Sexual violence in history: a contemporary heritage?
Shani D’Cruze first found herself researching the history of sexual violence when the 99 per cent male academic department where she was a junior researcher proposed a project on that topic. The department soon gave up the idea, but she went on eventually to publish a monograph, Crimes of Outrage: Sex, Violence and Victorian Working Women (UCL Press 1998). Most of her academic publications are on gender and the history of violence. After a career based in English universities she has run away to Greece where she combines academic research and writing with Cretan rural living. She is currently Honorary Reader in the Research Institute for Law, Politics and Justice at Keele University. Recent publications include: Murder: Social and Historical Approaches to Understanding Murder and Murderers (with Sandra Walklate and Samantha Pegg, Cullompton: Willan Publishing 2006) and Women, Crime and Justice since 1660 (with Louise Jackson, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2009).