Project period: May – July 2014 

This community later received Accelerator Funding for the project: Investigating GBV Intersectional (Dis)Advantages and Legal Duties – A Scoping Study of UK Universities Community Site

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Tina Skinner 
University of Bristol: Marianne Hester (PI) 
Cardiff University: Amanda Robinson 
University of Exeter: Anthony Musson 

Project overview

This community aimed to create a concrete network of GW4 Gender Based Violence researchers to build on existing links across GW4 and identify new and innovative collaborative research opportunities. 


Gender Based Violence (GBV) is recognised as a global phenomenon with negative impacts on health and well-being, requiring access to justice, and affecting economic prosperity. GBV concerns a range of different forms of violence including: domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, honour based violence, female genital mutilation, oppressive marriage practices including forced marriage, as well as forms of state sanctioned gender inequality. 

Project summary 

This project has established a GW4 Gender Based Violence Network involving 30 members cross the disciplines of Social Policy, Social Medicine, Law, Geography, Social Work and Criminology. There is potential to lead to new areas of funded research and South-West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) collaboration. Three key areas of interdisciplinary collaborative research across the GW4 GBV Network were developed. 

Community site (GW4 Portal)