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Hannah Bows

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Hannah Bows

About Hannah Bows

Hannah graduated with a First Class Law with Criminology (LLB) degree from the University of Salford in 2012. Hannah was then awarded a partial tuition-fee studentship to study for an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Durham University, which she passed with Distinction in 2013. Her dissertation ‘A delicate balance: the police reporting decisions of women aged over 40’ supervised by Professor Nicole Westmarland explored domestic violence against women aged over 40 and focused on survivor's decision to report, or not to report, to the police. Hannah succeeded in securing an ESRC studentship at Durham University for her PhD study which built on her masters thesis, exploring rape against people aged 60 and over. She was awarded her doctorate in December 2016. 

Outside of the university, Hannah is the co-founder of the British Society of Criminology Specialist Victims Network and is the Chair of Age UK Teesside. She is also founder of the International Network for Research into Violence against Older Women.

Hannah is very keen to collaborate with other researchers from across the world. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD under Hannah's supervision, please contact her directly to discuss your ideas and research interests.

Research interests and activities

Hannah's research interests coalesce around gender, crime, violence and ageing. Specifically, her most recent work has examined sexual offences against older people, older sex offenders, and her current project examines homicide involving victims aged 60 and over in the UK. She is also working on a study examining stranger stalking in the UK.

Publications

Hannah is currently co-authoring a book on methods in gender-violence research with Professor Nicole Westmarland (Durham) as well as writing her monograph (based on her doctoral research) both due for publication in 2018 with Routledge. She is also editor of a two-volume book examining violence against older women (Palgrave Macmillan) which will be published in 2018. She has published in a number of journals, including the British Journal of Criminology, Policing and Society, Trauma, Violence & Abuse and Feminist Review.

In the news

  • Ending the silence on older victims of rape
    MyScience (Web) 24/08/2017:
    Dr Bows a member of the Centre for Research Into Violence and Abuse at Durham.A Senior Lecturer at Teesside University, has also devised and delivered practitioner training workshops.


  • Ending the silence on older victims of rape
    MyScience (Web) 24/08/2017:
    Dr Bows a member of the Centre for Research Into Violence and Abuse at Durham.A Senior Lecturer at Teesside University, has also devised and delivered practitioner training workshops.


  • BBC Radio 5
    BBC Radio 5 Live Daily with Emma Barnett, 23/08/2017
    Hannah Bows comments on the possible introduction of female only carriages on trains.


  • Teesside academic's research is challenging attitudes
    North East Connected, 12/06/2017
    Research by a Teesside University academic, Dr Hannah Bows is helping to challenge attitudes surrounding older victims of sexual violence.


  • BBC Radio4,
    BBC Radio4, File on 4, 28/05/2017
    Dr Hannah Bows talks about her research into offences against older people


  • Research into offences into older people
    BBC Radio 4, 28/5/2017
    Dr Hannah Bows, academic at Teesside University, comments on her research into offences against older people


  • File on 4
    BBC Radio 4, 23/05/2017
    Teesside University lecturer, Hannah Bows discusses crime relating to elderly who are in care homes.


  • BBC Radio 4
    BBC Radio 4 25.09.16
    Criminologist Hannah Bows comments


  • BBC Radio4, File on 4
    BBC Radio4, Unattributed, 20/09/16
    Teesside University criminology academic Hannah Bows comments in Radio 4 investigation into abuse of elderly care home residents