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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Hannah Bows, LLB, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Assistant Professor in Criminal Law in the Durham Law School

(email at hannah.bows@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Hannah is currently an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Director of Equality and Diversity within Durham Law School and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA). If you are interested in becoming a member of CRiVA and recieve updates on our work and invitations to events please email durham.criva@durham.ac.uk.

Her research interests are broadly located within the fields of violence against women, victimology, feminist and socio-legal theory. Over the last six years she has conducted research examining different forms of violence against older people, with a specific focus on domestic violence, sexual violence and homicide of older women. She is currently working on a project with colleagues in the Department of Sociology examining crime and safety at UK music festivals.

Outside of the university, Hannah is the founder and director of the International Network for Research into Violence and Abuse and co-director of the British Society of Criminology Victims Network (with Professor Pam Davies at Northumbria University). She is Chair of Age UK Teesside and is a magistrate on the County Durham and Darlington Bench.

Hannah is interested in supervising doctoral students who wish to conduct research in the areas of violence against women, criminal law, gender, ageing and feminist or socio-legal theory.

For research, media or consultancy enquiries please contact Hannah by email.

Field of Study

Violence against women

Sexual and domestic violence

Justice (including processes and procedures)

Feminist and socio-legal theories

Publications

Journal articles (links to journal articles available at the bottom of this profile)

Bows, H. and Penhale, B. (2018) ‘Editorial: Elder Abuse and Social Work: Research, Theory and Practice’. British Journal of Social Work [online first]. Available from: https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/48/4/873/5059566

Bows, H. (2018) ‘Practitioner views on the impacts, challenges and barriers in supporting older survivors of sexual violence’. Violence Against Women [online first]. Available from: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1077801217732348

Bows, H. and Westmarland, N. (2018) ‘Rape of Older People In The United Kingdom: Challenging The ‘Real Rape’ Stereotype. British Journal of Criminology. 57 (1), 1-17. Available from: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/11/24/bjc.azv116.full 

Bows, H. and Westmarland, N. (2018) ‘Older sex offenders - managing risk in the community from a policing perspective’. Policing & Society [online first]. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2016.1138476

Bows, H. (2017) ‘Researching Sexual Violence against Older People: Reflecting on the use of Freedom of Information requests in a feminist study’. Feminist Review, 115 (1), p.30-45. Available from: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41305-017-0029-z

Bows, H. (2017) ‘Sexual Violence against Older People: A Review of the Empirical Literature’. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. DOI: 10.1177/1524838016683455. Available from: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1524838016683455.

Books

Bows, H. (2019) (Ed.) Violence Against Older Women: Research, Policy and Practice (Two Volumes). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bows, H. (February 2019) Sexual Violence Against Older People (monograph). London: Routledge

Westmarland, N. and Bows, H. (December 2018) Researching Gender, Violence and Abuse: Methods, Theory and Policy. Oxford: Routledge.

Edited chapters

Bows, H. (2019) ‘Preventing violence against older women’. In: Kewley, S. and Barlow, C. (Eds.) Preventing Sexual Violence. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bows, H. (2019) ‘A double-edged sword? Freedom of Information as a method in social research’. In: Walby, K. (Ed.) Freedom of Information and Social Science Research Design. London: Routledge.

Bows, H. (2018) ‘Recognising the Sexual Victimisation of Older Women’. In: Duggan, M. (Ed.) Revisiting the ’Ideal Victim’ Concept. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bows, H. (2017) ‘Sexual and Domestic Violence among Older Populations’. In: Lombard, N. (Ed.) Research Companion to Gender and Violence. Surrey: Ashgate.

Bows, H. (2017) ‘Reflections on Women’s Involvement in Britain’s Contemporary Far Right’. In: Copsey, N. and Worley, M. (Eds.) Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The British Far Right since 1967. Oxon: Taylor and Francis.

Bows, H. (2017) ‘Methodological Approaches to Criminological Research’. In: Davies, P. and Francis, P. (Eds.) Doing Criminological Research (3rd Ed). London: SAGE.

Bows, H. (2016) ‘Characteristics of Offenders’. In: Davies, P., Harding, J. and Mair, G. (Eds.) Criminal Justice in England and Wales: An Introduction. London: SAGE.

Other publications

Westmarland, N. and Bows, H. (2018) ‘Tackling violence against women: addressing unmet needs’. London: British Medical Association. Available from: https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/public-and-population-health/womens-health

Bows, H. (2016) ‘Age and Victimisation’. In Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J. (Eds.) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

Bows, H. (2016) ‘Sexual Violence’. In Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J. (Eds.) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

Bows, H. (2016) ‘Honour Based Victimisation’. In Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J. (Eds.) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

Bows, H., Jobe, A. and Westmarland, N. (2014) Sexual Violence Preventative Work with Young People - A Feasibility Study. Northern Rock. Durham: Durham University.

