SCCJR/SIPR Seminar: Private Security and Domestic Violence

You are invited to attend a SCCJR/SIPR Seminar featuring Dr Diarmaid Harkin from Deakin University who will be speaking about his forthcoming book, Private Security and Domestic Violence: The Risks and Benefits of Private Security Companies Working With Victims of Domestic Violence

Date and Time: Thursday 5 September 2019, 4:30pm arrival for 5pm to 6:30pm

Location: Lilybank House Seminar Room, University of Glasgow. Please see University of Glasgow map for more details (Location D9)

In this seminar Diarmaid will be speaking about how private security companies are playing an increasing role in responding to the insecurity of victims of domestic violence.

This event is jointly hosted by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).

In Australia, many family violence organisations have contracted private security companies to provide ‘security audits’ and ‘security upgrades’ for their clients. This involves a private security worker attending the home of the client and attempting to offer security measures to improve the victim’s feelings of insecurity. This research has spoken with over 90 key stakeholders including 15 victims of domestic violence. The aim of this research is to unpack the risks and benefits of deploying private security companies in this context.

Deploying private security companies in this context is often popular with family violence organisations and clients also reported increased feelings of safety and security. However, this research also uncovered a range of reports of private security companies behaving unethically or incompetently. As will be argued, private security companies may play a useful role in responding to the needs of victims of domestic violence, however, steps need to be put in place to regulate the companies and workers who wish to work with victims.

Biography: Dr Diarmaid Harkin is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University and currently an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Alfred Deakin Institute. His current active research projects examine the use of private security companies by family violence services; the threat of the consumer spyware industry; and the challenges of cyber-crime for the police. Diarmaid has also conducted a number of studies into community policing policy in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Diarmaid has published in numerous top-tier journals on the themes of policing, punitiveness, private security, cyber-policing, and spyware. Diarmaid’s paper in Theoretical Criminology won the Brian Williams Prize from the British Society of Criminology, for best sole-authored article from an early career researcher.

The event is free but places are limited.

This seminar is jointly hosted by SCCJR and SIPR and kindly organised by Dr Julie Berg (University of Glasgow)

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde. The SCCJR aims to produce research that informs policy and practice and advances our understanding of justice.

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is a strategic collaboration between 14 of Scotland’s universities and the Police Service of Scotland, offering a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st century and for achieving international excellence for policing research in Scotland.