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Ruth’s research focuses on the relationships between individuals and institutions, often linking to my previous experience in policy work around justice and gender-based violence. She is currently working on Domestic abuse and child contact: the interface between criminal and civil proceedings, a Scottish Government funded project. She also works at Stirling University on CAFADA (Children and families affected by domestic abuse), an ESRC funded project looking at innovation in social care. She received her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, investigating how the police apologise in responding to public complaints. Recent previous projects include: 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.




University of Stirling/University of Glasgow


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

Research Themes

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

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20th November 2018


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

12th November 2018

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