westmarland discusses her research findings which reveal that women are reluctant to report domestic violence, stalking and rape to the police - ‘Women lack confidence in the police’ - http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2012-07-26/women-lack-confidence-in-the-police/

Also reported on:

26th July - BBC News - 'Women ‘lack trust’ in rape police, Durham University study finds' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18997996

27th July - The Journal - 'Police in rape pledge after Durham University study' - http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/police-rape-pledge-after-durham-4407291

7th October - Dr Westmarland provides an expert view on the treatment of rape victims and the impacts of rape myths and stereotypes - 'IoS investigation: Britain's record on rape shows shocking new failures' - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/ios-investigation-britains-record-on-rape-shows-shocking-new-failures-8200806.html?origin=internalSearch

26th November - Dr Nicole Westmarland’s study finds women reluctant to report stalking - http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2012-11-26/study-finds-women-reluctant-to-report-stalking/

2011

9th April - Dr Westmarland comments in the Evening Chronicle about the reduction in sentence of a convicted perpetrator of sexual assault and agrees that cutting the sentence sends out the wrong message to sex offenders and expresses her concerns for the safety of women - 'Sex attack cabbie has his sentence slashed' -
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2011/04/09/sex-attack-cabbie-has-his-sentence-slashed-72703-28490452/

19th May - Dr Westmarland joins the debate on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss Ken Clarke’s comments on ‘real rape’ - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0116k6n

Also covered on:

19th May - Spiked - 'This rape debate is demeaning to women' - http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/8319/#.UelWPI3VDGF

7th June - Dr Westmarland gives her opinion to the Evening Chronicle on the Slut Walk taking place in Newcastle, explaining the benefits of engaging a whole new generation of women into becoming active in dismissing myths and stereotypes surrounding sexual violence - 'We are taking the streets back in style' - http://www.thefreelibrary.com/We+are+taking+back+streets+in+style%3B+Women+are+taking+to+the+streets...-a0258225872

2010

20th February - Dr Westmarland joins the discussion as an invited witness on the BBC Radio 4 show 'Moral Maze' to debate ‘Should some rape victims accept some responsibility for being attacked?’ - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qpqj8

15th March - Dr Westmarland expresses her view of the Stern report in the Telegraph, welcoming the findings and recommendations but suggesting that more needs to be done to provide better support to victims and encourage reporting - 'Stern report on rape still not good enough' - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7450955/Stern-report-on-rape-still-not-good-enough.html

17th March - Dr Westmarland discusses the Stern report recommendations in the Northern Echo and comments on what can be done going forward - 'Attitudes have to change' - http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/leader/5065892.Attitudes_have_to_change/

17th March - Prof Hackett discusses the inconsistencies in the way young abusers are dealt with on BBC Newsnight - 'Hidden problem of children sexually abusing children' -http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8569219.stm

18th March - Prof Hackett discusses the legal age of criminal responsibility in The Guardian - 'Better ways to deal with child sex offenders' - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/mar/18/better-ways-deal-child-offenders

23rd April - In the Yorkshire Post, Dr Westmarland discusses the research she is currently involved in which aims to explore what improvements need to be made by police to better support and encourage rape victims - 'Force calls in researchers over rape case standards' - http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/around-yorkshire/local-stories/force_calls_in_researchers_over_rape_case_standards_1_2571972

16th May - Dr Westmarland comments in the Sunday Sun on the decision of a Judge to release a rapist on bail pending his sentence, despite a guilty plea - 'Fury as rapist is set free' -http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/north-east-news/2010/05/16/fury-as-rapist-is-set-free-79310-26454080/

June - Prof Hackett’s research into ‘Recidivism, desistance and life course trajectories of young sexual abusers’ is discussed in The University of Huddersfield’s newsletter - http://www.hud.ac.uk/media/universityofhuddersfield/content/documents/research/cacs/Newsletter%20Vol%206%20Issue%201.pdf

27th July – In the Northern Echo Dr Westmarland discusses her report which outlines the need for an improvement in the service provision for domestic abuse victims in Darlington - 'Review of abuse support 'problems'' - http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/8293770.Review_of_abuse_support____problems___/

2009

7th January - Dr Westmarland discusses rape within families in the Northern Echo in light of the recent ‘Fritzl’ case, and discusses her role as Chair of Rape Crisis - 'British Fritzl is not a one-off' - http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/leader/4026119._British_Fritzl_is_not_a_one_off_/

16th March - Dr Westmarland writes about the John Worboys case in the Telegraph - 'Just how did John Worboys get away with sexually assaulting so many women for so long?' - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/5001116/Just-how-did-John-Worboys-get-away-with-sexually-assaulting-so-many-women-for-so-long.html

15th May - Dr Nicole Westmarland joins a debate to discuss her research on female taxi drivers on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour - 'Pink Ladies' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/03/2009_19_fri.shtml

24th June - Dr Westmarland comments in the the Journal on the impact of releasing a sex offender into the community and the rape he then went on to commit - 'Serial rapist Anthony Curran jailed' - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2009/06/24/serial-rapist-anthony-curran-jailed-61634-23960237/

9th July - Dr Westmarland discusses the impact of the decision to release a rapist from prison early in This is Bath - 'Why was sex fiend let out to rape again?' - http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/sex-fiend-let-rape/story-11317452-detail/story.html

26th August - Dr Westmarland writes for The Sun as a criminal justice expert and discusses the impact on victims of rape porn - 'Stop Rape Now campaign - criminal justice expert' - http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/2606898/Why-film-starring-Jordans-lover-sends-wrong-message.html

26th August - Dr Westmarland comments on the Alex Reid rape scene and the damaging impacts of rape myths and stereotypes in The Digital Spy - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a173872/alex-reid-rape-scene-criticism-continues.html

