Gender Matters in Crime, Criminal Justice and Social Harm

Gender Matters in Crime, Criminal Justice and Social Harm focuses on finding a voice through research and related activities for women involved in crime and harms and in the processes of criminal justice as victims, offenders and agents. 

Strand leadership

Professor Maggie O'Neill is co-leader of CrimNet's Gender Matters research strand. Maggie is the former editor of Sociology, the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association as well as the founder of the Race Crime and Justice Network in the North East and the Sex Work Research Hub. Maggie currently chairs the Sex Work Research Hub with Professor Teela Sanders and Rosie Campbell OBE. You can find out more about Maggie and her research here
Sharon Grace is co-leader of CrimNet's Gender Matters research strand. As well as working as a lecturer in the University of York's department of Social Policy and Social Work, Sharon is also currently involved in a formative evaluation of the new Anti-Social Behaviour Hub at York City Council looking at how an inter-agency response can improve victim satisfaction. You can find out more about Sharon and her research here

Research interests

  • Criminal justice policy and practice, particularly as it relates to Women offenders with complex needs/vulnerabilities
  • Sexual violence and the processing of rape cases through the criminal justice system
  • Drug policy and practice, particularly as it relates to Women drug users

Events

Discussions are taking place with Northern Universities to explore the ways to engage women offenders in research with a view to developing research centred on hearing their voice. We are currently in the early stages of planning a follow-up event bringing academics and practitioners together who work with women offenders through theatre and arts programmes with an aim to explore collaborative publications and research projects.

 

Sex Work Research Hub

We are partnered with the Department of Sociology's Sex Work Research which connects researchers and academics across a range of Universities and disciplines working on sex work, sex working and sexual exploitation. 

You can read more about the Sex Work Research Hub here.