Karen Harrison

Dr Karen Harrison

Senior Lecturer/ Subject Group Head - Law

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • School of Law and Politics

Summary

Karen Harrison has a keen interest in all areas of penology and criminal justice, but particularly in penal policy and practice. She has written extensively on the legal and ethical implications of risk reduction and management strategies with high risk sex offenders and has recently completed an empirical project looking at why British South Asian women fail to report sexual abuse. Her research is read by practitioners, policymakers and academics.

Journal Article

“I am talking about it because I want to stop it”: child sexual abuse and sexual violence against women in British South Asian communities

Gill, A. K., & Harrison, K. (2019). “I am talking about it because I want to stop it”: child sexual abuse and sexual violence against women in British South Asian communities. The British journal of criminology, 59(3), 511–529. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy059

Ethnic origin of the victim as an aggravating factor in sentencing sexual offenders

Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2017). Ethnic origin of the victim as an aggravating factor in sentencing sexual offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 23(3), 300-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2016.1267271

Breaking down barriers: Recommendations for improving sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities

Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2018). Breaking down barriers: Recommendations for improving sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities. The British journal of criminology, 58(2), 273-290. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx027

Policing the culture of silence: strategies to increase the reporting of sexual abuse in British South Asian communities

Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2019). Policing the culture of silence: strategies to increase the reporting of sexual abuse in British South Asian communities. Policing and Society, 29(3), 302-317. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2017.1405958

Pharmacological treatment of patients with paraphilic disorders and risk of sexual offending: an international perspective

Turner, D., Petermann, J., Harrison, K., Krueger, R., & Briken, P. (2017). Pharmacological treatment of patients with paraphilic disorders and risk of sexual offending: an international perspective. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/15622975.2017.1395069

Postgraduate supervision

Karen would be interested in supervising research students on topics relating to prison, sex offenders, dangerous offenders, community penalties, young offenders and other aspects of sentencing. Current PhD supervisions - Darren Woodward, looking at the re-integrative and desistance experiences of convicted sex offenders - Enamul Hoque, looking at youth justice in Bangladesh