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Professor Aisha K. Gill PhD CBE

Professor of Criminology, University of Roehampton

Professor Aisha K. Gill, Ph.D. (University of Essex) CBE is Professor of Criminology at University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest focus on health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Iraqi Kurdistan, Libya, India, Pakistan and Yemen. Professor Gill is often in the news as a commentator on early/child/forced marriage, violence predicated on 'honour', and sexual violence in South Asian communities. She writes for mainstream popular as well as academic audiences. Her current research interests include domestic violence; rights, law and early/child/forced marriage/female genital mutilation; 'honour' killings and 'honour'-based violence in the South Asian/Kurdish/Somali Diaspora and femicide in Iraqi Kurdistan, India, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen; missing women; acid violence; child contact; trafficking; sexual violence and exploitation; sex selective abortions; intersectionality and women who kill; Covid -19 and domestic violence. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals (see publications section). In 2015 she was involved in a jointly funded commissioned research by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary [HMIC] documenting the experiences of victims/survivors of 'honour'-based violence, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation in collaboration with University of Bristol. In 2017, she was funded by Hertfordshire Police Crime Commissioner to conduct research on 'honour' based violence, forced marriage and FGM.

Professor Gill has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG) at the grassroots level for the past 20 years. She is invited adviser to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) strategic support group on investigations and complaints involving gendered forms of violence against women in the UK (including domestic violence); member of Liberty's Project Advisory Group; member of Kurdish Women's Rights Watch; Imkaan and Chair of Newham Asian Women's Project (2004-2009). In October 2019, she was invited to join the Victims' Commissioner's Advisory Panel, chaired by Dame Vera Baird, QC. Gill has extensive experience of providing expert advice to the Government, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Scotland Yard/Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the voluntary sector on legal policy issues related to 'honour-based violence/abuse, 'honour' killings, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. She has challenged politicians to be more inclusive of BMER women's voices in policy-making on issues of gender-based violence and human rights. In 2019, she was appointed Co-Chair of End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW).


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Roehampton