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Professor Marianne Hester


Professor Marianne Hester OBE FAcSS (MA Oxon, PhD Leeds) holds the Chair in Gender, Violence and International Policy in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She is Patron of Patron of Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services.

She is a leading researcher of gender-based violence and has directed groundbreaking research on many aspects of violence, abuse and gender relations, including child contact and domestic violence, and progression of domestic violence and rape cases through the criminal justice system. Her work has directly influenced health, criminal justice and family policy and practice in the UK, Europe and other countries. Much of her research is comparative, focusing on the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. She is currently researching: interventions with high risk male peratrators; progression of rape and domestic violence cases through the criminal justice system; and meanings of justice for victims/survivors of gender based violence.

She has worked closely with a range of government departments and NGOs, e.g. as elected Board Member on the Work With Perpetrators European Network (WWP EN) expert advisor to the NICE Programme Development Group (PDG) for guidance on Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence between Intimate Partners, as Research Director to the Department of Health & National Institute for Mental Health ‘Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme’, as specialist advisor to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 'Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’-based violence', and as NSPCC Professor of Child Sexual Exploitation. She has been visiting Professor at the Universities of Uppsala and Gothenburg in Sweden, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and the Nordic Institute of East Asian Studies, Copenhagen, and the University of Winnipeg, Canada. 

She was for a long period involved in the Rape Crisis Movement in the UK, and has worked in close collaboration with organisations such as Women's Aid that provide services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. She  teaches on the BSc programmes in Social Policy and early Childhoss Studies, and on Masters Programmes in Public Policy, Policy Research, Social Work and Security, Conflict and Human Rights. She supervises a large group of PhD students.



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