Research and Dissemination Experience

Examples of research and impact activities include:

Impact and engagement articles

Bows, H. (November 2017) ‘Almost two million UK adults have experienced domestic abuse in the last year’ The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/almost-two-million-uk-adults-have-experienced-domestic-abuse-in-the-last-year-87913 

Reprinted in:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/almost-two-million-uk-adults-122703349.html

Bows, H. (April 2016) ‘Why elderly deaths from abuse are part of wider pattern of violence against women’ The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/why-elderly-deaths-from-abuse-are-part-of-wider-pattern-of-violence-against-women-57529

Bows, H. (April 2016) ‘Murder of older women is more of a problem that you think’ [online] The Independent. Available from:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/murder-of-older-women-is-more-of-a-problem-that-you-think-a6989376.html.

Bows, H and Roddy, J. (March 2016) ‘Older women and domestic violence’ [online] Therapy Today, 27(2), 26-29. Available from: http://www.therapytoday.net/article/show/5213/older-women-and-domestic-violence/

Bows, H. (February 2016) ‘Will changing the focus from victim to perpetrator stop domestic violence?’ [online] The Conversation. Available from: http://theconversation.com/will-changing-the-focus-from-victim-to-perpetrator-stop-domestic-violence-55206

Bows, H. (November 2015) ‘It’s not just the young who suffer sexual violence – older people get raped too’ [online]. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/its-not-just-the-young-who-suffer-sexual-violence-older-people-get-raped-too-50994

Bows, H. (August 2015) ‘Women only carriages are just another form of victim blaming’ [online]. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/women-only-train-carriages-are-just-another-form-of-victim-blaming-46693

Bows, H. (July 2015) ‘Challenging the real rape myths around older people’ [online] Durham Women Rising. Available from:
https://durhamwomenrising.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/challenging-the-real-rape-myths-around-older-people/

Bows, H. (July, 2015) ‘Opening Eyes: responding to domestic violence in the north east’ [online] The Northern Correspondent. Available from:
http://northerncorrespondent.com/2015/07/15/opening-eyes/

Bows, H. (June 2015) ‘Domestic violence ‘grown old’: the unseen victims of prolonged abuse’ [online] The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-grown-old-the-unseen-victims-of-prolonged-abuse-43014

Examples of Press Engagement

Daily Express, 28th August 2018, ‘Violence against elderly soars to new high’ Hannah provides expert analysis on crime against older people. Available from: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1009308/violence-against-elderly-soars-to-new-high

The Guardian, 19th August (in print 20th August) 2018, ‘Two-thirds of women worry about sexual harassment at festivals – survey’. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/19/two-thirds-of-women-worry-about-sexual-harassment-at-festivals-survey
o BBC Radio 4, 21st August 2018, ‘Woman’s hour’, Hannah Bows discusses the preliminary research findings on sexual violence at UK music festivals. Available from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bfx571
o MiXmag, 20th August 2018, ‘Two-thirds of women are worried about sexual harassment at festivals’. Available from: https://mixmag.net/read/two-thirds-of-women-are-worried-about-sexual-harassment-at-festivals-news
o The Independent, 20th August 2018, ‘Two-thirds of women concerned about sexual harassment at festivals, study finds’. Available from: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/festivals-sexual-harassment-women-concern-study-durham-university-a8499106.html
o Yahoo! News, 19th August 2018, ‘66% of women in U.K. study say they fear sexual assault at music festivals, and the U.S. isn't much better’. Available from: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/according-new-study-66-women-fear-sexual-harassment-music-festivals-190454945.html?guccounter=1
o FarOut Magazine, 21st August 2018, ‘Two thirds of women attending festivals are worried about sexual assault’. Available from: https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/two-thirds-of-women-attending-festivals-are-worried-about-sexual-harassment/
o Metro Radio, 20th August 2018, ‘Over two thirds of women worry about sexual harassment at festivals’. Available from: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/20/over-two-thirds-of-women-worry-about-sexual-harassment-at-festivals-7859631/
o NME, 21st August 2018, ‘Two thirds of women are worried about sexual harassment at festivals’. Available from: https://www.nme.com/news/music/two-thirds-women-worried-sexual-harassment-festivals-2369136#CYe7FMFFCZIwC78t.99

