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Professor Sarah Wydall

Professor Sarah Wydall

Professor in Criminology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


My research interests focus on gendered harms, particularly on domestic abuse in later life.

Since 2010, I have led on fifteen research projects, covering domestic abuse perpetrators, children and young people, victims labelled 'high risk' and more recently the intersection of later life, gender, disability  and sexual identity.

I have also co-produced and evaluated a Virtual Reality intervention ‘Through their eyes as a training tool for the police and other service providers. This tool aims to promote empathy in the headset wearer when responding to disclosures of domestic abuse or sexual violence. I am working on this with colleagues Dr Helen Miles and Rebecca Zerk from Aberystwyth University at the Centre for Age, Gender, and Social Justice (see link below)  

I have secured funding worth £2.7M, from a wide variety of sources including the Home Office; Ministry of Justice; Welsh Government; AHRC; OPAN; Comic Relief; UK Portfolio; Big Innovation; and the National Communities fund.

I have led on the Dewis Choice Initiative in Wales since 2013. Our Team - Centre For Age Gender and Social Justice (dewischoice.org.uk) . This is a co-produced model that provides intensive support for older survivors from crisis through to recovery. In 2021 Adverse Childhood Experiences PPI mapping exercise for the World Organization Collaborating Centre identified Dewis as the only trauma-informed intervention in Wales for older survivors of domestic abuse.

I have also sat on a number of domestic homicide reviews by invitation, and I have contributed towards developing practice with Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (see links in research section).


Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic abuse in later life
  • Domestic Abuse and Dementia
  • The use of virtual reality to improve the response to trauma.
  • Domestic Homicide (Men; People aged 60 years and over)
  • Domestic abuse and care that is dangerous

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Violence, Abuse and Harm
  • Violence against Women and Girls
  • The study of social harms
  • Deviance and Society
  • Meanings of Justice
  • Imprisonment
  • Media Representations of Harm
  • Domestic Homicide
  • Intersectional Oppressions


Qualitative research methodologies: I am a qualitative researcher, I am passionate about discovery-orientated research methodologies I am interested in teaching the philosophical and methodological underpinnings of research. As a social constructivist, adopting a relativist approach to human and non-human forms.

Research Award Highlights Collaborations