1st Edition

Researching Gender, Violence and Abuse Theory, Methods, Action

By Nicole Westmarland, Hannah Bows Copyright 2019
    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    Feminist research on gender, violence and abuse has been an area of academic study since the late 1970s, and has increased exponentially over this time on a global scale. Although situated in a predominantly qualitative tradition, research in the field has developed to include quantitative and mixed methodologies. This book offers a compendium of research methods on gender and violence, from the traditional to the innovative, and showcases best practice in feminist research and international case studies. Researching Gender, Violence and Abuse covers:

    • The origins of feminist research,
    • Ethical considerations relating to research on gender, violence and abuse,
    • Working in partnership with organisations such as the police or the voluntary sector,
    • A comprehensive range of research methods including interviews and focus groups, surveys, arts-based research and ethnography,
    • The challenges and opportunities of working with existing data,
    • The influence of activism on research and the translation of research into policy and practice.

    This book is perfect reading for students taking courses on violence against women, domestic violence, gender and crime, as well as advanced students embarking on new research.

    1. Introduction

    Part I: Feminist approaches to research

    2. The principles of feminist research

    3. Ethical considerations when researching gender, violence and abuse

    4. Multidisciplinary and partnership working

    Part II: Research methods

    5. Interviews and focus groups

    6. Conducting surveys

    7. Arts-based and creative methods

    8. Working with existing data

    9. Ethnography

    Part III: Research praxis - Using feminist research

    10. Influencing and being influenced by activism

    11. Using research to influence policy and practice

    12. Afterword



    Nicole Westmarland is Director of Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), where she is also Professor of Criminology and Head of Department of Sociology. She has researched a range of different forms of violence against women and is deeply committed to conducting research that can create real world change. She is Vice Chair of Darlington and Co. Durham Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre. She is the author of a number of books and articles, including Violence Against Women: Criminological Perspectives on Men’s Violences (Routledge).

    Hannah Bows is Deputy Director of CRiVA and Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at Durham Law School. Her research focuses on different forms of violence against women, particularly domestic and sexual violence. Her recent work includes a national study of rape against older people, a national study profiling homicide of older people and a study exploring ‘risk’ in relation to older sex offenders and policing. Outside of the university, she is the deputy director of the BSC Victims Network, Chair of Age UK Teesside and sits as a Magistrate on the Durham and Darlington bench.

    "This is an essential companion for researchers on domestic and sexual violence. Whether their data comprises voices, numbers, images, or something else, new and established researchers alike will find invaluable guidance on effective ways to generate new knowledge and use this to make a difference."

    Dr Michael Flood, author of Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention

    "This timely and authoritative book is an immensely readable account of the philosophies, principles and practices of feminist-informed methodologies used in researching gender-based violence. It engages with critical questions of theory, politics and ethics and through its use of case studies and the provision of excellent examples of the application of feminist research will no doubt excite and inspire both new and experienced researchers."

    Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology, University of Glasgow