Welcome to the BSC VIctims Network blog. The BSC Victims Network was formed in March 2014 bringing together those who have interests around victims of crime and social harm, survivors and resilience.

The specific aims of the BSC Victims Network are to:

  • be a vehicle for initiating contact and keeping in touch with members across the discipline with a specific interest in victims of crime and social harm, survivors and resilience;
  • provide a forum for debate about issues relating to victims of crime and social harm, survivors and resilience nationally and internationally;
  • engage with policy-makers and practitioners in order to inform decision-making and practice within governmental and non-governmental organisations;
  • facilitate and promote theory development and research into victims of crime and social harm, survivors and resilience;
  • provide an arena for information exchange, critical analysis and debate across the research, policy and practice communities – nationally and internationally;
  • encourage networking between academics, researchers, practitioners and students;
  • advance understanding of victims of crime and social harm, survivors and resilience;
  • develop a space on the BSC website to include the specialist BSC Victims Network alongside, and to complement, the existing specialist BSC Networks;
  • look for opportunities to secure research or consultancy income.

Steering Group

Dr Samantha Bricknell, Principal Research Analyst, Human Trafficking and Slavery/Violence Research Programs, Australian Institute of Criminology

Hannah Bows, Postgraduate Researcher (PhD) University of Durham


Hannah’s research interests are across law and criminology, focusing on gender, women’s health, women in academia, feminism and violence against women with particular interest in domestic and sexual violence. Hannah has worked on a number of research projects at Durham University, including exploring the use of smartphone apps in relation to sexual violence, a feasibility study for a young persons toolkit on sexual violence and consent and currently a study on ageing sex offenders. Hannah is currently researching her PhD which is exploring sexual violence against women aged 60 and over. Outside of these research commitments, Hannah is a co-founder of the BSC Victims Network, is a trustee (secretary) for Durham Women Rising and is on the board of trustees for Age UK Teesside.

Dr Pamela Davies, (Chair), Teaching Fellow and Director of Criminology at Northumbria University

Dr Marian Duggan, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Lecturer in Criminology, Deakin University, Victoria (Australia)


Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon researches in the area of legal responses to lethal violence and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. This research is undertaken with a key focus on issues relating to gender and justice, and has been informed by over 100 interviews conducted by Kate with members of the Australian, English and American criminal justice systems. Kate has published the findings of her research in high impact criminology and law journals and has presented at national and international criminology conferences. Kate has also advised on homicide law reform reviews in several Australian jurisdictions.

Professor Matthew Hall, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Lincoln


Matthew graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2007 having previously graduated from Sheffield’s MA in International Criminology programme. He became a Lecturer in Law and Criminal Justice in 2008 and a Senior Lecturer in 2011 both at the University of Sheffield, School of Law. In 2014 Matthew was appointed Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and Director of Research at the University of Lincoln, School of Law. He has been interviewed on behalf of the European Commission as an expert contributor in the field of victimology to assist the development of a new Directive on victims’ rights and has also advised the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development concerning a review of South Africa’s Victim Empowerment Scheme. More recently Matthew has pioneered research on environmental victimisation and the application environmental justice principles in the criminal justice system at the national and international levels.

Dr Vicky Heap, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University


Vicky’s research focuses on the areas of anti-social behaviour, criminal justice policy and crime prevention, with victimology being a fairly new interest as a result of the victim-focused shift within anti-social behaviour policy. She co-authored the book ‘Administrating Victimization: The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour and Hate Crime Policy’ and is currently conducting further research into the anti-social behaviour and hate crime nexus. Vicky has presented her work at national and international conferences and was part of the Sheffield Hallam Criminology Team presented with the 2014 British Society of Criminology Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr Helen Jones, Principal Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University


Dr Helen Jones’s research interests include the politics of gender violence, critical analysis of policy on rape and sexual violence, elder abuse and educational pedagogy. Helen co-wrote the book Rape Crisis: Responding to Sexual Violence and has presented papers on this aspect of her research at conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and Mongolia. Her current research activity is in the area of ageing and gendered violence. She has pedagogic interests and chairs the British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching Network. In 2014 she chaired the QAA revision of the Criminology benchmarks.​​

Kirsty McGregor, Doctoral Candidate, Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Manchester

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