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Senior Researcher, Crime & Justice, National Centre for Social Research

Shannon joined NatCen as a Senior Researcher in the Crime and Justice Team in July 2013.

She specialises in research with people who have been victims of crime, and is currently leading studies on the sexual exploitation of boys and young men, the experiences of victims of investment fraud, and the barriers faced by LGBT people in accessing domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and sexual violence services.
Prior to joining NatCen, Shannon worked for AVA, where she managed the organisation's research and policy work on the relationships between domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental health.

In this role Shannon led a research and development project in partnership with Middlesex University on experiences of abuse amongst young people in substance misuse treatment, was commissioned by the Home Office to design and deliver an accredited training package for practitioners on supporting gang-affected young people experiencing sexual violence, and led a study in partnership with DrugScope on the drug treatment needs of women involved in prostitution.

Shannon is a member of NatCen’s Research Ethics Committee and organises events for NatCen’s Qualitative Methods Group. She is also an experienced trainer and has delivered training on gender-based violence to professionals across England and Wales. Shannon has an MLitt in Peace & Conflict Studies, focused on counter-terrorism, and a BA in Political Science and Anthropology.


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    Senior Researcher, Crime & Justice, NatCen Social Research