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Ms Jade Levell

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My Doctoral Research topic is; 

Exploring the intersection of gang/on road involvement and childhood exposure to domestic abuse

This research is being supervised by Dr. Rod Earle, Dr. Johanna Motzkau and Dr. Chris Kubiak.

I have an MA(Hons) in Anthropology and Gender Studies from the University of Aberdeen (2009). I spent one of the years studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and won a Scholarship for Excellence awarded by the British Council. I have a Masters degree in Gender Studies (2012) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). I wrote my dissertation on Intersectionality and Domestic Violence Refuge Admission Criteria and was awarded a Distinction for this.

Alongside my research I am currently working as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Southampton and Bournemouth University. I am teaching on Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology courses.  

Prior to working towards a PhD I worked for several years for a Tier 2 domestic violence charity (Standing Together Against Domestic Violence) which used the Coordinated Community Response Model to address Domestic violence. I was the Children and Health Coordinator and worked strategically on policy and training to improve the response in West London. I have also spent many years working front-line in various settings related to Violence Against Women. Including several years working with women involved in prostitution, both in a harm minimisation service and a court diversion scheme. I have also worked in a domestic violence refuge for 2 years and volunteered for a Rape Crisis Helpline.

Research interests

Domestic Violence/Abuse, Gangs and gang members, Child Survivors of DV, Violence Against Women, Childhood, Social Construction of Gender, Masculinity, Intersectionality, Feminist Research Methods, Narrative methods, Creative elicitation techniques, Service User Involvement

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include: Domestic violence, gangs, child survivors, recovery, violence against women, gender equality, women involved in prostitution, online/offline sexual exploitation, sexual violence, safeguarding, social construction of gender, research methods

I have previously designed and delivered training for the Tri-borough (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) Local Safeguarding Children's Board on; Level 3: Abuse and Young People's Relationships; Level 3: Child Sexual Exploitation; Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Ambassador training

I have a PTTLS qualification (2013)

Impact and engagement

I facilitated a workshop on identifying male victims in health settings at the National RESPECT Conference (2014)

I spoke about using the Coordinated Community Response approach to DV and Health at the National Domestic Violence Coordinators Network (DVCN) Conference (2013)

I have carried out research into Young Peoples perceptions of domestic violence funded by Kensington & Chelsea Council (2015)

External collaborations

I am a cited contributing author of the Department of Health Guidance for Health Visitors on Domestic Abuse (2013)

I have attended several courses at Aarhus University, Denmark: 'Psycho-politics of self exposure in research' (2017) and 'Summer Course in Narrative Study (SINS)' (2018)

I spoke at the Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Conference in Bulgaria in 2013. This was regarding my work using the Coordinated Community Response model on Domestic violence and health with Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

My work on DV and Health was used as a best practice example in a study funded by the United Nations Population Fund and carried out by WAVE. I also carried out consultancy work as part of this project.