6th September - Dr Westmarland debates with Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police John Yates on the BBC Radio 4 'PM' Show with Eddie Mair - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tl3dr

10th November - Dr Westmarland comments in the Telegraph about the decision taken by Scotland Yard to ban the term ‘gang rape’ - '‘Gang rape’ term banned by Scotland Yard' -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/6532552/Gang-rape-term-banned-by-Scotland-Yard.html

Prof Hackett comments on a campaign by BALANCE North East to raise awareness of families and alcohol - http://www.balancenortheast.co.uk/our-campaigns/previous-campaigns/families-and-alcohol/

2008

18th March - Dr Westmarland writes in the New Statesman about the funding crisis impacting on Rape Crisis centres throughout the UK - 'The Rape Crisis Crisis' - http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2008/03/rape-crisis-centres-women

1st April - Dr Nicole Westmarland joins a BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour debate with Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman and Prof Liz Kelly to discuss if the government is doing enough to support victims of violence - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/03/2008_14_tue.shtml

May - Dr Westmarland discusses the importance of keeping up the pressure on the government to end the funding crisis and set aside money to support specialist rape services - http://core.kmi.open.ac.uk/download/pdf/10736

10th July - Dr Westmarland writes for the New Statesman about the shift within policing where rape is now increasingly viewed as a serious, real crime requiring real detective work - 'Rape’s a Real Crime' - http://www.newstatesman.com/law-and-reform/2008/07/rape-conference-police-women

Autumn 2008 - In The Grapevine (the British Association of Women Police magazine), Dr Westmarland supports the ACPO view that specialist teams are needed to improve the quality of rape investigations, but stresses the need to work on preventing rape occurring in the first place - 'The future of rape investigations: Specialist teams?' - http://178.251.33.25/assets/file/Grapevine%20Autumn%202008.pdf

2nd September - Dr Westmarland comments in the Sunderland Echo about Durham Constabulary’s position as the force with the highest rape detection rate - 'Rape-solving team's work highly praised' - http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/all-news/rape-solving-team-s-work-highly-praised-1-1154074

3rd September - Dr Westmarland comments in the Hartlepool Mail about Durham Constabulary’s position as the force with the highest rape detection rate - Police pass on rape detection hints - http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/local/police_pass_on_rape_detection_hints_1_1030259

30th October - Prof Hackett’s research is discussed in article in Community Care Inform Research Realities - 'Identifying links between animal cruelty and child protection' - http://www.ccinform.co.uk/articles/2008/10/30/2685/identifying+links+between+animal+cruelty+and+child+protection.html


Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/rape-solving-team-s-work-highly-praised-1-1154074

2007

15th February - Dr Westmarland writes for The Guardian about a BBC2 dramatisation of a fictional rape trial, and the missed opportunity to present a more typical case demonstrating the effects that rape can have on a woman’s life - 'An Unhelpful Verdict' - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/feb/15/bbcstheverdictisguiltyof

10th July - Dr Westmarland joins the debate with Ministry of Justice Minister Maria Eagle on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour, to discuss the funding cutbacks resulting in the closure of Rape Crisis Centres - 'Rape Crisis Centres: In crisis?' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/02/2007_28_tue.shtml

8th September - Dr Westmarland writes in The Sun about insensitive comments based on rape myths and stereotypes made by legal professionals in court trials - 'Judges so out of touch with victims' lives'
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/239086/My-ordeal-at-hands-of-rapist.html#ixzz2ZD4DxfbL

25th September - Dr Westmarland comments on BBC News about the decision to withdraw plans to introduce evidence for the prosecution in rape trials about the trauma suffered by victims - 'Rape trial trauma plans shelved' - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7012446.stm

26th September - Dr Westmarland writes in The Sun about the increase in the number of Sexual Assault Referral Centres - 'This won't come close to covering the country' - http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/272879/Rape-centres-doubled.html#ixzz2ZD4tOOGo

4th October - Dr Westmarland discusses the low conviction rate for rape in the UK in The Sun - 'Victims deserve better system' - http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/238897/Anguish-for-victims-of-rape.html

2006

29th March - Dr Westmarland is invited to discuss the low conviction rate for rape in the UK and discusses the impact of stereotypes and myths surrounding rape on BBC Breakfast - 'Rape: reforming the law' - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/4855680.stm

10th April - Dr Westmarland comments on BBC News about the increase of rape cautions handed out over the last decade as an alternative to custodial sentences - 'Rape cautions double over a decade' - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4894726.stm

7th October - Prof Simon Hackett provides a comment on the debate surrounding headscarves and hijabs and the similarities between the two in The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/oct/07/religion.uk

25th October - Dr Westmarland joins the debate to argue that anonymity for rape victims in court cases encourages victims to come forward on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour - 'The beginning of the end of anonymity in sexual assault cases?' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/02/2006_43_wed.shtml

2005

21st November - Dr Westmarland discusses a recent survey which reveals that British attitudes towards rape and sexual assault are underpinned by rape myths and stereotypes on BBC Breakfast - 'Rape: is a woman’s behaviour to blame?' (interview and studio debate) - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/4455622.stm

Dr Westmarland expresses her concern over the increasing use of expert witnesses in rape trials and argues that this may result in longer court trials and turn into ‘battles of the experts’ in Expert Criminal Law -
http://www.expertcriminallaw.co.uk/latest-news/513/expert-witnesses-rejected-from-giving-evidence-in-rape-trial-reforms.htm

2004

4th April - Prof Hackett discusses his research and the so-called postcode lottery in relation to support services and strategies to deal with young sex offenders - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/mum-fears-son-died-vain-1413048