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Understanding Repeat Violent Victimisation in Scotland

This research seeks to improve understanding about repeat violence victimisation (RVV) in Scotland, adopting a qualitative methodology that explores the views and experiences of people with lived experience of RVV, particularly those living in deprived neighbourhoods. Research aims and objectives The aims of developing the evidence base on RVV, set out in the research specification, are...

Scottish Universities-Prisons Network

The Scottish UP Network brings together those currently running or interested in university initiatives in Scottish prisons. It provides a forum for: learning about initiatives; collecting resources to support and develop activities as well as sharing and reflecting on practices; building collaborations within Scotland and beyond; and developing strategies of evaluation, to define and understand...

Network on Intelligence and Security Practices in Africa (NISPAC)

The NISPAC is a transnational research community network funded by the Scottish Funding Council under the Global Challenges Research Fund that brings together a diverse group of researchers to explore the role of intelligence services in African countries, and harness the combined insights of the humanities and social sciences to refine scholarly and policy understandings of intelligence and...

Punishment and Spectacle: Public Lecture Project

Dr Gemma Flynn (Edinburgh University) delivered a set of public lectures contextualising and make sense of Punishment in the Age of Celebrity.Bringing her background as both a criminological academic and standup comedian, Gemma addresses issues of populism, public campaigns, celebrity fixation and America’s practice of mass imprisonment. She considers how these factors concatenate and...

Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice

In this project, researchers are gathering information about how experiences of criminal justice settings and processes can be conceptualised and measured. A justice experience can include contact with police, going to court, experiencing a criminal sanction, in the context of being a vicitm, witness, perpetrator or accused, family member or professional. How different people experience a...

IMPRODOVA

IMPRODOVA is a 36-month European Commission funded research and innovation project which is focused on the human factors shaping institutional responses to domestic abuse. The research involves 8 countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia), and 16 project partners and is being conducted by Professor Michele Burman, Dr Oona Brooks and Dr Lisa Bradley, all...

Scottish Justice Fellowships

Scottish Justice Fellows is a new initiative putting research to work. In this scheme, the Scottish Government, SCCJR and SIPR are partnering to support recent PhD scholars translate their research into outputs that can inform policy and practice. There is substantial untapped resource in PhDs completed in Scotland on policing, crime, justice and related issues and Fellowships aim to support...

Concepts of Community: Exploring ‘Community’ in Theory, Policy and Practice Imaginaries

In this SCCJR funded project, researchers are exploring and developing concepts of community and how these are used in research, policy and practice. The conceptualisation and definition of community has been at the centre of ongoing discussion (Cohen, 1989; Day, 2006). The persistent question ‘what is community?’, or ‘how might a community differ from the community?’ have prompted many...

The Scottish Prisons Commission: Ten Years On

In July 2008 The Scottish Prisons Commission (also known as the McLeish Commission) published its report Scotland’s Choice. This report culminated an eight month investigation of how Scotland uses prison and the range of factors that drive this, from inequality in society to arrest and sentencing practices. The report contained 23 recommendations covering an almost unprecedented range of...

Justice Journeys: Informing policy and practice through lived experience

The principal focus of this research is on rape and sexual assault victim-survivors’ end-to-end experiences of the criminal justice system. It comprises in-depth interviews with 17 participants, whose cases reached varying stages of the criminal justice process in Scotland, including through to trial and conviction. The research aims to gain fuller understanding of: rape and sexual assault...

Parenting for Respectability

A parenting programme for the early prevention of gender-based violence is being developed and evaluated in Uganda. This project, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund, will analyse and write-up the results of a pre-post evaluation and develop plans and skills for a large-scale experimental evaluation.  The project is led by Professor Danny Wight and the final report is due 2019. For...

The effects of vicarious traumatisation upon those working in the justice system in Scotland

The project will explores the experiences of service providers working with girls and young women who have experienced trauma and victimization. The project, which started in January 2017, is using mixed methods, including interviews and psychometric measures, with 25-30 service providers working in either custodial or community-based settings with girls and young women who are involved with /

Evaluation of Rape Crisis Scotland’s National Advocacy Project

The Rape Crisis Scotland National Advocacy Project (NAP) was introduced to provide advocacy support for survivors of sexual crimes engaging, or considering engaging, with the criminal justice system. The evaluation assessed the impact of the NAP on victim-survivors, and the extent to which it has influenced policy and practice within key criminal justice agencies. The National Advocacy Project...

A Systematic Review of Police Interventions against Serious Organised Crime

This research project is being undertaken as one of the work packages included in a series coordinated by the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction (WWCCR), hosted by the UK College of Policing. It focuses on the extent to which law enforcement disruption interventions effective in reducing the level of threat and harm posed by organised crime groups and networks. Specifically, this research...

The Governance of Security and the Analysis of Risk for Sporting Mega Events

Overview In July, 2014 Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games (G2014), the largest event ever hosted by Scotland.   Large-scale international sporting events, like the Commonwealth Games, can be conceptualised as mega-events which, although they are of short duration, often have long-term consequences for the city or country that hosts them. The governance structure for G2014...

Evaluation of Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) and Diversion from Prosecution in Dumfries and Galloway

Domestic Violence and Police/ Victim Interaction

Domestic violence has received increasing attention in Scottish policy and legislation, through criminalisation of abusive behaviour and the provision of civil measures to protect victims, and the development of broad frameworks for action in the field. Alongside this activity, the number of domestic abuse incidents coming to the attention of the police has increased by 50% over 10 years, rising...

The Scottish Community Engagement Trial (ScotCET)

The world’s first randomised field trial of procedurally just policing, the Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) was developed by UQ researchers and led by the ARC Centre of Policing and Security. ScotCET is Scotland’s replication of QCET, testing whether “procedurally just” encounters between police and citizens improves citizen perceptions of police. ScotCET aims to replicate...

Evaluation of the Police Scotland/Rape Crisis Scotland ‘Support to Report’ Pilot Advocacy Service

The primary purpose of the research is to evaluate the Support to Report pilot project in relation to its intended outcomes: 1.An improvement in the support available to victims of rape and serious sexual crime. 2.An improvement in the experience of the criminal justice process for victims of rape and serious sexual crime. 3.A reduction in the level of abstraction from the criminal justice...

Lives Sentenced: Experiences of Repeated Punishment

There has been little research examining how those who are punished by the criminal justice system experience and give meaning to their sentences. Research that does exist has largely focused on one single sentence. However, criminal punishment does not happen in isolation, but is given meaning in the context of wider lives, and for most offenders, in the context of previous punishments. This...