Professor Marianne Hester OBE (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 South Tyneside Women's Aid and 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 comparative research on child contact and domestic violence in Denmark and the UK, and comparing domestic violence in China and the UK, 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: male domestic violence victims and perpetrators accessing the health service; interventions with high risk male peratrators; progression of rape and doemstic 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 expert advisor to the NICE Programme Development Group (PDG) for guidance onPreventing 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.
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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