Justice, Inequality & Gender Based Violence
- Funder: Economic and Social Research Council
- Principal applicant: Professor Marianne Hester
- Bristol University: Dr Hilary Abrahams, Dr Nadia Aghtaie, Dr Lis Bates, Dr Nathan Eisenstadt, Dr Geetanjali Gangoli, Dr Andrea Matolcsi, Dr Natasha Mulvihill, Dr Demi Patsios, Dr William Turner (CI), Sarah-Jane Walker, Dr Emma Williamson (CI)
- Cardiff University: Dr Amanda Robinson (CI)
- University of the West of England (UWE): Duncan McPhee (CI), Professor Philip Rumney (CI), Anneleise Williams
- Welsh Women’s Aid: Gwendolyn Sterk
- Women’s Aid: Lizzie Magnusson
- Centre: Gender and Violence Research
- Project end: May 2018
This ESRC funded research project addresses the knowledge gap that exists regarding justice, inequality and gender-based violence (GBV). The aim of the project was to address how ‘justice’ - in its wider sense- is understood, sought and experienced by victims-survivors and key practitioners, in order to widen the current debate of what ‘justice’ - in the context of GBV - means and to provide a more nuanced picture of what a realistic victim focused justice response would look like.
Over the last 30 months the team have collected and analysed a vast and diverse dataset (including 251 interviews with victims-survivors) exploring experiences of domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse, ‘honour’-based violence, stalking and harassment and abuse mediated by technology. It addresses perceptions and experiences of criminal, civil, family court, restorative justice; mediation and arbitration; informal justice, including family and community processes, revenge; political activism and volunteering etc.
We have paid close attention to the particular challenges and barriers to help-seeking and justice among different groups of victims-survivors and have identified positive practice (some of which has already being shared with civil and criminal justice agencies, and Government departments responsible for legal frameworks for justice). Our findings also recognise the important role that specialist services and advocates e.g. IDVAs /ISVAs /other advocates play in supporting those impacted by gender-based violence, irrespective of whether formal sources of justice have been achieved or not.
Objectives, research questions and methods
Models of Justice (PDF, 379kB) - How is ‘justice’ understood, sought, and experienced by victims/survivors of genderbased violence? A review of the literature.