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Gendered landscapes of safety: how women construct and navigate the urban landscape to avoid sexual violence

Roberts, N. and Donovan, C. and Durey, M. (2022) 'Gendered landscapes of safety: how women construct and navigate the urban landscape to avoid sexual violence.', Criminology and criminal justice., 22 (2). pp. 287-303.

Abstract

This article presents findings from an online survey gathering quantitative and qualitative data from men and women students at a university in the north of England in 2016. The survey explored their perceptions of safety and experiences of interpersonal violence during their time as a student, both on and off campus. We show how women were more likely to report sexual violence compared to men. We also show how women students, compared to men, were less likely to say they never felt unsafe as they moved away from the university into the city, and as they moved from day into night. We illustrate how interconnecting factors construct women’s perceptions of safety, and subsequently, how locations perceived as unsafe ‘hotspots’, become physical barriers impeding women’s access to public and educational spaces. Consequently, we outline measures to enhance women’s safety whilst at university.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895820963208
Publisher statement:Roberts, N., Donovan, C. & Durey, M., Gendered landscapes of safety: How women construct and navigate the urban landscape to avoid sexual violence, Criminology and Criminal Justice (22:2) pp. 287-303. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/1748895820963208
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:17 September 2020
Date of first online publication:08 October 2020
Date first made open access:08 October 2020

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