Projects

Projects about Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

The effects of vicarious traumatisation upon those working in the justice system in Scotland

The project will explores the experiences of service providers working with girls and young women who have experienced trauma and victimization. The project, which started in January 2017, is using mixed methods, including interviews and psychometric measures, with 25-30 service providers working in either custodial or community-based settings with girls and young women who are involved with /

Implicit Thinking in Intimate Partner violence

This pilot study involves data collection from two sites, one in England & Wales and one in Scotland. The work is supported by the Scottish Prison service (SPS). The work is producing the first dataset describing the implicit thinking of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) offenders and the results will be presented at both national and international conferences in...

Understanding the drivers of the female prison population in Scotland

SCCJR are undertaking some analysis aimed at identifying factors that may have contributed to the increased use of female imprisonment in Scotland. The number of women imprisoned in Scotland has risen dramatically over the last 10-15 years (as it has done in other western jurisdictions) prompting questions as to the factors that have brought about this change. In seeking to explore this issue...

Assessing Dynamic Risk in Intimate Partner Offenders

This project, which was conducted in 2009, was sponsored by the Scottish government and involved reviewing literature to develop a comprehensive risk assessment approach for intimate partner offenders which would be open to dynamic change, thus capable of reflecting the impact of treatment groups and other interventions within the criminal justice system. This was undertaken by Prof. E.

Assessing Risk in Intimate Partner Offenders

This project was sponsored by the Risk Management Authority and was undertaken 2009-2010. This involved critical appraisal of the literature and evidence base in IPV risk assessment and producing a paper to inform the Risk Management Authority’s guidance on IPV risk Assessment and management. The work was undertaken by Prof. Liz Gilchrist and is currently informing policy advice...

Evaluation of Up-to-us Young Women’s Project

Evaluation of the Up-2-Us Time for Change Project This is an evaluation of the pilot Up-2-Us Time for Change Project, which is a gender-specific service targeted at young women aged between 14 and 18 years deemed to be at significantly high risk of admission to secure care or custody. The research takes a multi-dimensional perspective, by undertaking a set of qualitative interviews...

A profile of female offenders within the Lothian and Borders

Understanding the characteristics and needs of women in the criminal justice system is a first step towards the development of effective interventions and services that can divert female offenders from imprisonment and support their desistance from crime. This study, funded by the Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority, described and analysed the characteristics and needs of women...

Evaluation of the Women in Focus Programme

The Women in Focus Programme is aimed at reducing the number of women imprisoned from the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority area by offering additional support within the framework of a statutory order. The research, funded by the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority, is assessing the effectiveness of the programme in reducing levels of breach and levels of custody...

Women, Punishment and Community Sanctions – Human Rights and Social Justice

The core objective of the programme will be to draw upon international knowledge and expertise to critically assess cross cultural responses to lawbreaking by women with a particular emphasis upon human rights and social justice. The programme will focus upon comparative experiences of community sanctions for women, an area that has received relatively little academic and policy attention. In...

User Views of Punishment

Sarah Armstrong (Glasgow University) and Beth Weaver (Strathclyde University) are conducting research, in cooperation with the Scottish Prison Service, into the experience of doing short prison sentences and community-based sentences (probation, community service). We want to know what those affected by these punishments are going through and how such sentences help or hinder the ability to...

Different Systems, Similar Outcomes? Tracking Attrition in Reported Rape Cases

This project, led by Professor Liz Kelly and Jo Lovett of CWASU, London Metropolitan University was funded under the European Commission, Daphne II Programme. The project set out to research attrition of rape cases in the European context, across 11 countries with varying judicial systems and cultures. The research sought to explore in detail the factors involved in attrition of rape cases and...

Policy Responses to Gender Based Crime in Scotland

Michele Burman and Jenny Johnstone in collaboration with Janette de Haan and Jan Macleod, of the Women’s Support Project received a research grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for a project entitled Responding To Gender-Based Violence In Scotland : The Scope Of The Gender Equality Duty To Drive Cultural And Practical Change ‘ The project summarised current...

Young Women and Violence

Members of SCCJR are involved in ongoing scholarship on young women and violence. Funded projects have included: ‘A View from the Girls: Exploring Violence and Violent Behaviour’ (Michele Burman, Kay Tisdall, Jane Brown & Susan Batchelor, ESRC Violence Research Programme) ‘Pathways Through Violence: Young Women Incarcerated for Violent Offences’ (Susan...

‘Holistic’ interventions with women involved in the criminal justice system.

This project considered the recent emphasis on ‘holistic’ responses aimed at meeting the needs of women caught up in the criminal justice system. It drew on recent work (evaluation of the 218 Centre, comparative analysis of services in Scotland and Canada) to identify how ‘holism’ is defined, what this means in practice and what the implications of this approach are...

Gender Equality Duty and Scottish Criminal Justice – EOC Guidance

The Gender Equality Duty (GED) comes into force in April 2007. All public authorities must demonstrate that they are promoting equality for women and men, in terms of policy making, service delivery, regulation and employment, and that they are eliminating sex discrimination. The SCCJR worked with the EOC to develop the EOC Guidance and we have developed web based flowcharts to be read in...