VAWG Research network

November 2020 Webinar Series

Webinar 1 – 5th November 2020 – BLM and VAWG Research

The recording of the session is available here. Please note in response to your suggestions (thank you, it helps us to keep learning), we have added captions to the recording, but they are not perfect. We don’t currently have the resources to correct all captions and so we apologise for the inaccuracies, but we are looking to find a solution in future and will take any tips you have!

The slides used by the speakers, are available:

  • Geetenjali Ganjoli’s slides are available here.
  • Michaela Campbell’s slides are available here.
  • Kerris Cooper and Polina Obolenskaya’s slides are available here.
  • Rianna Raymond-William’s slides are available here.

During the session, a number of resources were requested or cited:

  • We were asked about services for Black women and girls. Please do share your service recommendations with on Twitter (at the hashtag #VAWGRN), but we’d like to highlight Shine Aloud, the organisation of one of our speakers, Rianna. Past seminars have included speakers other great services: Imkaan, The Angelou Centre, and Apna Haq. You can also learn more about how specialised services can provide transformative justice with another previous speaker, What Really Makes Us Safe
  • Geetanjali recommended a TED talk by Kimberle Crenshaw on the importance of intersectionality – you can find it here.
  • Geetanjali mentioned an HMIC inspection into police responses to forced marriage, FGM, and so-called ‘honour’-based violence – you can find it here.
  • Geetanjali also mentioned the relative invisibility of Indian women in the anti-colonial movement. An attendee highlighted where we can all learn more about the Coolie women in light of this: A Guardian article and a book by Gaiutra Bahadar
  • Rianna mentioned a report by Glitch on the impact of covid on online abuse and how it has disproportionately increased for Black women and girls. You can find the report here.
  • Rianna’s organisation, Shine Aloud, also created this animated video on relationships: I Know He Loves Me which you can view here

Webinar 2 – 12th November 2020 – Independent Legal Representation for sexual offence victim-survivors

The recording of this fascinating session is available here.

In response to your suggestions (thank you, it helps us to keep learning), we have used live captions to the recording, but they are not perfect and particularly inaccurate in places. We don’t currently have the resources to correct all captions and so we apologise for the inaccuracies, but we are looking to find a solution in future and will take any tips you have!

During the session, a number of resources were requested or cited:

Webinar 3 – 19th November 2020 – Covid 19 and Domestic Abuse

The recording of this fascinating session is available here. Once the reports that were covered in the presentations are published we will share links to them through our Twitter and on our website and newsletter.

During the session, a few resources were requested or cited:

  • Kathryn Royal’s slides are available here. The briefing from the research Kathryn presented has now been published and is available here.
  • Kathryn has also shared Surviving Economic Abuse’s: resources for victim-survivors and for professionals which can be found here; International network on economic abuse can be found here; and there’s more information about their free series of webinars here, the topics and dates are listed below:
    • Privately owned housing – 2nd December, 2pm-4pm
    • Banking – 10th December, 10am-12pm
    • Covid-19 – 11th December, 10am-11:15am
    • Police – 15th December, 2pm-4pm
    • Economic abuse and children – 16th December, 1pm-3pm
  • After Katrin Hohl and Kelly Johnson’s presentation Emma asked “We are currently looking at repeat victims and repeat offenders, have you explored this? as part of this we will be looking at effectiveness of DVPOS and DVPNs.” Katrin Hohl replied “Yes we have look at repeats. I focussed on repeats within the same victim-suspect dyad. Most forces in our study saw a decrease in calls for service from high repeat (5+ incidents in the past 2.5 years), and some saw an increase in early repeat relationships (1-2 incidents in the past 2.5 years)”
  • Nicky Lambert  shared – I’m a Mental health nurse educator if anyone wants to contribute in any way to nurse education on this topic let me know
  • In relation to June Brawner and Camille Stengel’s research:

Webinar 4 – 26th November 2020 – Gendered Violence and Abolishing the Criminal Justice System

The recording of the session is available here

Message from the webinar chair molly akhurst

Dear all,

I am so grateful to you all for registering, watching and joining in yesterday’s conversation on prison abolition and gendered violence – I personally found it so very helpful and I hope you all did too. Speaking and thinking about abolition can feel exciting, but it can also involve hard and difficult thinking; and nowhere is that more true than in regards to gendered violence. Yesterday’s conversation attempted to focus in on some of the knottier questions, and tried to speak deeply about abolitionist strategy from a pragmatic standpoint that simultaneously placed survivors safety, needs and wants at the centre. As was mentioned during the discussion, I have created a long list of resources that were mentioned and also alluded to – and I hope you find these useful. If you have any questions for myself or any of the brilliant speakers please don’t hesitate to email who will pass them over to us.

with warmth

molly ackhurst

Recommendations for Organisations and Groups to Check Out from the chair and panellists

Some books, academics and articles the chair and panellists mentioned

Panellist Elio asked us to include the following:

September 2020 Webinar Series

Webinar 1 – 10th September 2020 – The Criminal Justice System is Failing: ‘Radical’ Suggestions for Rape Reform

You can watch the webinar here. Due to technical difficulties Dame Vera Baird is re-recording her comments and they will be available here soon.

The slides used by the speakers, with the exception of Jahnine’s, are available here.

During the session, a number of studies and resources were cited. You can find out more about each of them here:

  • Rebecca Hitchen referred to the Judicial Review being brought by EVAW and the Centre for Women’s Justice. They have published the documentation and it is a valuable source of evidence on CJS failings, available here and the full dossier of evidence is available here.
  • Crowdfunding for the legal challenge is open and you can donate here (as well as getting updates on the case).
  • Sumanta Roy unpacked her and Dr Ravi Thiara’s Reclaiming Voice research on minoritised women and girls – you can find this and many more studies here.
  • Amelia Handy spoke about barriers to justice for disabled women and girls – Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland are launching their research with Durham University on 23 September 10am-12pm. Sign up here.
  • Jahnine Davis spoke about her research with Black women and girls. This will be published shortly, but in the meantime you can find out more about Jahnine’s research here and here.
  • Vera Baird highlighted the importance of holding the CPS to account for their poor performance. She has kindly agreed to re-record her comments due to our technological difficulties and we’ll share that alongside the rest of the recording.


Webinar 2 – 17th September 2020 – Breaking Down Barriers? Working with Peer Researchers and Experts by Experience who have faced gender based violence

You can watch the webinar here.

The slides used by the speakers, are available here.

During the session, a number of studies and resources were cited. You can find out more about each of them here:

  • In terms of engaging with the media, the following organisations and guidelines were shared:
  • Resources for working with survivors, experts by experience and peer researchers:
    • The McPin Foundation exists to transform mental health research by putting the lived experience of people affected by mental health problems at the heart of research methods and the research agenda. Twitter @McPinFoundation
    • Survivors Voices is a small, national peer-led organisation run by and for adult survivors of abuse and inter-personal trauma and those who support them. Their charter for engaging with survivors is available here.
    • The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is a network of people who have and do experience mental distress who want to change things for the better  One of their founders is doing work focusing on BAME survivors and BME survivor groups
    • Survivor Research. A collective of service user/survivor researchers, activists and advocates at the interaction of mental health, race and culture.
    • Welsh Women’s Aid have a survivor good practice toolkit available here
  • More information about the project our expert by experience Susan is working with “Bridging Gaps: co-producing trauma-informed access to primary healthcare with women with complex needs” can be found here.
  • Good piece of recent research by some network members: Day, A.S. & Gill, A.K. (2020). Applying intersectionality to partnerships between women’s organizations and the criminal justice system in relation to domestic violence. The British Journal of Criminology, 60(4), 830–850. Available here. 
  • More information about training offered by AVA can be found here.


Webinar 3 – 23rd September 2020 – VAWG in Higher Education: New Evidence, New Directions

You can watch the webinar here.

The slides used by the speakers, are available here.

During the session, a number of resources were cited. You can find out more about each of them here:

  • Adrija mentioned a report “Measures for Ensuring the Safety of Women and Programmes for Gender Sensitization on Campuses” you can access it here.
  • Jane Meyrick shared the “Suffolk HE Online Safeguarding Self Review Tool” which is available here.
  • Anna Bull wanted to draw your attention to the following:
    • Bull, Anna, Page, Tiffany, and Jayne Bullough. 2019. “What Would a Survivor-Centred Higher Education Sector Look Like?” In A New Vision for Further and Higher Education, edited by Sol Gamsu, 73–82. London: Centre for Labour and Social Studies. Available here
    • Bull, A., Rye, R., 2018. Silencing students: institutional responses to staff sexual misconduct in higher education. The 1752 Group/University of Portsmouth. Available here.
    • Page, Tiffany, Anna Bull, and Emma Chapman. 2019. “Making Power Visible: ‘Slow Activism’ to Address Staff Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education.” Violence Against Women 25 (11): 1309–30. Available here.
    • The 1752 Group, and McAllister Olivarius. 2020. “Sector Guidance to Address Staff Sexual Misconduct in UK Higher Education: Recommendations for Reporting, Investigation and Decision-Making Procedures Relating to Student Complaints of Staff Sexual Misconduct.” Available here
  • Vanita Sundaram wanted to highlight her new book co-authored with Carolyn Jackson:
    • Jackson, C. & Sundaram, V. (2020). Lad Culture in Higher Education: Sexism, Sexual Harassment and Violence. Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education. Routledge. Available here


Webinar 4 – 30th September 2020 – Creative and Transformative Approaches to Justice Work – Seeking Justice for Survivors Outside of the Criminal Legal System

You can watch the webinar here.

