Dr Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca BarnesLecturer in Criminology

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  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5707
  • Email: rb358@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 2.06, 2nd floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details


I am a Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and I lead our four campus-based Criminology MSc programmes. I have been working in the Department of Criminology since January 2013, having previously lectured Sociology at the University of Derby. I completed my PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham in 2007, and for this I conducted one of the first in-depth qualitative studies of domestic abuse in women’s same-sex relationships. I have continued to research domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender communities and I have also recently evaluated a support and advocacy service for female, ‘medium risk’, repeat victims of domestic abuse in Nottinghamshire. Currently, I am conducting a study of domestic abuse in the Church in Cumbria. I am involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and dissertation supervision and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Administrative duties

  • Course Convenor for the MSc programmes in Criminology
  • Deputy Chair of the Criminology Postgraduate Research Committee
  • Member of the Criminology Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team


Office Hours: By appointment


Donovan, C. and Barnes, R. (forthcoming) ‘Making sense of discourses of sameness and difference in agency responses to LGB and/or T abusive partners’, Sexualities.

Barnes, R. and Donovan, C. (2016) Developing interventions for abusive partners in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender relationships’ in Hilder, S. and Bettinson, V. (eds) Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Protection, Prevention and Intervention, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp.297-320.

Hedderman, C. and Barnes, R. (2015) ‘Sentencing Women: An Analysis of Recent Trends’ in Roberts, J. (ed.) Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Donovan, C., Barnes, R. and Nixon, C. (2014) The Coral Project: Exploring Abusive Behaviours in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender Relationships, Interim Report, University of Sunderland/University of Leicester. Download PDF copies of the full report and executive summary.

Barnes, R. (2013) ‘“I’m over it”: women’s accounts of life after woman-to-woman partner abuse’, Partner Abuse, 4(3): 380-398.

Barnes, R. (2013) ‘“She expected her women to be pretty, subservient, dinner on the table at six”: problematising the narrative of egalitarianism in lesbian relationships through accounts of woman-to-woman partner abuse’ in Sanger, T. and Taylor, Y. (eds) Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barnes, R. (2013) Review of Phellas, C. (ed., 2012) Researching Non-Heterosexual Sexualities, Aldershot: Ashgate. In Sociological Research Online, 18(3). Available online at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/18/3/reviews/2.html


  • Domestic violence
  • Gender, sexuality and crime
  • Female offending
  • Religion and crime
  • Homo/bi/transphobia
  • Research methods for researching sensitive topics

My latest research project, which runs from November 2016-December 2017, is a study of domestic abuse in the Church in Cumbria. I am the Co-Investigator for this project, alongside Dr Kristin Aune (PI) at Coventry University, and in collaboration with Restored and Churches Together in Cumbria. This research, co-funded by four charitable trusts (in total, £36,823), surveys churchgoers and leaders across Christian churches in Cumbria about their attitudes towards, and their perception of their church’s response to, domestic abuse, as well as their own experiences of victimisation and help-seeking, where applicable.

I recently co-led, alongside Dr Clare Gunby and in collaboration with Dr Tammy Ayres and Nottingham-based domestic violence agency, Equation, an evaluation of a support service for medium risk, repeat female victims of domestic abuse. Funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (£37,035), this mixed-methods process and outcome evaluation began in December 2013 and was completed in March 2016. The final report can be accessed here.

I continue to analyse data and write up findings from the groundbreaking Coral Project, an ESRC-funded study of abusive behavior in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender relationships. I was the Co-Investigator on this project, in collaboration with Professor Catherine Donovan (PI) at the University of Sunderland. The project ran from October 2012-October 2014 and received a grant of £267,484. This was the first study in the UK to focus on the perpetration of violence and abuse by LGB and/or T partners and the development of LGBT-inclusive perpetrator interventions. The end-of-project report for the Coral Project can be found here, and there is also an executive summary. The findings from this research have been presented at UK and European conferences and at many training and dissemination events in the UK for practitioners from multiple practice settings including domestic violence services, prisons and probation, LGBT third sector agencies and social work.


  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Gender, sexuality and crime
  • Homo/bi/transphobia

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