Ms Sarah Wydall

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

Ms Sarah Wydall

Senior Lecturer

Department of Law & Criminology

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I am Associate Dean for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation for the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Science

The role involves promoting a research culture and enhancing research quality, impact and innovation for the Faculty as well as increasing external engagement of the Faculty.     


My teaching areas cover victimology, justice mechanisms, the penal system and criminological research methods


I am Principal Investigator on a  UK- wide study  £453,624 Accelerating Ideas grant commencing in August 2019 Dewis Choice  Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse in Later Life. The research from 2015 -ongoing is the first longitudinal study examining the help seeking experiences of older people. The findings produced the first practitioner guidance dedicated to domestic abuse on older people, two LGBTQ films and bite-size online training .The Initiative also provides a bespoke service for older people experiencing domestic abuse in Wales. The service was co-produced by older people in 2015 and provides training, support that integrates justice and well-being. . Prior to this I was Joint PI on Big Innovation award worth £1.3M Dewis Choice 'Building justice options with older people experiencing abuse' ( 2015-2019)  The Initiative was co-produced by older people to develop new models of justice when responding to harm, including domestic abuse by intimate partners or family members. 

 I am also Principal Investigator on three other research studies :  A research study examining social 'embeddedness' and legal guidance  where domestic abuse and dementia co-exist  commencing in April 2020 ( Award £78, 686.)     A Pan Wales study examining  Care Homes and the Safeguarding-Related Abuse of Older People in Wales ( July 2019-ongoing)  commissioned by Office for the Older People's Commissioner Award: £20,779 and a Study in Malaysia funding by CIDRA creating co-produced responses to  inter-generational violence and harm within Malaysian Indian Communities   

I was PI on eight other studies on gendered harms which include a  research study examining the Co-existence of Domestic Abuse and Dementia funded by Comic Relief (April 2019-March 2020)  Award : £92, 265, a Pan Wales study on Domestic Abuse, Hate Crime and Older People (funded by the OPC), a study examining Responses to Children and Young people experiencing Domestic Abuse, research evaluating the Making Safe Programme - an initiative that rehouses domestic abuse perpetrators and a qualitative study examining feminist praxis in developing grassroots responses to domestic abuse .  I have also collaborated with colleagues from Aberystwyth, Cardiff & Surrey University on five UK projects  These projects have focused on Domestic Homicide,  a UK-wide study on Anti-Social Behaviour in Adults; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programmes in Prisons; & Domestic Abuse Perpetrator programmes. 


Wydall, S, Freeman, E & Zerk, R 2020, Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse in Later life: Practitioner Guidance. 2 edn, Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press, Llandysul.
Wydall, S & Zerk, R 2020, '“Listen to me, his behaviour is erratic and I’m really worried for our safety…”: Help-seeking in the context of coercive control', Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Wydall, S, Clarke, A, Williams, J & Zerk, R 2019, Dewis Choice: A Welsh Initiative promoting justice for older victim-survivors of domestic abuse. in H Bows (ed.), Violence Against Older Women : Responses. 1 edn, vol. 2, Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology, Springer Nature, pp. 13-36.
Wydall, S & Freeman, E 2019, Older People and Domestic Violence and Abuse. in J McGarry & P Ali (eds), Domestic Violence in Health Contexts: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Springer Nature, Switzerland.
Wydall, S, Clarke, A, Williams, J & Zerk, R 2018, 'Domestic Abuse and Elder Abuse in Wales: A Tale of Two Initiatives', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 962–981.
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