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Dr Emma Williamson

Dr Emma Williamson

Dr Emma Williamson
B.A.(Manc.Met.), Ph.D.(Derby)

Reader in Gender Based Violence

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Dr. Emma Williamson is a Reader in Gender Based Violence and Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Gender Based Violence.  Emma has over 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 is currently involved in an NIHR Programme Grant project testing the IRIS+ intervention for General Practitioners; An ESRC funded project on Justice Inequalities and Gender Based Violence (2016-2018); a Forces in Mind Trust project on domestic abuse and miitary famillies (2016-2018); as well as a Global challenges Research Fund, ESRC/AHRC funded project on Gender Based Violence and Displacement.  (2016-2018).



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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