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Voices from behind closed doors: participatory film-making inside a refuge for domestic abuse survivors

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This research will explore the experiences and everyday lives of women seeking help in a refuge through the methods of ’participatory filmmaking’. In collaboration with several refuges, a cross-section of residents will be given the opportunity to film and record their stories using narratives to explore their personal journeys to taking up refuge accommodation. Exploratory questions would include their reasons for staying in, and returning to, abusive relationships and turning points that made them eventually leave and what they might wish to tell ’outsiders’ about coercive control as well as any accounts of seeking the help of law-enforcement and consequences. Finally, research questions will focus on how participants identify their own circumstances and their needs. Their footage will be edited so that the film remains focused on answering the research questions and provides a vital tool in police training. Results from this research will make a major contribution to our understanding of coercive control through a research process that also aims to be a cathartic experience for the participants themselves. Previous studies have highlighted the need for police forces to take allegations of abuse more seriously; emotional testimonies from survivors will have a more direct impact on this audience and can unpick the conflict of emotions that sometimes surround this crime. This research will therefore help the police improve their response to domestic abuse.
How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Strong inter-personal skills are required and previous experience of working in sensitive situations with vulnerable people is desirable.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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