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Ruth’s research focuses on the relationships between individuals and institutions, often linking to her previous experience in policy work around justice and gender-based violence. She is currently working on ‘Embedding procedural justice for victim-survivors into police responses to sexual violence’, part of Operation Soteria, a UK Home Office funded project bringing together police and academic researchers to transform police investigations of rape and serious sexual offences. Her work on Operation Soteria has included developing the Rape Victim Impact Assessment tool, which supports police forces to embed the rights and interests of victims of sexual violence when developing policy and procedures.

Recent previous projects include: ‘Domestic abuse and child contact: the interface between criminal and civil proceedings’, funded by Scottish Government; ‘CAFADA (Children and families affected by domestic abuse)’, an ESRC funded project looking at innovation in social care; ‘IMPRODOVA: Improving frontline responses to high impact domestic violence’, an EU funded project investigating police and other frontline agency responses to domestic abuse across eight countries; ‘Constructions of children and parents during the reform of family law in Scotland’, a Carnegie funded project looking at discourses around children’s participation during the parliamentary process of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020; ‘Improving Justice in Child Contact’, a five country European funded project seeking to enhance children’s participation in decisions that affect them. She received her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, investigating how the police apologise in responding to public complaints.

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Institution:

University of Glasgow

Address:

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
University of Glasgow
Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
Glasgow

Research Themes

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

2023

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings

This Report presents the findings of the Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings research […]

23rd January 2024

Rape Victim Impact Assessments

The Rape Victim Impact Assessment (RVIA) tool is one of the outputs from Operation Soteria, embedding procedural justice for victim-survivors […]

4th December 2023

Bluestone Soteria

Embedding procedural justice for victim-survivors into police responses to sexual violence   This three year project aims to improve how police […]

30th January 2023

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings

This project aims to examine the processes of child contact proceedings, particularly child welfare hearings, and their interaction with criminal […]

20th November 2018

IMPRODOVA

IMPRODOVA is a 36-month European Commission funded research and innovation project which is focused on the human factors shaping institutional […]

14th February 2024

Police Given New Tool to Improve Rape Investigations

2nd February 2023

Information on Domestic Abuse Missing in Child Contact Cases

12th November 2018

Scotland to form part of major European study into institutional responses to domestic abuse