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School of Applied Social Sciences

SASS Staff

Professor Nicole Westmarland, BSc, MA, PhD, PGCert

Personal web page

Professor of Criminology in the School of Applied Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46833
Room number: 32 Old Elvet: Room 008
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46833

Contact Professor Nicole Westmarland (email at nicole.westmarland@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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 https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/criva/ProjectMirabalfinalreport.pdf.

In the School of Applied Social Sciences 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 durham.criva@durham.ac.uk. 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.

Selected Publications

Articles: magazine

Journal papers: academic

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

Journal papers: online

Other publications: research

Reports: official

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Indicators of Esteem

  • 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.

Research Interests

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

Research Groups

Research Projects

Supervises

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Criminology: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Sociology: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Social Policy: Family, youth, race & gender issues: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Social sciences: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Gender and law: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Government: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Human rights: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Law & Crime: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.
  • Politics & Society: Violence against women, in particular rape, domestic violence, prostitution.