Gill Hague is a Professor in the School for Policy Studies. She is a founder member of with Ellen Malos, of The Domestic Violence Research Group, which had a pioneering role in establishing violence against women research in the UK. This developed into the Violence Against Women Research Group and then into the Centre for Gender and Violence Research.
The Centre conducts many local, national and international studies of violence against women including cross-national research, policy evaluations, and building new theorisations. It offers wide-ranging consultancy, teaching and training for policy-makers, activists and practitioners. The Centre works broadly alongside the Women's Aid Federation of England, the key national agency supporting abused women and children, and other national and international bodies, and uses an activist frame whenever possible to do so.
Recent and current research by Gill includes the first national UK study of disabled women and domestic violence, international studies in Iraqi Kurdistan on so called ‘honour’-based violence and in Uganda on bride-price and domestic violence; a national study of how much domestic violence survivors' voices are heard in policy development; and a study of Canadian innovations in violence against women work. All of these were conducted as a matter of principle as collaborations with other violence against women research groups.
Gill has worked on violence against women issues for nearly forty years and has produced more than 90 publications on violence against women, working internationally on the issue in many countries including South Africa, India and Mexico.
Gender and violence, domestic violence, social work professional training, early childhood studies, women's studies, family policy.
Gill's research interests cover domestic violence and all aspects of violence against women more generally, both nationally and internationally. Other research interests include child abuse, young people and violence, and innovatory approaches to social and community work.