Dr Siobhan Weare

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Siobhan's research interests are focused in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Her current research explores the socio-legal responses to, and experiences of, male survivors of sexual violence. She has conducted the first study in the UK on ‘forced-to-penetrate’ cases, interviewing male survivors about their experiences of this form of sexual violence. She has been awarded funding from the British Academy to support this work.

Siobhan is also currently co-leading the JiCSAV (Justice in Covid-19 for Sexual Abuse and Violence) research project which is identifying the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on sexual offences cases within the criminal justice system, as well as exploring innovations in policy and practice that may be of value for the duration of the pandemic and beyond. This research is being funded by the ESRC-UKRI Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund.

Siobhan's research has been published in leading international journals, including the International Journal of Law in Context, the British Journal of Criminology, and Archives of Sexual Behaviour. There has been extensive media coverage of her work, including by Channel 4 News, You Magazine, BBC Radio FiveLive, LBC Radio, and The Sun. Siobhan has also presented her research to police forces across the UK, third sector support services, and policymakers, and has influenced policy and practice related to supporting male survivors of sexual violence.

Siobhan is also interested in the socio-legal responses to women who commit serious offences, including homicide and sexual violence.

Selected Publications

Michael Salter, 'Organised Sexual Abuse'
Weare, S. 09/2013 In: Modern Law Review. 76, 5, 6 p.
Book/Film/Article review

  • Centre for Crime, Law and Justice