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KESS 2 Scholarship: Exploring the impact of Domestic Violence Protection Notices on victims and perpetrators of domestic violence

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project is designed to review North Wales Police’s use of Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPNs/DVPOs) in cases of domestic violence. In the past, police services have been criticised for their approach to domestic violence and significant changes to policing domestic violence incidents have been introduced. Nevertheless, some inherent difficulties in policing domestic violence remain. There is a considerable risk of serious harm to victims of domestic violence; victims of domestic violence may be uncertain about the appropriate course of action - i.e. supporting the police in the charging process - and fearful of the consequences - i.e. partners being convicted of a serious crime. DVPNs/DVPOs were rolled out across England and Wales in 2014. DVPNs/DVPOs are civil orders applied for by the police and issues by the courts to allow women to stay in their own home; and to allow the police to keep a victim safe by removing the perpetrator of domestic violence even against victim wishes. Thus, these notices/orders provide emergency victim protection through imposing non-molestation and eviction notices on suspected perpetrators of domestic violence. Of course, police service also have to weigh the consequences of imposing DVPNs/DVPOs on alleged perpetrators prior to a conviction and their rights - contact with children, access to own property, etc.

North Wales Police want to establish whether DVPNs/DVPOs are used effectively and appropriately and how they are received by victims and perpetrators of domestic violence; police officers, and other criminal justice stakeholders, such as Independent Domestic Abuse Advisers, Women’s Aid, probation, and defence solicitors.


The successful Masters by Research student will be involved in primary data collection including interviews with professionals involved in domestic violence cases and interviews with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. The researchers will also review domestic violence court cases and analyse existing police data to map characteristics of DV cases in which DVPNs/DVPOs have been used and explore the impact of the use of DVPNs/DVPOs on repetition of victimisation, victim participation in court proceedings, criminal justice outcomes, etc. Students will be involved in writing an interim and final report for use by North Wales Police and other criminal justice and voluntary sector stakeholders.

In order to apply, applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (BA (hons) at 2,1) in social sciences or related disciplines and be able to start the project on 16 September or as soon as possible thereafter. An excellent understanding of social sciences research methods and experience of primary data collection would be desirable – students will be encouraged to attend SHiPSS postgraduate research methods modules.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter setting out why you are interested in this project and how this fits into your future career aspiration to: Dr Bethan Loftus, , copied to Penny Dowdney, and Martina Feilzer, .

Deadline for applications: Friday, 30 August 2019

Proposed Interview dates: 4/5 September 2019

Expected Start Date: 16 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter
Supervisors: Dr Bethan Loftus; Prof Martina Feilzer, Bangor University
Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Salisbury-Jones, Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, North Wales Police

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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