US students tap into GCU domestic abuse research

06 June 2016

Wisconsin in Scotland students

Wisconsin in Scotland students

GCU academic Dr Nancy Lombard outlined Scotland’s pioneering approach in addressing domestic abuse to students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Dr Lombard, from the Glasgow School for Business and Society, welcomed the students to GCU and discussed her research on domestic abuse with the Wisconsin in Scotland group, who are completing a course in gender, crime and social justice.

They also heard from Anne Marie Hicks, Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, and from Mhairi McGowan, Head of Assist, the Glasgow-based domestic abuse advocacy and support service.

‎Dr Lombard has been a volunteer, researcher and activist within the violence against women movement for the past 20 years and co-ordinates the Gender Based Violence Research Network with colleagues in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

She said: “Scotland leads the rest of the UK with its gender-based approach to domestic abuse and gender-based violence is a key focus of research at GCU. Our researchers work closely with the government and third sector organisations, providing evidence that facilitates changes in both policy and practice.

“It is to our credit that students from the USA chose to visit us and learn about the research we do and its impact in Scotland. The students were very interested to learn about the unique relationships between academics and practitioners working in this area and the importance the Scottish Government places upon our levels of knowledge and expertise.”

Gary Keveles, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, said: “Our students enjoyed the experience visiting GCU and this course will hopefully expand and deepen their understanding of this area of study. After hearing from Dr Lombard and colleagues, it seems Scotland takes a more expansive view of gender criminality and crime. Nevertheless, there are 51 jurisdictions in the United States and some states take it more seriously than others.”