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Those left behind: An exploratory study into the long-term effects and support for co-victims of homicide SSS11

  • School: School of Social Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: SSS11

Research on “secondary victims” or co-victims of homicide has received very little attention to date. This group is made up of individuals known to the victim either by a familial or non-familial link. Given co-victims indirect victimisation, the current estimates of intimate partner abuse and the risk of homicide in these relationships, this type of victimisation is likely to affect one in four families. As such, more research needs to be conducted on the support available to co-victims.

This studentship will consider the long-term effects of losing a loved one to homicide. It will also examine the support available to family and friends and how this support changes over time. This project will have a particular focus on intimate partner homicide. It is envisaged the PhD candidate will use qualitative methodologies to explore this issue and that the candidate may work with an external partner as a part of this project (we have established links with a number of organisations).

School strategic research priority

This project aligns with the Centre for Crime, Offending, Prevention and Engagement (COPE) and, within that, the Critical Criminology and Social Justice Research group. In terms of the School research priorities, this project has synergies with Safety and Security of Citizens and Society theme and the Health and Wellbeing theme.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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