Steel, Kate

Kate Steel
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Police-victim interactions at the scene during domestic abuse call-outs
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Michelle Aldridge-Waddon and Dr Frances Rock
Supervising school:
School of English, Communication & Philosophy,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My thesis focuses on communication between police officers and alleged victims at the scene during domestic abuse call-outs in England and Wales. Having been a largely unexplored site of empirical research, call-out interactions are now accessible due to the proliferation of police body-worn video (BWV). The study takes a conversation-analytic approach, informed by ethnographic research, to explore the interpersonal work done by both police and alleged victims at the scene.

This project is motivated by the belief that a more contextualised and nuanced understanding of these pivotal interactions could inform the improvement of services provided by the police and other agencies to those affected by domestic abuse.