Impact award nomination for research project partner

Professor Marianne Hester’s examination of justice through the eyes of survivors nominated for award

Our research has had a major impact on the understanding of domestic abuse amongst policymakers, campaigners, in parliament and more. Some of our work involves collaborating with various projects and institutions, where our quality research is central to project outcomes and understanding. We’ve been working with Professor Marianne Hester at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research (University of Bristol) on the Justice, Inequality and Gender Based Violence project which has been named a finalist in this year’s ESRC* Celebrating Impact Prize. Women’s Aid (with others) was a partner in this ESRC-funded research project, which was a finalist in the category of Outstanding Societal Impact. The project addresses the knowledge gap that exists regarding justice, inequality and gender-based violence.

The research was commended by the ESRC for its impact in feeding into government consultations, for its use as evidence of the value of specialist advocacy services, for its influence on Women’s Aid training and for the team’s production of the ‘Measuring Justice Tool’ for specialist sexual and domestic violence services.

Women’s Aid proposed to Professor Hester that evidence should be gathered on what justice meant to survivors of domestic abuse. The project went on to examine 1,500 victim/survivors’ experiences and perceptions of justice across formal criminal, civil and family justice systems.

The Women’s Aid Survivors’ Forum was a key site for recruiting research participants and many women came forward to share their thoughts and experiences, which resulted in 251 interviews. We also played a key advisory role in the development and analysis of the research. One of the main research findings was that survivors want a justice response where they are believed, their experiences validated and they are empowered to move forward in their lives, and where perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

Click on the video below to find out more about the project

*Economic and Social Research Council

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