Janet Bowstead

Janet Bowstead
Royal Holloway, University of London | RHUL · Department of Criminology

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Introduction
Janet Bowstead currently works at Royal Holloway, University of London. Janet does research in social processes, rights and social policy. Her current project is 'Women on the move: the journeyscapes of domestic violence.'

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Publications (14)
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In published domestic violence strategies, there is a tendency to focus on service provision and service responses in each administrative location; rather than recognising the extent to which women and children move through places due to domestic abuse. Whilst a woman’s help-seeking may be local—if she has the information and resources, and judges...
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Bowstead presents images by women who have been forced to leave home due to domestic violence. Such forced internal migration—creating tens of thousands of internally displaced women and children—is generally under-recognised in a country like the UK. As well as emotional, legal and practical issues on such journeys, women are often dealing with a...
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This article highlights a gendered and forced mobility which has been under-recognised in the literature on mobility. It explores the hidden relocations of women (often with children) due to intimate partner abuse; presenting findings from mixed methods research on women’s journeys to escape domestic violence, including analysis of over 80 journey...
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Domestic violence against women is a significant social issue within the United Kingdom, across Europe and globally. However, it is often difficult to research given the hidden nature of the violence, and the need for many women to continue to keep their experiences secret. This article presents research on women’s relocation journeys, using admini...
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State and societal responses to a diverse range of abuses, injustices and exclusions often take the form of providing designated spaces of temporary shelter from the hostility. This introduction to the themed section on Safe Spaces of refuge, shelter and contact outlines the five contributions on such gendered spaces in Australia, Cambodia, England...
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Many women escaping domestic violence spend time in women’s refuges (shelters) whilst they deal with practical and emotional issues in a safe space. Such spaces are therefore an important place for women’s recovery and empowerment after abuse, but are also complex spaces of displacement. In the UK, there is a wide range of refuge providers, and dif...
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This article draws on a mixed-methods research project which mapped and quantified women’s journeys to escape domestic violence in England, and builds on the empirical findings to theorise about the nature of such journeys. Identifying a process of gendered migration within the United Kingdom it explores these journeys using concepts of forced exil...
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In a context of localism and public sector cuts in the United Kingdom, women’s domestic violence refuges are experiencing funding cuts and service restrictions. This article presents findings of a research project, quantifying, mapping and conceptualising the journeys women make to escape domestic violence; journeys that often include accessing a w...
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This paper examines a process of forced migration within the United Kingdom: that of women (often with children) escaping violence within relationships. Studies of internal migration in the UK have rarely examined forced migration or emphasised gendered processes, and studies of migration and relationship breakdown have under‐recognised abuse in fo...
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This article reports on two separate research projects that use mapping techniques, specifically Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to assess the spatial characteristics of access to specialized support services for women who have experienced domestic/sexual violence, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and sexual exploitation. In the fir...

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www.womensjourneyscapes.net This project introduces the concept of the possibility of a functional scale for domestic violence journeys – forming “journeyscapes” – whereby women and children travel as far as they need to escape the abuse, but are not forced further than necessary due to constraints of administrative boundaries or service provision.