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Discussion: Crime and safety at UK music festivals: emerging findings

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West End Women & Girls Centre

173 Elswick Road

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RCTN are holding a discussion with speaker & researcher Hannah Bows (see bio below) on Crime and safety at UK music festivals.

This paper will present the emerging findings from an ongoing study examining crime and safety at UK music festivals. Drawing on a survey of 487 festival attendees in 2017-18, this paper challenges the dominant cultural constructions of festival sites, which the results suggest are actually generally safer than comparable public spaces. However, the findings reveal feelings of safety and experiences of crime are gendered, with women reporting feeling less safe than men and experiencing higher rates of sexual harassment and sexual violence than men. Implications for future research, policy and practice are considered.

Thursday March 28th at 3pm - 5pm - Tea & Coffee provided - Look forward to seeing people there!

Bio: Hannah Bows is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at Durham Law School, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) and Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Her research interests are broadly located within the areas of violence against women, gender and crime, victimology and feminist socio-legal theories. Over the last six years her work has mainly focused on violence crime against older people in the UK which has included projects examining domestic violence, sexual violence and, more recently, homicide. She is currently the PI on a British Academy funded project examining sexual violence and harassment at UK music festivals. Outside of academia, Hannah is the Chair of Age UK Teesside and sits as a magistrate on the County Durham and Darlington bench. She is also the incoming Chair of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Victims Network. You can follow her on twitter @Hannah_Bows


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