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


Domestic abuse and older people: Factors influencing help-seekingWydall, S. & Zerk, R. 2017 In : Journal of Adult Protection.19, 5, p. 247-26014 p.
Access to Justice for Victims/Survivors of Elder Abuse: A Qualitative StudyClarke, A., Williams, J. & Wydall, S. 2016 In : Social Policy and Society.15, 2, p. 207-22014 p.
A safe space? Creating opportunities for domestic violence victims to remain in the family home.Clarke, A. & Wydall, S. 2015 In : Criminal Justice Matters.99, 1, p. 20-21
Clarke, A., Williams, J, Wydall, S. (2015) ‘Access to justice for victims of elder abuse’ Social Policy & Society Cambridge Journal (first view) pp.1-14Wydall, S., Williams, J. & Clarke, A. 2015 In : Social Policy and Society.p. 114 p.
Wydall, S., Boaler, R. (2015) ‘Crimes against & Abuse of Older People in Wales' commissioned by the Older People's CommissionerWydall, S. & Zerk, R. 2015 Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. 91 p.
More publications on the Research Portal