I am a Professor Emerita of Violence Against Women Studies, in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the Unversity of Bristol and have worked on violence against women for nearly 50 years as an activist, teacher and researcher. I have worked closely with Women's Aid nationally throughout this period and.was a founder of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, at Bristol, in 1990, now one of the largest such in the world,
The Centre, based in the School for Policy Studies, plays a key role in researching gender-based violence in this country and internationally, and developing new policy and practice initiatives.
I have produced more than 140 publications, including eight books, on violence against women and I am especially known for influential research on raising the voices of women survivors of violence, on multi-agency work, on disabled women and domestic abuse, on 'honour'-based violence and on trans-national partnerships with women's organisations internationally. As an activist, I have been awarded an Emma Humphreys Memorial Fund life award for work on violence against women 2013 and also a National Honour 2020.