Attitudes towards domestic violence

21 Sep

This guest blog comes from Deborah O’Connell:

A number of years ago a friend of mine left a relationship because it had become abusive.   She developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she became completely different to the bubbly, adventurous and life loving friend I knew.   She was nervous, on edge and fearful.   I could not really understand why until the terror attacks of the last few years.

I wrote the below article for my local paper and I was commended by a domestic violence resource group for describing it so succinctly and accurately that the ordinary person could understand.  I am now considering using this topic as the basis for my thesis, and I would appreciate any opinions. Contact:

A the launch of Ireland’s Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, in January 2016 Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. stated that

Attitudes towards domestic violence

“…there lies much work, difficult work, to be done in changing society’s attitudes”

For the person who has never experienced domestic violence I can only describe it as akin to the fears society has over the terrorist attacks in the West at the moment. Is it safe to travel, (Brussels Airport, March 2016) will the plane explode / crash into something (America, September 2001), will it be safe to go to the beach – (Nice July 2016)?   Will the restaurant be attacked? (Bangladesh July 2016)

Fear, uncertainty, panic, on edge, anxious, terrified are just some of the words which can be used to describe the emotions of people caught up in terrorist attacks. For the bystanders, we watch in disbelief. I remember watching the news on September 11th 2001 and I thought i had accidentally switched over to a movie when the planes hit the towers. Terrorist attacks make us afraid and unsure. They attack the fundamental feeling of safety we have as we go about our daily lives.

This is the life of a domestic abuse victim. They cannot believe this is happening, they cannot understand it, and they live with the constant fear that it may happen again. Domestic Violence makes a person so unsure and so afraid they do not trust the world around them. People ask why they stay and its simple, how can they be certain the outside world is safer? How can they trust people, or indeed their own judgement? how will they cope? Similar fears to those victims of terrorism.

According to the world health organisation (WHO) almost 1/3 of women worldwide that is about 1.1 billion women will be affected by domestic violence. For every 3 women you know on average 1 is a victim of domestic violence.

Society doesn’t dismiss the feelings of victims of terrorist attacks or the fears of the general population about it, but victims of domestic violence are treated differently, for many they aren’t believed. A friend of mine was told they had mental health issues, told he can’t be that bad. Someone told her he was too good looking to be abusive! She wasn’t believed. Frances Fitzgerald has asked that society stop dismissing the feelings and fears of those who live with domestic abuse. I, for one, agree with her.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

26 Aug

De Montfort University is offering one-year postdoctoral positions in a variety of disciplines. The postdocs offered under the Early Career Academic Fellowship Scheme offer the possibility of a permanent position subject to sufficient progress.

The deadline for applications is September 26th.

Criminology/Criminal Justice is one of the listed areas of research.

For more details see here.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

16 Aug

Great opportunity to work along with Dr Catherine Cox and Professor Hilary Marland on a postdoc entitled ‘Reform, Welfare, and Prisoner Health Rights, 1850-2000’ (see here for more info)

The postholder will be employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Public Engagement) on ‘Reform, Welfare and Prisoner ‘Health Rights’, as part of Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’, a collaborative project between Dr. Catherine Cox (UCD) and Professor Hilary Marland (University of Warwick), the two Principal Investigators (PIs).

This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of Dr Cox, Principal Investigator at UCD.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

You will also assist in co-convening policy workshops and producing policy reports, play a lead role in the management of public events and social media activity and the project website, The post holder will also advance and organise public outreach activities central to the project.

Closing Date: 12th September at 5pm

IPRT are hiring!

10 Aug

The Irish Penal Reform Trust wishes to recruit a Senior Research and Policy Project Manager on a fixed-term contract of three years. The post-holder will have very well developed skills and experience in both research programme delivery and planning including management of interns and project management.

IPRT has also secured dedicated funding for an exciting new human rights project, part of which will include the production of a flagship annual publication on human rights in prison, due to be first published in 2017. The Senior Research and Policy Project Manager will be centrally involved in the initial methodology design, research and delivery of the substantive content of this publication.

In addition, the Senior Research and Policy Project Manager will implement the other research and policy work of the organisation, in line with the IPRT Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

See more details here.

Narrowing the Disconnect – The Ethics of Supporting Desistance from Crime

25 Jul

Register now for this conference run by the Cork Alliance Centre with speakers:

Allan Weaver

Shadd Maruna

Deirdre Healy

Joanna Shapland

Vivian Geiran

Michael Donnellan


Conference Dates: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th of September 2016
Venue: Firkin Crane, John Redmond Street, Cork
A light lunch will be served on both days.
Conference dinner and networking event: Thursday 15th September at 7:00pm
Venue: Club Brasserie, City Quarter, Lapp’s Quay, Cork
Conference Contact details: 021-4557878 / 087-6890210
CPD Certificates will be provided. Please indicate below if you require one.

ACJRD Annual Conference – Cybercrime

21 Jul

The 19th Annual Conference of The Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development will take place as follows:

Friday, 7th October, 2016

The Spencer Hotel, Excise Walk, IFSC, Dublin 1

The theme of this year’s conference is cybercrime.

Speakers will include:

  • Robert Hayes, Senior Director, Strategy and Partnership Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden, Reader, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Pauline Walley, BL
  • Dr Orla Lynch, University College Cork


Autumn Criminology School

17 Jun

Ireland’s first ever residential Autumn Criminology School for Doctoral Researchers will be held at the stunning location of Blackwater Castle in Co. Cork on the 25th to the 30th of September 2016.

The residential Criminology School will be led by highly esteemed Irish and international criminologists with input from key policy makers and NGOs.

Funded by the Irish Research Council the School aims to:

  • Create a space in which criminologists at all career stages can engage in knowledge exchange, theory testing and methodological debates;
  • Create an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional network of criminological researchers that connects PhD students, with early career and advanced researchers;
  • Better articulate the importance of innovative, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to research;
  • Foster an understanding of the importance of creating and sustaining links between criminological research and social policy by providing a forum for researchers and policy makers to meet and discuss common priorities.

Activities on each day will be related to one of five key themes including: (a) Theoretical frameworks and Literature; (b) Methodology; (c) Publication and Career development; (d) Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary and Comparative Approaches and (e) Policy Implications. The School will also feature a number of themed Roundtable Discussions on topics including: Public Criminology, White Collar Crime; Intersections of Policy and Research.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Kristel Beyens, Vrije Universiteit Brussels

Prof Pat Carlen, University of Leicester

Prof Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow

Prof Shadd Maruna, University of Manchester

Prof Ian O’Donnell, University College Dublin

Prof Phil Scraton, Queen’s University Belfast


Further Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Lorraine Bowman-Grieve, WIT

Dr Michelle Butler, QUB

Dr Nicola Carr, QUB

Dr Geraldine Cleere, WIT

Dr Vicky Conway, DCU

Dr Clare Dwyer, QUB

Dr Diarmuid Griffin, NUIG

Dr Claire Hamilton, NUIM

Dr Deirdre Healy, UCD

Prof Shane Kilcommins, UL

Prof Ursula Kilkelly, UCC

Dr Siobhán McAlister, QUB

Dr Niamh Maguire, WIT

Dr Aogán Mulcahy, UCD

Dr Mary Rogan, TCD

Dr Mairead Seymour, DIT

Dr Jennifer Yaeger, WIT


Places are limited: For further details and information on how to apply visit: