Hybrid event - Policing Domestic Abuse

Event date
1 March 2023
Event time
10:30 - 12:00
Oxford week
HT 7
Seminar Room F - St Cross Building

T/Assistant Chief Constable Katy Barrow-Grint -  Thames Valley Police

Dr Ruth Weir - Senior Research Fellow, City University, London

Professor Jackie Turton - University of Essex. 

Dr Jackie Sebire - Institute of Criminology

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The speakers will be discussing their recent book, which is dedicated to improving the practice of the policing of domestic abuse. Its objective is to help inform those working in policing about the dynamics of how domestic abuse occurs, how best to respond to and investigate it, and in the longer term how to prevent it. An effective investigation and the prosecution of offenders are considered, as well as an evaluation of the success of current treatment options. Policing domestic abuse can only be dealt with through an effective partnership response. The responsibilities of each agency and the statutory processes in place when policy is not adhered will also be outlined. The aim is to help shed light on the challenges of policing domestic violence and the links between academic research and best practice.


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Katy Barrow-Grint is a Chief Superintendent in Thames Valley Police with over 20 years of police experience. She has an academic interest in Domestic Abuse, completing her Masters at Warwick Business School, and has written on domestic abuse attrition rates in the Criminal Justice System.

Jacqueline Sebire is an Assistant Chief Constable with Bedfordshire Police. She has 30 years of police service specialising as a detective in homicide and safeguarding and public protection. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leicester researching the risk factors associated with domestic abuse homicide.

Jackie Turton is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at Essex University. She joined the university after a career in the health service and has taught sociology and criminology since 1996. Family violence is a key focus of her research work.

Dr Ruth Weir is a Senior Research Fellow in the Violence and Society Centre at City University. She specialises in using quantitative methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyse gender-based violence and abuse. Prior to working in academia Ruth held several research and policy positions in local government and the Home Office.

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