Vanessa Bettinson

Professor in Law (Vice Chancellor Fellow)

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Vanessa Bettinson is a professor of law and a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at Northumbria School of Law, Northumbria University, having previously worked at De Montfort University, Leicester. Her research interest and published work has a core theme of embedding understandings of domestic violence and abuse in the criminal law. However, she also explores issues relating to vulnerability more broadly. She has extensive experience in organising interdisciplinary events both nationally and internationally which are forums for academics and practitioners working in domestic violence and abuse. For the most part her approach to research is socio-legal and she collaborates with external partners and academics in diverse disciplines. She is a member of Northumbria University's Gender, Violence and Abuse Interdisciplinary Research Theme.

Her recent funded work includes:

Exploring the use of artificial intelligence to identify perpertrators of technology facilitated coercive control, Home Office Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Fund in 2021-22. The research team consisted of academics based in computer science, criminology and social work.

Place to Call Home Project: Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children and Foster Care Provision, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Lead Partner Leicesteshire County Council, 2020-2022. The research team included academics from law and social work.

Her current research projects focus on sentencing of women whose crimes are driven by coercive control, public perceptions of self-defence where violence is used as a response to domestic abuse and exploring children's experiences of reporting crime within the criminal justice system in England.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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