Dr Rebecca Barnes

Senior Research Adviser in Qualitative and Social Research Methods

School/Department: Population Health Sciences, Department of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3215



I joined the Department of Population Health Sciences in November 2019, having previously been Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester. I am a social scientist with a background in both Sociology and Criminology. My role at the Research Design Service (RDS) East Midlands involves advising clients in relation to a broad range of health and social care research funding applications. I co-lead the RDS' national priority work in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion and I am our region's public health lead. I am also a member of the Department of Population Health Sciences' Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team.


My research expertise lies in the field of domestic violence and abuse, primarily in lesbian gay bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT+) populations and latterly in Christian communities. I also completed a mixed-methods study about improving the mental health outcomes of Nottingham’s LGBT+ population in 2020. My previous research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Nottingham Police and Crime Commissioner, NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and various charities.

In April 2022 I joined the University of Lincoln where I work one day a week, co-leading an NIHR-funded study which will co-develop and test the feasibility of a community pharmacy intervention for people experience domestic abuse or suicidal feelings.



Barnes, R. and Aune, K. (2021) 'Gender and domestic abuse victimisation among churchgoers in north west England: breaking the church's gendered silence', Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 5(2): 271-288.

Barnes, R., Gunby, C., Johnson, K. and Ayres, T. (2021) Improving the Mental Health Outcomes of Nottingham's LGBT+ Populations: final report. Leicester: University of Leicester. Available online at: 

Donovan C. and Barnes R. (2020) ‘Help-seeking among lesbian gay bisexual and/or transgender victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse: the impacts of cisgendered heteronormativity and invisibility’, Journal of Sociology, 54(4): 554-570.

Donovan C. and Barnes R. (2020) Queering Narratives of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Donovan C. and Barnes R. (2019) ‘Re-tangling coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers (2018)’ Criminology and Criminal Justice, 21(2): 242-257.

Donovan C. and Barnes R. (2019) ‘Making sense of discourses of sameness and difference in agency responses to LGB and/or T abusive partners’, Sexualities, 22(5/6): 785-802.

Donovan C. and Barnes R. (2018) ‘Becoming 'ideal' or falling short?: the legitimacy of lesbian gay bisexual and/or transgender victims of domestic violence and hate crime' in Duggan M. (ed.) Revisiting the ‘Ideal Victim’ Concept. Bristol: Policy Press.

Barnes R. and Donovan C. (2018) ‘Domestic violence in lesbian gay bisexual and/or transgender relationships’ in Lombard N. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence. London: Routledge.

Barnes R. (2013) ‘“I’m over it”: survivor narratives after woman-to-woman partner abuse’ Partner Abuse, 4(3): 380-398

Barnes R. (2011) ‘‘Suffering in a silent vacuum’: woman-to-woman partner abuse as a challenge to the lesbian feminist vision', Feminism & Psychology, 21(2): 233-239


Press and media

Domestic violence in LGBTQ+ people's relationships; domestic violence and the Church


Member of the British Sociological Association


Invited member of the Scientific Committee for the II European Domestic Violence Conference Portugal September 2017, III European Domestic Violence Conference, Oslo September 2019, and IV European Domestic Violence Conference, Slovenia, September 2021.

Winner (with Dr Clare Gunby) of University of Leicester 2017 Images of Research Competition (College Prize and Overall Staff Prize)

Media coverage

Guest preacher at All Saints’ Church High Wycombe - church responses to domestic abuse, 10th March 2019

Guest preacher at Leicester Cathedral - church responses to domestic abuse, 22nd April 2018

BBC Radio Leicester interview - domestic abuse and the church, 22nd April 2018 


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) awarded 2009.

PhD 'Woman-to-Woman Partner Abuse: A Qualitative Analysis'. University of Nottingham 2007.

MA in Research Methods in Sociology University of Nottingham 2003.

BA (Hons) Sociology with Applied Studies University of Derby 2002.

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