Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn


Senior Lecturer, Domestic & Sexual Violence and Course Leader, PG Cert/PG Dip/MA in Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence


Contact Details

email: holly.taylor@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542693

I am committed to improving the way victims of violence and abuse are treated by services.  I have been working in this area since 2001, having worked for the police as a Domestic Abuse Officer and later working for a Women’s Aid organisation managing a number of community-based services. I have a particular interest in the Criminal Justice System and use my research to try and help improve the service victims receive.


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


  • I am currently the Course Lead for the Master’s Degree in Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence.  This course explores the theories behind domestic and sexual violence, the impact on victims, policy and legislative responses and work with perpetrators.  I lead on the research module and support students through their dissertation.
  • I am currently delivering a bystander intervention programme to students at the University of Worcester.  This initiative is designed to tackle sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse on University campuses.
  • I have previously led the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence.  This course was designed to train Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).


  • I have secured external funding for a range of projects in the field of violence and abuse – including a project commissioned by The Ambulance Staff Charity, looking at paramedics and their personal experiences of abuse.
  • In 2017, I led a project commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue (HMICFRS) exploring the experiences of victims of harassment and stalking who contacted the police for help.
  • My PhD evaluated the impact of a court based support service on the rate of successful prosecutions.

PhD Project Ideas



Taylor-Dunn, H., Bowen, E., Gilchrist, E. (in press) Reporting Stalking and Harassment to the Police - A Qualitative Study of Victims’ Experiences. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

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

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, H. (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