Thank you with all my heart to everyone who came along to our virtual webinar, and also to those who registered and will watch this discussion at a later date.

As the title of the webinar indicated, all four speakers and myself really asked you all to lean into your creativity and join us as we spoke through more transformative approaches to obtaining justice for survivors –  in ways that not only are removed from the system but also actively seek to dismantle it.

As promised I have created a long list of resources that were mentioned and also alluded to – and I hope you find these helpful.

Towards the end of the webinar Kamilah Tomlinson asked us to all take our imaginations seriously to push for a more transformative approach, and I hope these resources and this discussion support you in doing just that.

With warmth,

molly ackhurst

Transformative Justice Specific resources

Organisations and Groups to Check Out

Books and articles



July 2020 Webinar Series

Webinar 1 – 2nd July 2020 – The emotional cost of ending violence against women and girls.

You can watch the webinar here.

The slides used by the speakers along with some additional materials provided by members of the audience are available here.


Webinar 2 – 9th July 2020 – Criminal Justice Responses to rape

You can watch the webinar here.

The slides used by the speakers are available here.

During the session a number of links and documents were shared via the chat function.

While most of the questions raised in the chat were discussed at the time, we noticed that we didn’t get a chance to respond to a couple of questions on the Rape Review:

  • Are survivors involved in the review process? Not directly – there is a panel of stakeholders the feeds into the main review panel, which includes Rape Crisis and other specialist services.
    • However, this stakeholder panel has been under utilised and there has been no attempt to gather evidence from survivors directly.
    • Join the VAWGRN in September for another panel session with IMKAAN and the EVAW Coalition, where they will discuss their shadow report with other victim-survivor organisations.
    • The Victims Commissioner is also running a survey for survivors which will then be submitted to the Review panel – you can take part here.
  • How do we make sure the Rape Review leads to change, as there have been so many in the past? The advice from our panel members was that it will take sheer determination and passion from all of us to push for this opportunity to make real change. The media interest in rape and the CJS at the moment will help with this, but it is largely going to be about an effort from all angles to push for accountability on the recommendations and subsequent implementation plans.


Webinar 3 – 15th July 2020 – Responding to the Rise in Domestic Abuse

You can watch the webinar here.

The slides used by the speakers, answers to questions submitted in advance that weren’t answered during the webinar and a list of phone numbers for specialist by and for BME ending VAWG agencies are available here.

Sources of Support

London Black Women’s Project

Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse directory

Welsh Women’s Aid

Imkaan Specialist BME women’s support organisations:


Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)

Network member @niadla shared this list of phone numbers for specialist by and for BME ending VAWG agencies.


Webinar 4 – 23rd July 2020 – The Impact of Covid 19 on VAWG support services

You can watch the webinar here.

During the session a number of links and documents were shared via the chat function. In case you didn’t manage to get a note of them:

While most of the questions raised in the chat were discussed at the time, we did not get a chance to answer all of the questions that were sent in advance. Katie Russell has therefore kindly gone through the questions and drafted some brief responses which you can read here.



AVA Project can provide in house delivery for teams needing training, either online or in the future when we can be safely back in the classroom. Over the coming months they have many free webinars and interactive sessions across topics such as trauma-informed approaches, dealing with secondary trauma, supporting survivors, families and children. They also have e-learning courses which have a £15 admin fee. AVA are market leaders in training on gender based violence and abuse, with particular expertise in children & young people and multiple disadvantage.

AVA training pages are here:

Event listings are here:

Gender Representation in the Media is a new free online course which has been put together by colleagues in Gender Equal Media Scotland. It is an introductory 7-week course, which draws on expertise from researchers, journalists and content producers, and colleagues in the feminist and equalities sectors. There is a week specifically focused on violence, with input from Speak Out Survivors, Zero Tolerance, Rape Crisis Scotland and the Women’s Support Project. Additional content on commercial sexual exploitation sits within the week on sexualisation and body image. Other themes addressed on the course include gender monitoring, politics (where we also deal with online abuse), sport and feminist media.


