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Public Experiences and Engagement

This area of research activity explores the public experience of crime and mechanisms of engagement with both crime-related activities and criminal justice processes. Studies of victimisation experiences, particularly in relation to domestic abuse, knife-crime and exploitation, comprise a sub-set of this work. 

Public experience and engagement research group

Consideration is given to factors which increase vulnerability and which influence the likelihood of reporting and help-seeking. Other research examines perceptions of crime, criminal justice processes and engagement with law enforcement, as well as societal influences on these.

Areas of activity

  • Occupational pressures and potential criminal impacts
  • Domestic abuse in military contexts
  • Media representations of crime
  • Police legitimacy

Staff working in this strand

The Crime and Society research centre is cross-disciplinary and encourages researchers to engage with research across other strands and centres. Find out more about the staff and research students behind the centre.