DR JANE MONCKTON SMITH
Dr Jane Monckton Smith is an internationally recognised Forensic Criminologist and prize winning author specializing in homicide, coercive control, stalking and criminal investigation. Her wider body of work is acknowledged as having societal impact and influence, and is described as outstanding and innovative.
She is currently working at the University of Gloucestershire as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and lectures in Public Protection, Homicide, Criminal Investigation and Crime Scene Processing at both UG and PG level.
In addition to academic work she maintains a wide portfolio of professional and case work. This includes Chairing statutory Domestic Homicide Reviews, advising panels and investigations on complex and high profile murders, advising and training professionals in threat and risk assessment, and working with organisations like the police, and the National Probation Service in developing policy and practice. She also helps families bereaved through homicide with various criminal justice processes, through her work with charitable organisations.
She developed and produced the DART app which is a resource for anyone working with, or affected by, domestic abuse or homicide. This app is available at no charge to professionals or victims. Her latest work which tracks the journey to intimate partner homicide (the homicide timeline) is having a significant influence on policy and practice in areas of investigation and risk assessment of stalking, coercive control and domestic homicide.
Sue is a PhD Candidate at the University of Gloucestershire and is researching women’s safety and the voice of victims in Domestic Homicide Reviews. Sue has a close connection with the University of Gloucestershire as she gained her First Class Honours degree in Women’s Studies and Education Studies there. Sue works closely with Dr Jane Monckton Smith on research projects, Domestic Homicide Reviews and as a supervisor for the Homicide Research Group. Sue is a registered Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate (DAPA) and a qualified trainer.
Sue has worked and volunteered in the domestic violence sector for over thirty years and has an in-depth knowledge of domestic abuse, coercive control and stalking. She has worked for local and national organisations, including Gloucestershire Health Authority as a Senior Manager for the Families and Children’s Service, Women’s Aid, as the National Helpline Manager, Gloucestershire Domestic Violence Support and Advocacy Project, (GDVSAP), as a trainer. Sue currently works for Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) as a family support worker. She is fully trained as an independent chair for Domestic Homicide Reviews, (DHRs) and also has expert knowledge and understanding of Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), Serious Adult Reviews,(SARs), Drug Related Death Reviews,(DRDRs), Mental Health Reviews, (MHRs), Joint Reviews and Inquests.
Sue has held many voluntary positions over the years and is currently the Chair of Trustees for Protection Against Stalking, (PAS) and the Lay Advisor for the Gloucestershire MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements) Senior Management Board. She also volunteers at a local women’s prison supporting offenders through art therapy.
Karolina is a Masters student at the University of Gloucestershire and her interest in Criminology began in Poland at 19, when she shadowed a lawyer whose focus was on criminal cases. He inspired her to take her interest further and study European Criminal law.
Karolina gained her BSc Criminology and now she is focusing on her Masters degree in Criminology.
Karolina joined, and now runs, the Homicide Research Group. The group conduct research and are involved in other activities, for example They aid in promoting events to do with their research, book launches, working alongside police and charities that focus on domestic abuse and homicide.
Most recently the group worked particularly hard, alongside Dr Jane Monckton Smith to launch an app for the DART project. It is a tool that can be used by a variety of organisations involved with domestic abuse, Coercive Control and stalking. The group were asked to trial the app and give feedback, so that any issues could be worked on before its launch.
Some of the most beneficial work Karolina has done is assisting Dr Monckton Smith when interviewing families of the victims of Domestic Homicide. It is here, she feels, she has gained the most experience and education to be able to benefit others in her future career.
One of Karolina’s most recent, as well as, biggest achievements has been working on a paper ‘Exploring the Relationship between Stalking and Homicide’ that has been published this year.