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The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Performance and Information team provide new and insight into existing research relating to the work of the PCC and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

University collaboration scheme

Policing, the Criminal Justice System, support and intervention services all move and adapt with the changing nature of crime. The Police and Crime Commissioner and the team are working closely with the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, local community safety partnerships and third sector providers to keep our communities safer. But how do we know we are making the right decisions when it comes to shaping and investing in services for victims, offenders and crime prevention, or influencing policies on how crimes are being dealt with?

One way we’re tackling this is by partnering up with local universities. Last year we piloted a collaboration with Winchester University, through which Masters students placed with us gained work experience and research opportunities while undertaking their final dissertation. Their areas of research met the complex needs of the OPCC, while providing the students with a unique placement opportunity that gave them access to the wider network of criminal justice practitioners in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

We are now working with students from Southampton, Solent, Winchester, and Portsmouth Universities. Students placed here at the OPCC are undertaking research for their Masters dissertations on a range of themes such as:

  • Domestic abuse: service provisions, police and schools initiatives, police perceptions and response to victims.
  • Effectiveness of risk assessment tools: domestic abuse and offender scoring
  • Stalking: traditional and online
  • Equality in the criminal justice system
  • Evaluation of rape cases in the justice system

We intend to share all dissertations once marked and verified. Take a look at the research already undertaken by Masters students placed here at the OPCC below.

For any questions into the research programme please contact us via the Contact Form ‘I have a question’, and ask to be put in touch with our Senior Researcher Natasha Fletcher.  Follow @HantsPCCInsight on Twitter for research updates.


iESE awards gold winner 2020

iESE Awards gold winner 2020

The Performance and Information team are proud to say they are gold winners of an iESE award in 2020.


Student Research

How do we successfully support female prison leavers to reintegrate them with their children and families?

Student: Mica Searles, Criminology MSc, Winchester University

This dissertation explores the impact of offending and re-offending on the children of female prison leavers, the extent to which female prison leavers are re-offending and the associated barriers to rehabilitation while also identifying the current support services in place to aid the rehabilitation of female prison leavers.

This dissertation is the research, views and the voice of the author.

By investigating the change in volume of trial receipts at a single Crown Court is it possible to draw robust conclusions as to why a change has occurred since 2015?

Student: Fiona Pink, Criminology MSc, Winchester University

This dissertation examines why the amount of trial receipts have decreased at Winchester Crown Court between January 2015 and January 2017. Through ascertaining trends in crime and through identifying what impact the Criminal Justice System and its agencies has on the reduction of trial receipts at Winchester Crown Court, a deep dive into factors which could account for the change in volume of trial receipts.

This dissertation is the research, views and the voice of the author.

The Voice of Children and Young victims: Methods of Gaining feedback of services

Student: Rosie Haskins, Criminology MSc, Winchester University

This dissertation takes a look at how practitioners working with children who are victims of crime, can begin to explore the voice of children and young victims. It is well recognised the challenges associated with gaining feedback from victims of crime, there is added complexity when working with children and young people. However, but by involving children and young people in research, and if done so in a supportive and understanding way it can actually help children explore their past traumas and regain confidence for their future.

This dissertation is the research, views and the voice of the author.

An exploration of restorative justice practices for domestic abuse victims in the United States of America and Canada with a series of recommendations on how these practices can aid the United Kingdom in implementing restorative justice for domestic abuse victims.

Student: Roksana Galuba, Criminology MSc, Winchester University

This dissertation reviews the restorative justice practices for domestic abuse victims in the United States of America and Canada with the view of exploring how these practices can be adapted and implemented here in Hampshire.

This dissertation is the research, views and the voice of the author.

Non-intimate domestic abuse in Hampshire

Hampshire Constabulary was the first police force in the country to be granted dispensation by the Director of Prosecution to use Conditional Cautions for cases of intimate partner domestic abuse. It has recently been confirmed that Hampshire’s exemption can extend to include non-intimate (family members) domestic abuse. This research is in focus of what new interventions could be formed for eligible offenders over the age of 18, however current literature on non-intimate domestic abuse primarily relates to under 18 years. This is also the case for current interventions which are also predominantly restricted to adolescents offending against their parents.