Miss Rebecca Zerk

Miss Rebecca Zerk

Research Project Manager

Research Project Manager (Funding)

Department of Law & Criminology

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Rebecca is the research project manager for the Dewis Choice Initiative. Rebecca has a keen interest in the area of victimology, working on 10+ research projects relating to domestic abuse in Wales.  Adopting inclusive research methods, including co-production and participatory action research, Rebecca’s role involves capturing the voices of those who have previously been silenced to bring about positive change in research, policy and practice.

Rebecca was awarded a prize for the ‘victims’ module during her undergraduate degree and was awarded a PhD scholarship by the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice. Rebecca is currently completing her PhD in the area of older people and domestic abuse, looking specifically at help-seeking behaviours in later life. 

Rebecca previously taught a number of modules at undergraduate level including; research skills, victimology, elements of criminology and critical criminology. She worked in higher education teaching adult safeguarding to health and social care students in Crosskeys College.


Zerk, R, Freeman, E & Wydall, S 2023, 'Making the Invisible, Visible: ‘Do You See Me’ using co-production to make a short LGB film', Paper presented at European Conference on Domestic Violence 2023, Reykjavik, 11 Sept 2022 - 13 Sept 2023.
Wydall, S, Zerk, R & Freeman, E 2023, 'Making the invisible, visible: Older lesbian, gay and bisexual victim-survivors’ “lived experiences” of domestic abuse', Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 167-185. 10.1108/JAP-10-2022-0020
Zerk, R, Wydall, S, Freeman, E, Cowsill, D & Chapman, T 2023, 'The Dewis Choice Initiative: ‘Through an older survivor’s eyes’: Co-producing a working virtual reality prototype to improve the response to disclosure of domestic abuse and sexual violence', Paper presented at European Conference on Domestic Violence 2023, Reykjavik, 11 Sept 2022 - 13 Sept 2023.
Zerk, R 2023, 'Widening the lens of control: How perpetrators influence informal contacts during victims help-seeking journeys.', Paper presented at EuroCrim2023, Florence , Italy, 06 Oct 2022 - 09 Oct 2023.
Miles, H, Zerk, R, Wydall, S, Freeman, E, Jones, AL & Hancock, N 2022, '‘Through their eyes’: virtual experience as a help-seeker of domestic violence and abuse', Digital transformation: Wales Data Nation Accelerator (WDNA), 26 May 2022. <https://dna.wales/wp-content/uploads/WDNA-A1-Poster_Domestic-Violence_E.pdf>
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