Related Networks

Chase Feminist Network

Gender Equal Media Scotland

Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet)

Sexual Violence Research Initiative

The 1752 Group

Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network

LEX Research Network: Law, Gender & Sexuality



Talking Research Podcast

Talking Research features in-depth interviews with prominent academics and researchers who study sexual violence across disciplines. The aim is to make academic knowledge and research on sexual violence accessible. Every Sunday, guests talk about their research, their findings, the process, the challenges and everything else in between. Contact:

Women’s Protection and Empowerment: IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Podcast Channel’SPROTECTIONANDEMPOWERMENTPODCAST or

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment podcast is dedicated to creating space for women and girls in humanitarian settings. The podcast showcases programming achievements, lessons learned, good practices, useful tools, and ultimately strive to foster the global movement.

Spotlight – A Podcast for the Domestic Abuse Sector

The Spotlight podcast that shines a light on the issues around domestic abuse and is produced by SafeLives

Professor Jan Jordan’s Inaugural lecture

The price of being ‘friends with Harvey’: Men, Power and Sexual Violence. It’s available here.


Research centres

Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), Durham University

LINEA Project (Learning initiative on norms, exploitation and abuse), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The International Centre, University of Bedfordshire

The Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol

Violence and Society Centre, City University

The Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, University of Central Lancashire



  • The Homicide Abuse Learning Together (HALT) research team have published their first briefing paper based on their systematic review of the recommendations of processes for the conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews globally as well as recommendations made for improving policy and practice responses to domestic violence and abuse. Click here to read and download the briefing paper. You can find out more about their work at their website
  • Aref Abdulrazaq Ahmed kindly shared this new paper – Gender, (COVID-19) and health sector in Yemen;From Gender Mainstreaming into Structural Transformation – This paper presents the main gender issues that have been impacted by the implication of COVID-19 crisis on women and girls in Yemen. Click here to read and download.
  • The Domestic Abuse Report 2021: The Annual Audit – Women’s Aid Federation of EnglandThe Domestic Abuse Report 2021 gives an overview of the domestic abuse support services available in England, and including provision and usage, during the financial year 2019–20, as well as an overview of the impact of Covid-19. Click here to read Women’s Aid’s report.
  • Locked in abuse, locked out of safety: The pandemic experiences of migrant women – Safety4SistersSafety4Sisters have published a report detailing the risks faced by migrant women due to Covid-19. They call for urgent action for migrant women who are increasingly being exposed to high-risk situation with violent perpetrators. Click here to read Safety4Sisters report.
  • Oona Brooks-Hay has kindly shared a publication listing Gender Based Violence research resources in Scotland – you can dowload it from here. It’s also available from here.
  • Bristol University and Policy Press shared this policy briefing the briefing is based on Angela Marinari’s new book, ‘Restorative Justice for Survivors of Sexual Abuse’ which gives a voice to survivors and illuminates how restorative justice processes can meet their justice needs. Marinari offers radical solutions for the development of restorative justice programs and policy initiatives. Read this blog post for more information:
  • Sexual and other forms of violence during the Covid-19 pandemic emergency in Kenya: Patterns of violence and impacts on women and girls authored by network members Dr Kari Davis (University of Birmingham), Dr Heather Flowe (University of Birmingham) and Jessica Woodhams (University of Birmingham) with other wonderful authors Sarah Rockowitz, Rockey James; Wangu Kanja, Catherine Kamau,  Melissa Colloff, Jasmin Kauldar is available here.
  • Reclaiming Voice: Minortised women and sexual violence: Key findings (March 2020) authored by network members Ravi Thiara (University of Warwick) and Sumanta Roy (Imkaan) is available here.
  • #Not Buying it! Who work closely with survivors to challenge the porn and sex trade have lots of resources availble on thier website
  • June 2020 – Prime Minister’s Virtual Summit on Hidden Harms – read the full report here.

Opportunities to publish

Please get in touch if you have any opportunities to publish which might be of interest to our members.

Dr Jaimee Mallion (London South Bank University, UK) and Professor Erika Gebo (Suffolk University, USA) shared the following opportunity to publish.

We are currently editing a special issue of the open-access Societies journal on “Collaborative Community Approaches to Address Serious Violence”. We are particularly interested in articles in which practitioners are part of the writing process. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work disseminated to a global audience. Please note, there has been a fee waiver applied for this special issue

You can find more details about the issue here. 

Please contact us with any questions you may have and thank you for your consideration. 

Dr Jaimee Mallion & Dr Erika Gebo