brings together members from the Centre for Criminology with research expertise
in violence and homicide including its patterns and causes, its investigation
and how it might be prevented.
We are known nationally and
internationally for our research on homicide and violence and, in particular,
our ethnographic and qualitative research in this area. Led by Professor
Fiona Brookman, the group is made up of USW Criminologists including Dr. Cheryl Allsop, Dr. Helen Jones, Prof
Mike Maguire, Anna Clancy, Prof
Ali Wardak, Prof
Jonathan Evans, Dr. Jennifer Maher, Jennifer Holmes, and Grace Boughton.
research includes studies of police investigation of homicide in the UK, USA
and Trinidad and Tobago as well as cold cases, no-body murders, miscarriages of
justice and sexual violence. It also includes research on preventing
homicide, terrorism, domestic violence, alcohol-related violence, violence
amongst and against young people and the risk management of sexual and violent offenders. Finally, it includes research on war and violence in Afghanistan and the role
of restorative justice in generating peace.
VHIPER members have a lengthy track record of securing external research funding from the ESRC, Council of Europe, European Commission, Leverhulme Trust, Home Office, government and charitable sources. Our research has generated a range of high quality publications and reports that have informed theory, policy and practice nationally and internationally. We are committed to undertaking research that has ‘real life’ relevance and positive impacts. To these ends we maintain close links with practitioners and policy makers, including police, forensic scientists, and a variety of government, third sector and voluntary organisations.