Professor Marianne Hester OBE (MA Oxon, PhD Leeds) is the Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, and Patron of South Tyneside Women's Aid.
She is a leading researcher of gender-based violence and has directed groundbreaking research on many aspects of violence, abuse and gender relations, including comparative research on child contact and domestic violence in Denmark and the UK, and comparing domestic violence in China and the UK. 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, China and Scandinavia. She is currently researching: male domestic violence victims and perpetrators accessing the health service; progression of rape cases through the criminal justice system; and comparing attrition in domestic violence cases across Italy, Rumania, Spain and the UK.
She has worked closely with a range of government departments and NGOs, e.g. 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 University of Uppsala, Sweden, the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, and the Nordic Institute of East Asian Studies, Copenhagen.
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 is a member of the Centre for East Asian Studies. She also teaches on the Masters Programmes in Public Policy, Policy Research and Social Work.
International and comparative perspectives on gender violence; children and domestic violence; contradictions and compromises in interventions to counter violence and abuse.
I have directed groundbreaking research on many aspects of violence, abuse and gender relations, including recent work on: children and domestic violence, discipline and punishment of children in China and UK, male and female domestic violence perpetrators, abuse in same-sex relationships, and sexual exploitation. My research is often comparative, focusing on the UK, China and Scandinavia. My work has directly influenced national health, criminal justice and family policy and practice. I am NSPCC Fresh Start Professor of Child Sexual Exploitation. I served on the Home Affairs Select Committee on 'Domestic violence, Forced Marriage and "Honour"-based Violence', and was Research Director to the Department of Health 'Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme'.
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