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Dr James Rowlands

Post:Research Associate (Law)
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I originally trained as a Social Worker before becoming an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA). Prior to commencing my PhD in 2018, I spent 14 years working in fronline and strategic roles in the domestic abuse sector. 


2023 - PhD Gender Studies (Social Sciences, University of Sussex

2006 - MA in Social Work, Cardiff University

2005 - Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Cardiff University 

2001 - BA (Hons) Modern History, University of Oxford


Seminars and conferences

'Domestic Violence Homicide – a public health issue', Seminar, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) (22nd November 2018).

'LGBT+ domestic abuse', Domestic Abuse Conference, Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance (15th March, 14th May and 30th May 2019).

'Illuminating the past to make the future safer? Exploring Domestic Homicide Reviews as a mechanism for change', PhD Symposium, Crime Research Centre, School of Law, Politics and Sociology (Sussex University) (21st May 2019).

'Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) and Men: Emerging Learning', Taking Male Victims of Domestic Abuse Seriously Conference, Respect (11th June 2019).

'Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales: Challenges and Opportunities', Seminar, Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children (The University of Melbourne) (20th August 2019)

'Illuminating the past to make the future safer?’ Exploring the talk and text of Domestic Homicide Reviews', Seminar, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (Monash University) (22nd August 2019)

'Exploring the presence of children’s voices in Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales', CIRCY Seminar Series: How are children heard and not heard?  (Sussex University) (30th October 2019)

'An Introduction to Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales: Exploring challenges and opportunities through the lens of LGBT+ domestic homicide', Webinar, Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (Western University) (13 December 2019)

Conference Organization

Co-chair: 'Recognise & Respond: Strengthening advocacy for LGBT+ survivors of domestic abuse', National Conference, Galop (9th May 2019).


In 2019 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, which will allow me to travel to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States to investigate international approaches to domestic / family violence death reviews.


I am an Independent Chair of Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs).

I am a board member for Respect. Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people’s violence in close relationships.

I am a Fellow of the RSA.