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Dr Emma Williamson

Dr Emma Williamson

Dr Emma Williamson
BA(MancMet), PhD(Derby)

Reader in Gender Based Violence

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 927 9814
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Dr. Emma Williamson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. Emma has nearly 20 years research experience working in the area of gender-based violence which has included research on health, law, social policy, and service interventions.  Emma also has a keen interest in research ethics and has published widely on this topic.  She is the current Faculty Research Ethics Officer and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Research Ethics Committee.

Emma previously worked as the Domestic Violence Information and Membership Manager for Women's Aid, the National Domestic Violence charity and continues to provide training to the National Domestic Violence Helpline.  In addition, Emma sits on a range of consultative bodies for National government and NGO organisations.

Emma has recently completed projects including: a longitudinal study of the service needs of homeless women (The TARA Project); a study of men's experience of (and perpetration of) potentially abusive behaviours as part of the NIHR funded PROVIDE project; an evaluation of the South Tyneside Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme; a Home Office project exploring the service and support needs of male, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered and Black and other minority ethnic victims of domestic and sexual violence; research into the impact of domestic abuse on military families; the impact of violence against women on rural and urban women; and an evaluation of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act.



Emma has a wide range of teaching interests and has contributed to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the University of Bristol since 1998. Specific areas of interest include: domestic violence and health; feminist research methods; feminist theory; gender, sexuality, and identity; research ethics; computer assisted qualitative data analysis; research ethics within the social sciences; research governance; gender, violence and health.


  • Violence against women in all its manifestations
  • gender inequality
  • domestic violence and health
  • professional interventions and state responses to victims and perpetrators of gendered violence
  • research ethics
  • research methods.


I have worked on a range of projects relating to gender and violence over the past 15 years, most notably in relation to domestic violence and health. I am currently working on a number of projects including: Evaluation of a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme; Study of the prevalence and service use/needs of male, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic victims of domestic and sexual violence; impact of violence against women on rural and urban women; study on the impact of violence on the needs of military families; and an evaluation of the Freedom Programme. Emma previously worked as a researcher with the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, and is the Chair of the School for Policy Studies Ethics Committee.

  • Domestic Abuse Perpetrators
  • domestic violence
  • sexual violence
  • support needs
  • violence against women
  • gender inequality
  • state responses to gendered violence
  • Memberships


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