Louisa McMahon

School of Law

Research Student

Profile

I have been studying at the department since 2012, first completing my undergraduate in Social Policy and Criminology before studying for my masters degree in International Criminology. In 2016, I was awarded School of Law funding and began my PhD studies.

Qualifications
  • BA Social Policy and Criminology – The University of Sheffield (2012-2015)
  • MA International Criminology – The University of Sheffield (2015-2016)
Research interests

'It's a People Problem': An Exploration into Domestic Abuse in Male Same-Sex Relationships

Summary of research: My research aims to explore domestic abuse in male same-sex relationships. The majority of current domestic violence research is underpinned by feminist theories, driven by the second wave feminist movement of the 1970s and more recently by VAWG strategies. As a result, experiences that fall outside of this heteronormative binary are excluded from criminological discourse.

Using the theories of sexual identity formation, heteronormativity, homophobia, and masculinity, this research gives a voice to this doubly-stigmatised population who have previously been ignored and marginalised.

My research also recognises the importance of intersectionality within domestic abuse research, as multiple identity factors intersect and influence how men experience abuse in same-sex relationships. Finally, my research explores the help seeking behaviours of these men, the barriers that are in place to help seeking for LGBTQ+ victims, and the current services/response to this population.

Supervisors: Dr Maggie Wykes, Dr Layla Skinns and Dr Tara Lai Quinlan 

Research group

Centre for Criminological Research

Teaching activities

LAW 380 Gender Crime and Criminal Justice

Professional activities
  • Editorial Assistant to Joanna Shapland on the International Review of Victimology (2016 - present)
  • PGR Representative for the School of Law (2017 - 2018)
  • 'Call it Out' LGBT domestic abuse development project, steering board member (2019 - present)

Conferences:

  • White Rose Socio-Legal Conference, Sheffield 2017
  • European Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff 2017
  • European Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo 2019

Awards:

  • University of Sheffield School of Law Scholarship 2016
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Awarded in 2020

Publications:

McMahon, L. (2017) Researching Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence in the UK: A Discussion of the Methodological and Ethical Challenges. Sheffield Student Journal of Sociology. 1, (1). 96 - 119.

Publications
  • McMahon, L. (2017) Researching Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence in the UK: A Discussion of the Methodological and Ethical Challenges. Sheffield Student Journal of Sociology. 1, (1). 96 - 119.

Conferences Presented

  • White Rose Socio-Legal Conference, April 2017. ‘Hidden Victims: An Exploration of Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence’.
  • European Society of Criminology Conference, September 2017. 'Hidden Victims: An Exploration of Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence’.