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Background information on Specialist Advisers - Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls inquiry

16 May 2022

The following are Specialist Advisers for this inquiry:

Dr Christine Barter, Professor of Interpersonal Violence Prevention, University of Central Lancashire   

Professor Barter is Co-Director of the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm. Her work has mainly focused on preventing VAWG including sexual violence and exploitation, violence and abuse in young people’s relationships, technology and Gender-Based violence, domestic abuse and stalking. She has evaluated prevention and intervention initiatives including RSE in secondary and primary schools. In 2016, she was the Specialist Adviser to the Women and Equalities Committee on its inquiry into Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.

Dr Hannah Bows, Associate Professor in Criminal Law, University of Durham

Dr Bows is also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) and Chair of the British Society of Criminology Victims Network. She has been researching violence against women and girls for the last decade and has knowledge in policy, law and research in relation to preventing VAWG. Her work includes studies on extreme pornography, sexual violence at music festivals, violence against women in public/private spaces, technology and violence against women and sexual violence at universities and the so called ‘rough sex’ defence.

Professor Shazia Choudhry, Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Professor Choudhry was appointed Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple from 2014-2017 and is now an Associate Fellow and was elected as an Academic Bencher in 2020. Her research interests lie in the fields of European and UK human rights law, violence against women as a human rights issue and the effect of rights-based reasoning in the law relating to children. Some of her work has included giving evidence to the APPG on Domestic Violence, working as a Specialist Adviser to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (2019) and to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into Violence against Women (2014-15). She has also advised the Council of Europe and other international bodies on violence against women.

Elaine Crory, Good Relations Co-ordinator at the Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Belfast

For the past three years, Elaine has worked primarily on a project called Raise Your Voice, which tackles sexual harassment and sexual violence in communities in Northern Ireland. She works alongside VAWG-focused organisations and others to advise the Northern Ireland Government and other bodies on policy. She sits on the Gillen Review Implementation Team to help campaign to address persistent myths around rape and sexual offences.

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