Dr Oona Brooks-Hay

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

University of Glasgow


Dr Oona Brooks-Hay is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (Sociology), University of Glasgow. She has developed her interest in gender-based violence as an academic and a practitioner over the past 20 years and recently co-edited a book titled, Domestic Abuse: Contemporary Challenges and Innovative Practices.  She is currently conducting research on frontline responses to domestic abuse in Europe as part of the IMPRODOVA project and working on two parallel projects titled, Justice Journeys, examining and creatively representing rape and sexual assault victim-survivor experiences of the Scottish criminal justice system.

Oona is the founder of the University of Glasgow Gender Based Violence Research Forum and she is 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 the European Network on Gender Violence.

Oona was awarded the inaugural Corinna Seith prize for best paper by 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).



Brooks-Hay, O., Burman, M. and McFeely, C. (eds.) (2018) Domestic Abuse: Contemporary Perspectives and Innovative Practices. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Book chapters:

Brooks, O. (2018) ‘Young Women’s Responses to Safety Advice in Bars and Clubs: Implications for Future Prevention Campaigns’, in N. Lombard (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence.

Brooks, O. (2014) ‘The interplay between power and reflexivity in the feminist research process’, in K. Lumsden and A. Winter (eds.) Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerless and the Powerful. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilllan.

Brooks, O. (2013) ‘Gendered Freedoms and Constraints for Young Women Socialising in Bars and Clubs’, in T. Blackshaw (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies. Oxon: Routledge.

Journal article:

Burman, M. and Brooks-Hay, O. (2018) Aligning policy and law? The creation of a domestic abuse offence incorporating coercive control. Criminology and Criminal Justice. Vol. 18(1): 67–83.




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