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Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542693

I have been working in the field of domestic and sexual violence for over 17 years.  I have worked for the police as a Domestic Abuse Officer and for a large Women’s Aid organisation – managing a number of community-based projects. Through my research, I am committed to improving the response that victim-survivors receive when they approach services for help. 


PhD, Government and Society. ‘Evaluating Criminal Justice Interventions in the Field of Domestic Violence – A Realist Approach’ University of Birmingham
MA, Research Methods in Political Science (Distinction) University of Birmingham
BSc, Economics and Politics (First Class with Honours) University of Birmingham

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

I am currently the Course Lead for the MA in Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence,  Within this programme, I teach on DSVM4001 – Theoretical Perspectives on Gender, Violence and Interpersonal Relationships, DSVM4002 –Recognition, Response and Impact of Violence, and DSVM4003 – Preparing for Independent Research.

I also deliver a bystander intervention programme to Undergraduate students across the University – which aims to prevent sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic violence on campus.       

Research interests:

I have a particular focus on the criminal justice response to domestic and sexual violence.  My PhD evaluated a team of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) based within a Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) to determine the impact on prosecution rates.

In 2017 I led a Home Office funded project as part of the Joint Criminal Justice Inspectorate Report into Harassment and Stalking in England and Wales.  This research identified the devastating impact of experiencing harassment and stalking, and ensured that victims’ voices formed part of the final report.              


Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies



Taylor-Dunn, H., Bowen, E., Gilchrist, E. (2017) The Victim Journey A participatory research project seeking the views and experiences of victims of stalking and harassment. HMIC.

Taylor-Dunn, H., Bowen, E., Gilchrist, E. (2017) The Experience of Stalking and Victim Responses. Conference Presentation. Institute of Violence Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, USA

Taylor-Dunn, H. (2017) Independent Domestic Violence Advisors in the Criminal Justice System - How Organisational Values and Beliefs Impact on Service Delivery. Conference Paper. West Midlands Specialist Domestic Violence Consortium Conference ‘Coercive Control – Redressing the Balance’

Jones, R., Gilchrist, E., McGregor, K., Stephens-Lewis, D., Taylor-Dunn, H., Richards, C. (2016) An Exploration of Healthcare Professionals’ Personal and Professional experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse. A study commissioned by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust

Taylor-Dunn, H. (2016) An Evaluation of the Freedom Programme for Professionals 2 Day Training Course ‘Understanding Coercive Control’. Project Report. University of Worcester.

Taylor-Dunn (2016) The impact on victim advocacy on the prosecution of domestic violence offences – lessons from a Realistic Evaluation. Criminology and Criminal Justice. [Online] 16 (1), 21-39


External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

I am a member of the West Midlands CPS Violence Against Women and Girls Scrutiny Panel