Ms Sarah Wydall BA (Hons) MMU; M.Sc. Surrey; PGCTHE(Distinction); FHEA

Ms Sarah Wydall

Senior Lecturer

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I am currently undertaking research on the Choice/Dewis project. The research involves using participatory action research & ethnographic processes to examine justice mechanisms in the context of elder abuse.

Recent publications relating to elder abuse & violence have been published in Social Policy & Society 2016, Elder Law Review 2013. In 2015, a Pan-Wales study Crimes against & Abuse of Older People in Wales was published. The Office of the Older People's Commissioner who funded the study are committed to ensuring the findings influence future policy & practice by tasking a series of actions with key stakeholders across Wales in 2016.

Research plans

I am co-investigator, alongside colleagues on a £890,000 Big Lottery funded grant examining Elder Abuse & Justice.

The other research project involves a longitudinal study of the Making Safe scheme. Making Safe is a holistic intervention which supports victims & their children whilst rehousing domestic abuse perpetrators.

Partnership working: I've recently completed a consultation on domestic violence. The work examined the relationship between emotional abuse, disclosure & safety in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police Crime Commissioner & Regional Domestic Abuse Co-ordinators.

I am currently analysing data relating to Domestic Homicide Reviews to develop a training package for North Yorkshire Police.

Externally Funded Research

In the last 3 years, I have been awarded a total of £979.500 external funding from bodies such as the Big Lottery, Ministry Of Justice, the Office for the Older People's Commissioner, Welsh Government, OPAN & Local Authorities.

I have also collaborated with colleagues from Aberystwyth, Cardiff & Surrey University on five UK projects generating funding up to 200K. These projects have focussed on Anti-Social Behaviour in Adults; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programmes in Prisons; & Domestic Abuse Perpetrator programmes.



Wydall, S., Zerk, R. 2017. Domestic abuse and older people: Factors influencing help-seeking. Journal of Adult Protection 19 (5) Coercive Control and Older People. pp. 247-260. 10.1108/JAP-03-2017-0010


Clarke, A., Williams, J., Wydall, S. 2016. Access to Justice for Victims/Survivors of Elder Abuse: A Qualitative Study. Social Policy and Society 15 (2) pp. 207-220. 10.1017/S1474746415000202 Cadair


Clarke, A., Wydall, S. 2015. A safe space? Creating opportunities for domestic violence victims to remain in the family home. Criminal Justice Matters 99 (1) pp. 20-21. 10.1080/09627251.2015.1026566 Cadair

Wydall, S., Williams, J., Clarke, A. 2015. Clarke, A., Williams, J, Wydall, S. (2015) ‘Access to justice for victims of elder abuse’ Social Policy & Society Cambridge Journal (first view) pp.1-14. Social Policy and Society pp. 1. Cadair

Wydall, S., Zerk, R. 2015. Wydall, S., Boaler, R. (2015) ‘Crimes against & Abuse of Older People in Wales' commissioned by the Older People's Commissioner. Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Cadair


Wydall, S. 2014. Access to Justice and Elder Abuse. Welsh Women's Aid AGM. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2014. ‘Pity oppresses’: Victim-centred rhetoric and diminishing opportunities for emancipatory research in practice. Transformative Feminist Methods ESRC Conference. Other Cadair

Boaler, R.R., Wydall, S. 2014. Domestic Abuse –Enabling Disclosure: Increasing confidence in crime reporting, in particular amongst vulnerable and priority groups across Dyfed Powys force area. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Cadair


Wydall, S. 2013. “Cultural Iatrogenesis” in Health and Social Care Decision-Making in Cases of Elder Abuse. International Academy of Law and Mental Health Annual Conference. Cadair

Clarke, A., Wydall, S. 2013. From 'Rights to Action': practitioners' perceptions of the needs of children experiencing domestic violence. Child and Family Social Work 10.1111/cfs.12066 Cadair

Clarke, A., Wydall, S. 2013. Making Safe: A coordinated community response to empowering victims and tackling perpetrators of domestic violence. Social Policy and Society 12 (3) pp. 393-406. 10.1017/S147474641200070X Cadair

Williams, J., Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2013. Protecting older victims of abuse who lack capacity: the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate. Elder Law Journal 3 (2) pp. 167-174. Cadair


Clarke, A.H., Wydall, S., Williams, J.R., Boaler, R.R. 2012. An Evaluation of the ‘Access to Justice’ Pilot Project. Welsh Government Other Cadair

Wydall, S., Boaler, R.R. 2012. Dyfed Powys Profiling Study. Report of findings to Senior Police, Regional leads: Adult Protection and Domestic Violence. Cadair


Wydall, S. 2011. The Making Safe Scheme: methodological challenges when working with 'vulnerable' groups. 16th World Congress of the International Society of Criminology. Cadair

Clarke, A.H., Williams, K.S., Wydall, S.M., Gray, P., Liddle, M., Smith, A. 2011. Describing and Assessing Interventions to address Anti-Social Behaviour: Key findings from a study of ASB practice. Home Office Research Report Home Office Other Cadair

Wydall, S. 2011. Developing interventions for perpetrators of domestic abuse. Behind Closed Doors: National Domestic Abuse Conference. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2011. How practitioners perceive and respond to the needs of children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Regional Safeguarding Conference. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2011. Making Safe – Trials, Tribulations and Methodological Issues. Annual Surrey University Conference for Social Research . Cadair


Clarke, A., Wydall, S., Williams, K.S. 2010. A qualitative study of the perceived comparative effectiveness of interventions to address anti-social behaviour. Home Office Cadair

Wydall, S. 2010. Risk assessments and safety management - a shift in theory and practice? Regional Domestic Abuse Forum (Dyfed Powys). Cadair

Clarke, A.H., Wydall, S.M. 2010. An evaluation of multi-agency working with children and young people who are experiencing the effects of domestic abuse in the Communities First area of Penparcau and Aberystwyth West. Welsh Government Other Cadair


Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2009. Making Safe - Preliminary findings and methodological challenges. 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2009. School Inclusion: From Ideology to Practice. 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Cadair

Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2009. Contextualizing domestic abuse – meanings of justice. 2009 Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Annual Conference. Cadair

Clarke, A., Wydall, S., Williams, K.S. 2009. School Inclusion and Exclusion: A Scoping Exercise. Reducing Crime, Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour: Hotspotting Workshop organised by Dyfed Powys Criminal Justice Board and the Home Office July 2008. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2009. Towards more inclusive practices for vulnerable children and young people. Respect annual conference. Cadair


Clarke, A., Williams, K.S., Wydall, S. 2008. An Evaluation of the Introduction of a Youth Inclusion Programme in Rural Wales. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2008. Ideology in practice: Multi-agency responses to school exclusion. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference. Cadair

Wydall, S. 2008. Is there a relationship between school exclusion and onward offending behaviour? Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership. Cadair


Williams, K., Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2007. Nothing Works! – Examining restorative justice conferencing responses to violent crime. Annual conference of the British Society of Criminology. Cadair


Clarke, A., Simmonds, R., Wydall, S. 2005. Delivering cognitive skills programmes in prisons. 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Cadair


Clarke, A., Simmonds, R., Wydall, S. 2004. Delivering cognitive skills programmes in Prison: a qualitative study. Home Office Other Cadair Other