Prof Rebecca Dobash

Professor of Social Research

University of Manchester


Rebecca Emerson Dobash and Russell Dobash have jointly conducted research and co-authored eight books and over 100 journal articles and chapters on intimate partner violence and homicide.

Their first book, ‘Violence Against Wives’ (1979) was followed by ‘The Imprisonment of Women’ (1986), ‘Women Viewing Violence’ (1992), Women, ‘Violence and Social Change’ (1992), ‘Penal Theory & Penal Practice: Traditions & Innovations’ (1994), ‘Rethinking Violence Against Women’ (1998) and ‘Changing Violent Men’ (2000).

Rebecca was co-winner of the World Congress of Victimology Award for Original Research and Publications in the area of Domestic Violence, the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Distinguished Book Award for Comparative Research and the ASC August Vollmer Award, and has been a visiting scholar  at the University of California, Berkeley, Arizona State University and University of Melbourne.

She has received fellowships and research grants from: the Carnegie Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Home Office, the Scottish Office/Executive and other government departments, served as research and policy advisor in Britain, Canada, USA and Australia, and worked with community groups in several countries.

Her main research focus is violence and the policies and interventions relating to it.  Specific studies include: violence against women; child sex abusers; evaluation of criminal justice based treatment programmes for violent men; bodybuilding, steroids and violence; and men’s and women’s responses to televised violence. With colleagues she recently completed the first national study of Murder in Britain, with recent publications on intimate partner murder.

Keywords: Violence Against Women, violence, homicide, evaluation of offender programmes



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