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Dr Kelly Johnson

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SIPR Academic Member
Public Protection Network
Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research - University of Glasgow

My areas of research include domestic and sexual violence, policing, and feminist sociolegal studies. I have particular research expertise in the policing of domestic and sexual violence, victims, criminal and procedural justice, emerging forms of abuse such as cyberflashing and image-based sexual abuse, and feminist theory. My work to date has involved a range of qualitative and mixed-method studies, including police ethnography, data and case file analysis, and working closely with victims of abuse, for example via interviews or expert by experience panel consultations.

As a researcher, I am passionate about academic research being used to generate impact, collaboration, and positive social change. To this effect, my research has achieved significant policy, practice and engagement impact to date. I have collaborated and consulted extensively with statutory organisations such as the Home Office, the College of Policing, the National Police Chiefs Council, the Law Commission (E&W), and several police forces, as well as with technology companies including Facebook and IBM, to advance research and innovation in responses to violence and abuse. Outside of the academy, I have worked with several third-sector domestic and sexual violence organisations, including Rape Crisis and Scottish Women’s Aid centres as a volunteer.


Johnson, K. and Hohl, K. (2023) Police responses to domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: positive action and police legitimacy. Policing, 17(1), (doi: 10.1093/police/paac108) (Early Online Publication)

Walling-Wefelmeyer, R.Johnson, K.Westmarland, N.Dhir, A. and Lyons Sumroy, A. (2023) Teaching for social change: introducing ‘scrapbooking’ as a pedagogic approach towards ending gender-based violence. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 7(1), pp. 128-145. (doi: 10.1332/239868021X16661126604534)

Myhill, A.Johnson, K.McNeill, A.Critchfield, E. and Westmarland, N. (2022) `A genuine one usually sticks out a mile': policing coercive control in England and Wales. Policing and Society(doi: 10.1080/10439463.2022.2134370) (Early Online Publication)

Henry, N.Gavey, N. and Johnson, K. (2022) Image-based sexual abuse as a means of coercive control: victim-survivor experiences. Violence Against Women(doi: 10.1177/10778012221114918) (PMID:35989679) (Early Online Publication)

Hohl, K.Johnson, K. and Molisso, S. (2022) A procedural justice theory approach to police engagement with victim-survivors of rape and sexual assault: initial findings of the ‘project bluestone’ pilot study. International Criminology, 2, pp. 253-261. (doi: 10.1007/s43576-022-00056-z) (PMCID:PMC9066388)

Rackley, E.McGlynn, C.Johnson, K.Henry, N.Gavey, N.Flynn, A. and Powell, A. (2021) Seeking justice and redress for victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse. Feminist Legal Studies, 29, pp. 293-322. (doi: 10.1007/s10691-021-09460-8)

Barlow, C.Walklate, S. and Johnson, K. (2021) Risk refraction: Thoughts on the victim-survivor's risk journey through the criminal justice process. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(3), pp. 177-190. (doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.1805)

McGlynn, C.Johnson, K.Rackley, E.Henry, N.Gavey, N.Flynn, A. and Powell, A. (2021) `It's torture for the soul': The harms of image-based sexual abuse. Social and Legal Studies, 30(4), pp. 541-562. (doi: 10.1177/0964663920947791)

McGlynn, C. and Johnson, K. (2021) Criminalising cyberflashing: Options for law reform. Journal of Criminal Law, 85(3), pp. 171-188. (doi: 10.1177/0022018320972306)

Barlow, C.Johnson, K.Walklate, S. and Humphreys, L. (2020) Putting coercive control into practice: problems and possibilities. British Journal of Criminology, 60(1), pp. 160-179. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azz041)

Westmarland, N.Johnson, K. and McGlynn, C. (2018) Under the radar: The widespread use of `out of court resolutions' in policing domestic violence and abuse in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Criminology, 58(1), pp. 1-16. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azx004)

Myhill, A. and Johnson, K. (2016) Police use of discretion in response to domestic violence. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16(1), pp. 3-20. (doi: 10.1177/1748895815590202)

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