I completed my PhD at the University of Leicester examining the predictors of rape victim blaming including: rape myth acceptance belief in a just world and gender role beliefs. This PhD also compared the attitudes of specially trained Police officers (STOs) with non-specially trained Police officers to examine the influence of specialist sexual offence training in addressing these negative perceptions of rape victims. After working at Coventry University since 2011 I have recently joined the School of Criminology in 2020.
The majority of my work involves working with police forces in relation to sexual offences and intimate partner violence developing collaborative relationships across the United Kingdom. I continue to develop research that focusses on victim retraction and disengagement in cases of sexual and intimate partner violence. My current work is examining the impacts of Covid-19 on criminal justice journeys for survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for better Health (MESARCH)
I am currently leading a workstream on a £1.2 million pound funded project by the National Institute for Health Research. This project aims to evaluate the provision of sexual assault referral centres in England. mapping out the integration of services and the work of SARCs within the sexual violence sector.
JiCSAV: Justice in Covid-19 for Sexual Abuse and Violence
Impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on criminal justice journeys of adult and child survivors of sexual abuse rape and sexual assault.
I am currently leading the police element to this £200k funded project by the Economic and Research Council (as part of the UKRI Rapid Response to Covid-19). The project will draw on survivors’ and other criminal justice system stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences of (changes to) policies and practices in relation to sexual offences cases during the Covid-19 pandemic. From this knowledge we will aim to make recommendations for criminal justice policy and practice in England and Wales in relation to sexual offences in particular any innovations that may be of value post-pandemic.
(0) Hadfield, E., Sleath, E., Brown, S., & Holdsworth, E. (in press). A systematic review into the effectiveness of Integrated Offender Management (IOM). Criminology & Criminal Justice, doi: 10.1177/1748895820912295
Walker, K., Sleath, E., Hatcher, R.M., Hine, B., & Crookes, R.L. (published online). Non-consensual sharing of private sexually explicit media amongst university students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260519853414
Walker, K., Sleath, E., & Tramontano, C. (2021). The prevalence and typologies of controlling behaviours in a general population sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, 474-503. doi: 10.1177/0886260517731785
Sleath, E. (2019). Investigating and prosecuting rape: Victimsâ€™ and criminal justice professionalsâ€™ perspectives. In R. Bull and I. Blandon-Gitlin (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology. Routledge.
Sleath, E., & Brown, S. (2019). Staff and offender perspectives of Integrated Offender Management and the impact of its introduction on arrests and risk of reoffending in one police force region. Policing and Society, 29, 511-529. doi: 10.1080/10439463.2017.1410148
Walker, K., Bowen, E., Brown, S., & Sleath, E. (2018). The process of primary desistance from intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 24, 843-875. doi: 10.1177/1077801217722238
Sleath, E., Walker, K., & Tramontano, C. (2018). Factor structure and validation of the Controlling Behaviours Scale-Revised and Revised Conflict Tactics Scale. Journal of Family Issues, 39, 1880-1903. doi: 10.1177/0192513X17729721
Walker, K, and Sleath, E. (2017). A systematic review of the current knowledge regarding revenge pornography and non-consensual sharing of sexually explicit media. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 36, 9-24. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2017.06.010
Sleath, E., & Bull, R. (2017). A systematic review of police perceptions of rape victims and impact on case decision making. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 34, 102-112. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2017.02.003
Sleath, E., & Smith, L.L. (2017). Understanding the factors that predict victim retraction in police reported allegations of intimate partner violence. Psychology of Violence, 7, 140-149. doi: 10.1037/vio0000035
Sexual violence - victimisation.
Intimate partner violence - victimisation.
Police responses to victims of serious crime.
Image based sexual abuse (aka revenge pornography)