Dr Jude Towers GradStat

Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods

Research Interests

Latest publication: Walby and Towers (2017) 'Measuring violence to end violence: Mainstreaming gender' Journal of Gender-Based Violence 1(1).

Walby, Towers et al (2017) The Concept and Measurement of Violence against Women and Men Bristol, Policy Press.

The collaborative research programme on violence and society has been supported by the European Commission, European Parliament, Trust for London, Northern Rock Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council.

I am a Doctor of Applied Social Statistics, Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods, Associate Director of the Violence & Society UNESCO Centre, lead for the N8 Policing Research Partnership Training and Learning strand, ESRC-funded Research Data Management Champion, and hold Graduate Statistician status from the Royal Statistical Society.

My research is specifically concerned with aetiologies of violence and is situated within the emerging field of ‘violence and society’ which understands violence to be central to the analysis of social relations and not reducible to other social processes. I am interested in variations in different forms of violence, in developing theories of causal pathways of violence; to what extent these are shared or differentiated and specific. Integral to this is the measurement of violence, the identification and analysis of new sources of data, and the development of new mechanisms to capture data on new and old forms of violence.

Education, Training and Learning in Policing in England and Wales
Simmill-Binning, C.A., Towers, J.S. 11/10/2017 N8 Policing Research Partnership. 32 p.
Other report

Measuring violence to end violence: mainstreaming gender
Walby, S., Towers, J.S. 05/2017 In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence. 1, 1, p. 11-31. 21 p.
Journal article

The concept and measurement of violence against women and men
Walby, S., Towers, J., Balderston, S., Corradi, C., Francis, B.J., Heiskanen, M., Helweg-Larsen, K., Mergaert, L., Olive, P., Palmer, C.E., Stockl, H., Strid, S. 14/02/2017 Policy Press. ISBN: 9781447332633.
Book

Study on comprehensive policy review of anti-trafficking projects funded by the European Commission: HOME/2014/ISFP/PR/THBX/0052
Walby, S., Towers, J., Francis, B.J., Shire, K., Kelly, L., Apitzsch, B., Armstrong, J.E., Balderston, S., Fish, A.R., Hardaker, C., Kirby, S., May-Chahal, C.A., Palmer, C.E. 17/10/2016 Publications Office of the European Union. 106 p.
Commissioned report

Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings
Walby, S., Apitzsch, B., Armstrong, J.E., Balderston, S., Szmagalska-Follis, K., Francis, B.J., Kelly, L., May-Chahal, C.A., Rashid, A., Shire, K., Towers, J., Tunte, M. 16/03/2016
Other contribution

Is violence increasing or decreasing?: a new methodology to measure repeat attacks making visible the significance of gender and domestic relations
Walby, S., Towers, J., Francis, B. 2016 In: British Journal of Criminology. 56, 6, p. 1203-1234. 32 p.
Journal article

Making the links between economic inequality and intimate partner violence
Towers, J. 1/05/2015 In: Safe - The Domestic Abuse Quarterly. 53, p. 22-25. 4 p.
Journal article

Mainstreaming domestic and gender-based violence into sociology and the criminology of violence
Walby, S., Towers, J., Francis, B. 18/12/2014 In: The Sociological Review. 62, S2, p. 187–214. 28 p.
Journal article

The decline in the rate of domestic violence has stopped: removing the cap on repeat victimisation reveals more violence
Walby, S., Towers, J., Francis, B. 2014 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 4 p.
Other report

Overview of the worldwide best practices for rape prevention and for assisting women victims of rape
Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid , S., Krizsán , A., Lombardo , E., May-Chahal, C., Franzway , S., Sugarman, D., Agarwal , B. 10/10/2013 European Parliament. 212 p.
Commissioned report

Measuring the impact of cuts in public expenditure on the provision of services to prevent violence against women
Towers, J., Walby, S. 2012 Northern Rock Foundation. 58 p.
Commissioned report

Measuring the impact of cuts in public expenditure on the provision of services to prevent violence against women and girls
Walby, S., Towers, J. 2012 In: Safe - The Domestic Abuse Quarterly. 41
Journal article