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Dr Kate Butterby

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology

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I completed my PhD in 2019, which explored police response to same-sex partner abuse in England and Wales. I am currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Department of Sociology, working alongside Prof Simon Hackett to support his research activities in the field of child abuse and neglect. Prior to this, I undertook Research Associate work which involved evaluating the Child Advocacy Project (2016-2018), with the aim of improving services for children who experience child sexual abuse and/or exploitation. I was also employed as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate, with the aim of improving police response to coercive control.

I also continue to support colleagues at Durham University with research in the broad field of violence and abuse, on projects exploring the impact of pornography, domestic violence perpetrator programmes, and the remit of LGBT+ specialist domestic violence and abuse services. 

In addition to my research career at Durham, I also work with survivors within a Rape Crisis Centre, providing trauma-informed therapeutic support.

My research interests include gender and sexuality, domestic abuse, policing of domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect and self-harm in same-sex populations.

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Department of Sociology

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