Rebecca Barnes

Senior Research Advisor in Qualitative and Social Research Methods

CONTACT DETAILS

Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
George Davies Centre
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3215

Email: rb358@le.ac.uk  

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Rebecca joined the Department of Health Sciences in November 2019, having previously been Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester. Rebecca is a social scientist with a background in both Sociology and Criminology, and she completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2007. Her research expertise lies in the field of domestic violence and gender-based violence, with a particular interest in domestic violence and abuse primarily in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT+) populations and latterly in Christian communities. Her monograph, Queering Narratives of Domestic Violence and Abuse, is soon to be published by Palgrave Pivot (Donovan and Barnes, forthcoming). Rebecca is also currently leading a mixed-methods study about improving the mental health outcomes of Nottingham’s LGBT+ population, funded by NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group. Rebecca has extensive experience of qualitative research, especially qualitative interviewing; survey design; and outcome measurement in evaluation research. She has particular interests in research on sensitive or stigmatised topics; equality, diversity and inclusion in research; participatory and creative methodologies; and working with marginalised and/or ‘vulnerable’ populations.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Donovan, C. and Barnes, R. (forthcoming) Queering Narratives of Domestic Violence and Abuse: Victims and/or Perpetrators? Palgrave Pivot.
  • Donovan, C. and Barnes, R. (2019) ‘Help-seeking among lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse: the impacts of cisgendered heteronormativity and invisibility’, Journal of Sociology. Advance online publication at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1440783319882088
  • Donovan, C. and Barnes, R. (2019) ‘Re-tangling coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers (2018)’, Criminology and Criminal Justice. Advance online publication at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748895819864622
  • Donovan, C. and Barnes, R. (2019) ‘Making sense of discourses of sameness and difference in agency responses to LGB and/or T abusive partners’, Sexualities, 22(5/6): 785-802 (first published online 1/01/2017).
  • Ayres, T.C., Barnes, R., Gunby, C. and Johnson, K. (2019) Improving the Mental Health Outcomes of Nottingham’s LGBT Populations: Quantitative analysis of existing national and regional statistics concerning the mental health needs and healthcare experiences of LGBT people. Leicester: University of Leicester. Available online at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/documents/ayres-et-al-lgbt-mental-health_statistical-analysis-final-june-2019
  • Semlyen, J., Johnson, K., Barnes, R., Gunby, C. and Ayres, T. (2018) Improving the Mental Health Outcomes of Nottingham’s LGBT populations: a rapid evidence assessment, Leicester: University of Leicester. Available online at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/documents/improving-the-mental-health-outcomes
  • Aune, K. and Barnes, R. (2018) In Churches Too: Church Responses to Domestic Abuse – A Case Study of Cumbria, Coventry University/University of Leicester. Available online at: https://www.restoredrelationships.org/resources/info/142/
  • Donovan, C. and Barnes, R. (2018) ‘Becoming 'ideal' or falling short?: the legitimacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender victims of domestic violence and hate crime' in Duggan, M. (ed.) Revisiting the ‘Ideal Victim’ Concept. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Barnes, R. and Donovan, C. (2018) ‘Domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender relationships’ in Lombard, N. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence, London: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • Barnes, R., Gunby, C., Shelton, N., Hodgkinson, S. and Ayres. T. (2016) Protect, support and respond to repeat female victims of medium risk domestic abuse, Leicester: University of Leicester. Available online at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/documents/medium-risk-report
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Available online at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/documents/coral-project-interim-report
  • Barnes, R. (2013) ‘“I’m over it”: survivor narratives after woman-to-woman partner abuse’, Partner Abuse, 4(3): 380-398.

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