Dr Helen Baker


Dr Helen Baker has been a member of the academic staff at Edge Hill University since September 2010. She graduated from the University of Lancaster with an LLB Honours in Law in 1997 before completing a PhD in Law and Women’s Studies, funded by the ESRC, an empirical and theoretical study on women’s experiences of domestic violence. She has worked at Blackburn College, The University of Lancaster and The University of Liverpool in the past. In 2003, she was a co-researcher on a Save the Children project on children’s experiences of domestic violence service provision, together with Dr. Helen Stalford and Professor Fiona Beveridge. The project began a particular interest in the needs of children and young people in relation to domestic violence laws and service provision; an area in which she has researched ever since. Her recent research work has focused on the needs of teenage boys in relation to domestic violence, and how they are constructed in relation to parent abuse or child-to-parent violence. Her current work examines the issue of parent abuse from wider structural perspectives. She is an active member of The SLSA (Socio-Legal Studies Association), SLS (Society of Legal Scholars) and BSC (The British Society for Criminology) and PARN (The Parent Abuse Research Network); a group of academics and practitioners working in this area of research. Helen has been invited to speak at many practitioner conferences as a result of her specialist knowledge including for regional and national Children’s Services, Safeguarding Children Initiatives and Safer Communities Partnerships. Helen has also been an external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate research degrees in the past at St. Helen’s College, Liverpool John Moores University and Aberystwyth University respectively. Helen is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • LLB (Hons), University of Lancaster, 1997
  • PhD (Law and Women’s Studies) – ‘Resisting and Revisiting Men’s Violences to Women: Discourses of Shame and the Effects of Self-Regulatory Practices’, University of Lancaster, 2003
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, 2009


  • CRI1122 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
  • CRI1123 Histories of Crime, Policing and Punishment
  • CRI1125 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
  • CRI2027 Crime, Law and Society
  • CRI3020 Dissertation

Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice and Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • The rights and needs of children and young people, particularly teenage boys in relation to domestic violence
  • Parent Abuse or Child-to-Parent Violence
  • Youth Justice


  • Baker, H. (2019) ‘State-Corporate Facilitated Harms of the Pharmaceutical Industry: A Gendered Perspective’, Justice, Power and Resistance: The Journal of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Volume 3(1): Neoliberalism and Harm Production, Guest Editors: Daniel Mitchell, Christina Pantazis and Simon Pemberton, pp.89-114.
  • Baker, H. (2014), ‘Loss of Control’ and ‘Insanity Defence’, in Taylor, P., Corteen, K. & Morley, S. (eds) (2014) A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk, Bristol, UK: Policy Press.
  • Baker, H., (2013), ‘The Significance of Shame in the Lives of Women who Experience Male Violence’, The Liverpool Law Review, Vol. 34, pp. 145-171.
  • Baker, H. (2012), ‘Problematising the Relationship between Parent Abuse and Teenage Boys: Constructions of Masculinity and Violence’, Social Policy and Society, Vol. 11(2), pp.265-276.
  • Baker, H. (2012), ‘Exploring How Teenage Boys Are Constructed in Relation to Parent Abuse’, Criminal Justice Matters, Vol. 87(1), pp.48-49.
  • Baker, H., ‘’Potentially Violent Men?’ Teenage Boys, Access to Refuges and Constructions of Men, Masculinity and Violence’ (2009) The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, December, Vol. 31(4), pp. 435-450.
  • Ruxton, S. & Baker, H., ‘Editorial: Father’s Rights, Fatherhood and Masculinity/ies’ (2009) The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 351-55.
  • Baker, H., ‘Constructing Women who Experience Male Violence: Criminal Legal Discourse and Individual Experiences’ (2008) The Liverpool Law Review, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 123-42.
  • Carline, A. & Baker, H., ‘Socio-Legal Studies in Liverpool Law Schools: Introduction’ (2008) The Liverpool Law Review, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 117-121.
  • Baker, H., ‘Involving Children and Young People in Research on Domestic Violence and Housing’ (2005) The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Vol. 27, Nos 3-4, pp. 281-298.
  • Baker, H. & Stalford, H., ‘Children and Domestic Violence: Evaluating Service Provision in Rural Areas’ (2004) Childright, Vol. 203, Issue January/February, pp. 8-12.
  • Morris, A. & Baker, H., ‘Editorial: Constitutionalising Equality’ (2005) International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 2, pp. 1-6.
  • Stalford, H., Baker, H. & Beveridge, F. (2003), ‘Children and Domestic Violence in Rural Areas: A Child-Focused Assessment of Service Provision’, A Save the Children UK Programme Report.
  • Baker, H. (2003), ‘Revisiting and Resisting Men’s Violences to Women: Shame and Self-Regulatory Practices’, PhD thesis, University of Lancaster.
  • Baker, H., ‘Speculating on the Exclusion of the Feminine’ (2002) Journal of Law and Critique, Vol. 13:51-74.
  • Baker, H., ‘Understanding Domestic Homicide by Neil Websdale’ (2001) The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 41, no 1.

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