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Celebrating 10 years of CRiVA: Kirsten Hall

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.

Kirsten Hall was first introduced to CRiVA during her PhD at Durham University under the supervision of Nicole Westmarland.

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

Kirsten Hall, CRiVA member
Kirsten Hall, CRiVA member
Tell us about your role within CRiVA

I am an ESRC Post Doctoral Research Fellow at CRiVA. My areas of research interest are domestic abuse, children, home, and housing.

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

It all started when I successfully applied for a PhD research project and had a desire to learn more about housing issues faced by children who are living with domestic violence. The catalyst for this was the High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear and alumna of Durham University, Ruth Thompson, OBE, whose stated goal for 2015 was ‘to help children affected by domestic violence and abuse’. The project was funded by a consortium of donors from the housing sector, led by the Gentoo Group. This resulted in the completion of my PhD ‘How do children who live with domestic abuse view, experience and understand the idea of home’.

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

I am passionate about the work of the Centre as they deliver high quality ongoing research surrounding many different aspects of violence and abuse which combines together to create a unique pool of knowledge. CRiVA consistently reaches out beyond the University to ensure that research is impactful, and learning happens both ways which is really important to remain relevant and make change.

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

I am hoping that my work will impact my community by inviting any person to come and view my research on home as part of an exhibition. The idea is that the research powerfully impacts ideas about the right of people to have a home, how we divide and allocate land and the cultural norms about home and tenure.

Find out more

  • Kirsten Hall is a Postdoctoral Research Associate 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.
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