Press Association, July 2018, comment on latest rape conviction rates, published in various places including:
o Mix96 - https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2636016/under-13-of-rape-cases-end-in-guilty-verdict-in-thames-valley/
o The Press - http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16356612.REVEALED__Only_one_in_five_rape_cases_in_Thames_Valley_result_in_conviction/
o Cambrian News - http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk
o Express & Star - https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2018/07/18/just-one-in-five-rape-cases-end-in-conviction/
o Worcester News - https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/16368794.West_Yorkshire_Police_conviction_rate_for_rape_was_21_per_cent_last_year/
o The Northern Echo - http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16368794.West_Yorkshire_Police_conviction_rate_for_rape_was_21_per_cent_last_year/
o Hartlepool Mail – https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/crime/a-third-of-rape-cases-in-cleveland-police-area-are-successfully-prosecuted-1-9254037
o Lancashire Post - https://www.lep.co.uk/news/crime/fewer-than-1-in-4-rape-trials-lead-to-conviction-in-lancashire-1-9266246
o Reading Chronicle - http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/16361332.Only_one_in_four_rape_cases_result_in_a_conviction/

BBC Tees, 14th May 2018, Hannah Bows responds to local increases in reported male rape. Available from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065rssg#play

BBC Radio 5, 7th January 2018, ‘5 live investigates’ Hannah discusses her research on male victims of stalking and comments on current proposals to improve safeguards for victims of stalking. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09l1wx3

The Telegraph, 22nd December 2017, ‘What can we learn from other countries when it comes to rape convictions?’ Hannah Bows comments on current issues affecting rape conviction rates in the UK. Available from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/can-learn-countries-comes-rape-convictions/

BBC Radio 5, 23rd August 2017, ‘5 Live Daily’ Hannah Bows responds to the proposal by Chris Williamson MP to introduce women-only train carriages. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b091rqwp

BBC Radio 4, 23rd May 2017, ‘Killings in Care Homes’ Hannah Bows discusses her recent work on homicides of older people. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08r1vls.

BBC Radio 4, 20th September 2016, ‘The Last Taboo?’ Hannah Bows discusses her research examining sexual violence in care homes. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vs2ny.

BBC Radio 4, 20th September 2016, ‘The Last Taboo?’ Hannah Bows discusses her research examining sexual violence in care homes. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vs2ny.

BBC News, 25th November 2015, ‘Durham University study finds over-60s sex attack victims feel 'invisible'’ [online]. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34914982

ITV, 25th November 2015 – ‘Durham University study challenges 'real rape' stereotype of older people’. Available from: http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-11-25/durham-university-study-challenges-real-rape-stereotype-of-older-people/

BBC Radio Ulster, Sunday 9th August 2015 - ‘Innocent until proven guilty?’ Hannah Bows & Briedge Gadd discuss the blame culture in sexual violence cases. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b064zv5g

Express North, 25th November 2015, ‘Durham University study reveals most raped pensioners know their abuser’ [online]. Available from: http://expressnorth.co.uk/4422-2/

Local Sunderland, 25th November 2015, ‘Durham Uni research reveals older women are also rape victims’ [online]. Available from: http://www.localsunderland.com/news/sunderland-news/10426/durham-uni-research-reveals-older-women-are-also-rape-victims/

Impact and engagement activities

Impact & Policy Development

Bows, H. (January 2016) Anyone Can Be a Victim of Rape: Guide for Practitioners. Durham: Durham University. This guide was developed in collaboration with Age UK Teesside, Age UK Gateshead and rape crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and funded through a Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. It is in the process of being distributed to age-related organisations, safeguarding adult departments and sexual violence organisation across the UK. A PDF copy is available from: https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/criva/PractitionerGuide2.pdf

Bows, H. (2017) Sexual Violence in Later Life: Information Leaflet for Survivors. Durham: Durham University. This guide has been developed in collaboration with Age UK Teesside, Age UK Gateshead and rape crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and funded through a Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. The guide is aimed at older survivors of sexual violence and is currently being designed. It will be published and distributed in early 2017.

Bows, H. (2016) Quick guide to domestic abuse between older couples. Community Care Inform. Available from: http://adults.ccinform.co.uk/guides/quick-guide-to-domestic-abuse-between-older-couples/

Workshops and training

Bows, H. (January 2017) Sexual violence against older people: Challenges and opportunities for practice. Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and Age UK Ashington. Newcastle: UK.

Bows, H. (January 2016) Rape of Older People in the UK Rape Crisis Workshop. Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. Newcastle: UK.

Bows, H. (November 2015) Rape of Older People in the UK – Rape Crisis Workshop. National Rape Crisis Conference. Birmingham: UK.

Bows, H. (November 2015) Rape of Older People in the UK. North East Sexual Violence Conference. Stockton: Durham University.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Report

  • Bows, H., Jobe, A. & Westmarland, N. (2014). Sexual Violence Preventative Work with Young People. A Feasibility Study. Report for Darlington and Co. Durham Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre.

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