Angie started at the University of Essex in 2009 and graduated in 2012 with a first class BA in criminology with social psychology and a prize for exceptional achievement. She was then awarded a scholarship to go on and complete a Masters in sociology. Having since been awarded an ESRC doctoral scholarship Angie is now also completing her PhD at the University of Essex as part of a collaborative project with Essex Police. Angie has also been a part-time criminology lecturer at London Metropolitan University since 2013.
The PhD research is a collaborative project between Essex Police and the University of Essex; funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and Essex Police. The key purpose of the research is to review the policing of domestic violence in Essex to identify how police understandings of domestic violence impacts on their response to the problem and the levels of protection offered to victims. The research design focusses on highlighting the voice of the victim, adding to current efforts to improve police performance, and align more closely what police do with what victims need to provide a better service and prevent further harms.
Key aims and objectives:
Consider how risk of harm to DV victims is currently understood and applied in Essex Police.
Identify the needs of DV victims to establish how risk management may be more effectively aligned to risk factors.
Identify better ways of measuring and monitoring risk to establish how further incidents may be reduced.
Evidence how victim voice might affect the levels of protection.
Add value to how Essex Police monitor their own performance in relation to risk assessment and management by putting victim voice at the heart of the service.
Consider best ways of incorporating the insight of victims into police practice.
To review current officer training initiatives.
Benefits of the research:
Unique contribution to current knowledge on the policing of DV; adding to the Essex Police local evidence base and a contribution to the what works literature in DV.
Interim reports throughout the research to Essex Police for early knowledge transfer relating to best practice.
Presentations to relay knowledge to key staff.
An executive summary and report for Essex Police from the final thesis.
Articles with the results in both academic and professional journals.
To contribute to the training package for officers and devise the best scenarios posing challenges for professional decision making for training purposes - perhaps selecting best practice from the body worn video footage that is generated from the force itself.
Working towards improving the levels of support and protection for all victims.
Hughes, W. and Jenner, A. (Forthcoming) Strategies for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. In Tenca, M. J. and Ortiz, E. P. M. (Eds) (Forthcoming) Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Didot.