Dr Oona Brooks-Hay

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Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Research Staff
Phone number:
0141 330 7722
Room 302A,
Ivy Lodge,
63 Gibson Street,
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8LR
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Oona’s main research interests include gender, sexual and domestic abuse (and in particular, the perspectives of victim-survivors), understandings of ‘justice’, and the prevention of gender based violence. She is a Coordinator of the Scottish Gender Based Violence Research Network and the founder of the UoG GBV Research Forum. Oona is also a member of, the British Sociological Association Violence Against Women Study Group, the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Gender, Crime and Justice, and Women Against Violence Europe.


Current research projects:

  • Justice Journeys: informing policy and practice through lived experience (funded by ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and Scottish Government, Justice Analytical Services)
    An ‘end-to-end’ exploration rape and serious sexual assault survivor’s experiences with the criminal justice system using case study and creative approaches.
  • IMPRODOVA: Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Abuse (funded by Horizon 2020)
    A research and innovation project funded by the European Union involving researchers and practitioners from eight countries: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia, and Scotland. Designed to provide solutions for an integrated response to High Impact Domestic Violence (HIDV), based on comprehensive empirical research of how police and other frontline responders (e.g. medical and social work professionals) respond to domestic violence in European countries. https://improdova.eu/
  • Ugandan parenting programme to reduce gender based violence (funded by Global Challenges Research Fund)
    A parenting programme for the early prevention of gender based violence is being developed and evaluated in Uganda. This project will analyse and write-up the results of a pre-post evaluation and develop plans and skills for a large scale experimental evaluation.


Recent research projects

  • Evaluation of the Rape Crisis Scotland National Advocacy Project (funded by the Scottish Government via Rape Crisis Scotland).
  • Evaluation of the Police Scotland/Rape Crisis Scotland Pilot Advocacy Support Service (funded by Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and Rape Crisis Scotland).
  • Dual reports of domestic abuse made to the police (funded by SIPR, SCCJR and SLSA).
  • Football and Domestic Abuse in Scotland and England: A Feasibility Study (funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust).