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Torture and Torturous Violence

Transcending Definitional Boundaries of Torture

With growing recognition that torture is too narrowly defined in law, this book offers a nuanced reflection on the definition of torturous violence, and its implications for survivors. Drawing on a decade of research with psychologists and women seeking asylum, Canning sets out the implications of social silencing of torture.

Bristol Uni Press

Criminal Women

Gender Matters

Bringing together cutting-edge feminist research, this collection uses participatory, inclusive and narrative methodologies to highlight the lived experiences of women involved with the criminal justice system.

Bristol Uni Press

Domestic violence and health

The response of the medical profession

This book examines the relationship between health and domestic violence. In a qualitative study of the attitudes of health professionals and the women with whom they come into contact, it gives voice to a range of issues which urgently need to be addressed providing guidance for training and practice, as well as recommendations for policy makers.

Policy Press

Assessment in youth justice

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of assessment and intervention planning with young people who offend .

Policy Press

A deafening silence

Hidden violence against women and children

This book analyses male violence against women and children, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight.

Policy Press

Where next for criminal justice?

'Where next for criminal justice?' considers the criminal justice policies which should be adopted, how they should be formed, and the principles and values which should be used.

Policy Press

Case Studies of Famous Trials and the Construction of Guilt and Innocence

From the trials of Oscar Pistorius to O. J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, this innovative book provides a critical review of 11 high profile criminal cases. It delivers an accessible examination of the sociological and psychological processes underpinning the construction of guilt and innocence in criminal trials, the media and wider society.

Bristol Uni Press

Pathways to Recovery and Desistance

The Role of the Social Contagion of Hope

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Using case studies and a strengths-based approach Best puts forward a new recovery and reintegration model for substance users and offenders leaving prison which emphasizes the importance of long-term recovery and the role that communities and peers play in the process.

Policy Press

Philosophical Criminology

This accessible book is structured around six philosophical ideas concerning our relations with others: values, morality, aesthetics, order, rules and respect. Using examples from a range of countries, it provides a platform for engaging with important topical issues.

Policy Press

Reparations and Anti-Black Racism

A Criminological Exploration of the Harms of Slavery and Racialized Injustice

Police shootings and incarceration inequalities are two examples of the legacy of slavery in the US and UK. Offering a criminological exploration of the case for slavery and anti-black racism reparations in the context of enduring harms and differential treatment of black citizens, this book refutes the policy perspectives that oppose reparations.

Bristol Uni Press

Practical Psychology for Policing

This textbook investigates how psychological research can be applied to practical policing. It explores new ways psychological knowledge can be used in broad areas of policing and uniquely demonstrates its use in specific aspects of practical policing. Encouraging critical reflection, this book is essential reading for practitioners and students.

Policy Press

What Matters in Policing?

Change, Values and Leadership in Turbulent Times

This topical book compares the implications of restructuring in the UK and The Netherlands, also in the USA, regarding police systems, policing paradigms and research knowledge. The authors argue for developing confident leadership and also provide a comprehensive paradigm to chart policing in the future while retaining trust.

Policy Press