Research Area: Law, policy and regulation in understanding the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Currently a Senior Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, holding this post since January 2014. I am course leader of the MA and LL.M in Applied Human Rights taught in my Department. Within the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University, I am an active researcher in the Socio-Legal Studies Cluster, the Human Rights and Social Justice Cluster and the Criminal Justice Institutions Cluster. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer in Law in the School of Law & Criminology at the University of Derby (with various roles from September 2007 until January 2014). Additionally, I was Programme Leader for full-time LL.B awards at the University of Derby from August 2012 to January 2014. I was also an active Researcher in the Law in Society Research Group at the University of Derby from January 2010 to January 2014.
Scope of Research
My thesis is a legal and theoretical study of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS, or 'the Scheme'). First introduced and piloted by the Coalition Government in four police force areas in 2012-13; the Scheme has been operated as a national policy across England and Wales from March 2014. The DVDS is a particular policy response to the social and criminological problem of serial domestic violence perpetrators. The premise of the Scheme is that if a person were to be informed about the violent past of their intimate partner, they would take steps to prevent themselves from being the next victim in a chain of those abused by that partner. But the Scheme relies on the disclosure of information to individuals from police records. Therefore, this public protection measure requires an interference with the private life of the (past and potential) perpetrator concerned. The legal basis of the Scheme rests upon the common law duty of the police to act to protect the public. Disclosures under the Scheme must be made on the basis of a 'pressing need' for those disclosures; and should only be made in a manner that is lawful and proportionate as well as necessary.
Research Areas of Interest
- Administrative law
- Constitutional law
- Human rights
- Domestic violence policy
- Criminal records policy
Sheffield University Police Research Group
Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (Sheffield Hallam University)
J. Grace and Oswald, M. '"Being on our radar does not necessarily mean being under our microscope": The Regulation and Retention of Police Intelligence', (2016) 22(1) European Journal of Current Legal Issues (online)
J. Grace 'The nature of spent convictions and the common law basis of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme: Limiting the effectiveness of Clare's Law?', (2015) 21(2) European Journal of Current Legal Issues (online)
J. Grace, (2015) 'Better information sharing, or 'share or be damned'?', The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 17 Iss. 5, Online
J. Grace, 'Clare's Law, or the national Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme: The contested legalities of criminality information sharing', Journal of Criminal Law (2015) 79(1) 36-45
J. Grace, 'The surveillance of 'risky subjects': adiaphorisation through criminal records, and contested narratives of stigma', (2014) 2(2) Birkbeck Law Review, 279-292
J. Grace, ‘Old convictions never die, they just fade away: The permanency of convictions and cautions for criminal offences in the UK', Journal of Criminal Law (2014), 78(2), 122-136
J. Grace, ‘The Information Governance Review and the new legal framework for informatics’, British Journal of Healthcare Management (2014) 20(1), 40 – 44
J. Grace, ‘Privacy, stigma and public protection: A socio-legal analysis of criminality information practices in the UK’, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 41 (2013) 303-321
J. Grace, ‘A broad discretion to share patient information for public protection purposes: Statutory powers of the NHS Commissioning Board’, Journal of Medical Law and Ethics; (2013) 1(1), 77-83.
J. Grace & M. Taylor, ‘Disclosure of confidential patient information and the duty to consult: The role of the Health and Social Care Information Centre’, Medical Law Review (2013) 21(3), 415-447
J. Grace, ‘"Too well-travelled", not well-formed? The reform of ‘criminality information sharing’ in England and Wales’, Police Journal (2013) 86(1) 29-52
J. Grace, 'Privacy as personal resistance: Exploring legal narratology and the need for a legal architecture for personal privacy rights', the crit, 2011 Vol. 4 Issue 1 32
J. Grace, 'The legalities and politics of health informatics', British Journal of Healthcare Management, Vol. 17. Iss. 3 (March 2011) Supp, 12-17.