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    PhD projects

    Interpersonal violence and abuse (IPVA), including coercive controlling behaviours
    Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA)
    State and Corporate Harms, particularly the pharmaceutical industry
    Feminist research projects relating to the above


    Research activity per year

    Personal profile


    Dr Helen Baker has been a member of the academic staff at Edge Hill University since September 2010. She graduated from the University of Lancaster with an LLB Honours in Law in 1997 before completing a PhD in Law and Women’s Studies, funded by the ESRC, an empirical and theoretical study on women’s experiences of domestic violence; a research area in which she has maintained a long-standing interest. She has worked at Blackburn College, The University of Lancaster and The University of Liverpool in the past.

    In 2003, she was a co-researcher on a Save the Children project on children’s experiences of domestic violence service provision, together with Dr. Helen Stalford and Professor Fiona Beveridge. The project began a particular interest in the needs of children and young people in relation to domestic violence laws and service provision; an area in which she has researched ever since.

    Her recent research work has focused on the needs of teenage boys in relation to domestic violence, and how they are constructed in relation to parent abuse or child-to-parent violence. Her current work examines the gendered harms of the pharmaceutical industry, and the construction of women who experience violence and abuse under the criminal law.

    Helen is an active member of the Power, Discourse and Harms Research Group in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing. She is also a member of The SLSA (Socio-Legal Studies Association), SLS (Society of Legal Scholars) and the BSC (The British Society for Criminology).

    Helen has been invited to speak at many practitioner conferences as a result of her specialist knowledge including for regional and national Children’s Services, Safeguarding Children Initiatives and Safer Communities Partnerships. Helen has also been an external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate research degrees in the past at St. Helen’s College, Liverpool John Moores University and Aberystwyth University respectively. Helen is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


    Helen teaches the following modules at undergraduate level: 

    CRI1122 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
    CRI1123 Histories of Crime, Policing and Punishment
    CRI1125 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
    CRI2027 Crime, Law and Society
    CRI3020 Dissertation

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, PGCert, University of Liverpool

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

    Law and Women's Studies, PhD, Revisiting and Resisting Men’s Violences to Women: Shame and Self-Regulatory Practices, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

    LLB (Hons), Lancaster University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1997


    • HM Sociology
    • K Law (General)


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