Skip to main content

Celebrating 10 years of CRiVA: Geetanjali Gangoli

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) was launched in 2013 and has since been designing and enhancing research-led education, policy and practice in the field of violence and abuse.

Geetanjali Gangoli has been part of CRiVA since 2020 when she joined the Department of Sociology.

Read on to find out more about Geetanjali, her role and passion and why CRiVA is so important.

Geetanjali Gangoli, CRiVA member
Geetanjali Gangoli, CRiVA member
Tell us about your role within CRiVA

I am a Professor in the Department of Sociology. My work aims to understand and prevent gendered violence and abuse, particularly in and against racially minoritised communities, and on social movements against gender based violence and abuse in South Asia.

How did you become involved with the work in the Centre?

I have been working on violence and abuse for over two decades. I have worked closely with Nicole Westmarland on international perspectives to rape and prostitution in the past.

Why are you so passionate about the Centre and the work they do?

CRiVA is a unique interdisciplinary centre that is truly passionate about working to end violence and abuse against marginalised people from across communities, continents, sexualities, genders, and ethnicity. I am particularly interested in intersectional inequalities and how they work against victim/survivors experiencing violence and abuse, and this is shared with other colleagues in the Centre. CRiVA has strong links with third sector organisations in the field and this is an area that is close to my heart.

How does your work impact communities / the world around you?

My work with racially minoritised communities has impacted policies and practice around forced marriage (for instance, debates on immigration control as a way of controlling forced marriage); police recording of honour based abuse (looking at variations in practice across police forces and making recommendations of how to address these); and creating training on different aspects of violence and abuse (including sexual abuse against refugee and asylum seeking communities and on family abuse). My work has also been cited internationally and been used by NGOs and social movement organisations in India and other parts of South Asia.

Find out more

  • Geetanjali Gangoli is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. Visit her profile
  • The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) is dedicated to improving knowledge about interpersonal violence and abuse, and professional and societal responses to it. Find out more
  • CRiVA’s research has received international acclaim and led to ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ impact ratings. Discover more
  • Our Department of Sociology is ranked 1st in the UK for Criminology and 3rd in the UK for Sociology in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. Feeling inspired? Visit our Sociology webpages to learn more about studying with us.
  • If you’d like to share your story or insights into your work, visit our Submit a blog or vlog page to learn more.