Ms Di Turgoose

Job: Associate Professor and DMU Teacher Fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: Community and Criminal Justice Division, Heritage House, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7281




Personal profile


Significant experience of practice work in Community and Criminal Justice, working with both perpetrators and victims/survivors of crime, in the private, public and 3rd sectors.

Practice Development Assessor for Probation Training Probation Officers (see later)

Trustee on various Governance boards for 3rd sector charities including Women’s Aid.

Serving scrutiny panel member for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS): East Midlands

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) registered expert

Invited to advise to the VAWG All-Party Parliamentary Committee 2020

2020 expert contribution acknowledged regarding a COVID-19 call to POST.


Extensive experience of programme management e.g., Programme Leader for a suite of Foundation Degree, Top-up and BA Undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice and programmes, including those professionally/practice related e.g., both a Top up Criminology  Working with Offenders and a Top pp Policing Practice programme. Prior to this I was the Programme Leader for the Probation Qualifying Framework. Prior to that I lead the University through a successful validation for the roll out of the BA (Single Honours) Sociology programme at DMU.  

Extensive experience of curriculum design/development and quality and in leading programmes through successful validation/re-validation with commendations.

Delivered successful theoretical, professional, and practice-based modules on different public services, criminology and criminal justice related programmes of study at levels 4-7.

A well-respected Validation Panel Assessor/Chair and an accredited External Examiner for a range of Criminal Law, Criminology and Security and Offender Management Programmes.

My Teacher Fellowship was awarded for my ‘pracademic’ expertise linking theory, policy and practice of crime and social justice with transformational learning in pedagogy, which is unique, innovative and public good orientated. 

Research group affiliations

Co-Convenor: Sexual Violence Domestic Violence Research Network: DMU 

Women Crime and Justice Network: British Criminology Society 

Emotion Research Cluster: Member DMU

Member: Prisons and Probation Research Hub: DMU

Member: Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Research Network: British Criminology Society

Member: Victims Research Network: British Criminology Society 

Stream lead: Teacher Fellow committee for academic innovation representing my community of practice (approximately 22 individuals) on various pedagogical projects and boards.

Publications and outputs



£5,000 Leicestershire County Council Grant. Output e.g., Fish, J. Szabo, A. Turgoose, D. (2017) Exploring approaches to service user involvement in sexual violence and domestic violence services report (technical).

£30,000 VAWG regional contract via Leicestershire/Rutland Police Crime Commissioner tender. Completed 2020. 

£1,000 Project Lead: ‘Multi-Disciplinary approach to Violence Crime Scene Project:  a safe space for practitioners to identify domestic abuse tactics.’

Collaboration with Experts by Lived Experience

Co-production with SVDV experts by experience are various and include Szabo, A, Turgoose, D, Walker, C, Maxwell, R. and Shah, T. (2019) Empowering children and young people affected by domestic abuse through involvement in service provision SVDV Research Network Conference

Current Journal Articles under review

Turgoose. D and McKie, R.E. The Role of Mobile Applications in the Protection of Domestic Violence Victims. Challenging the Empowerment Paradigm. Special Issue Journal of Gender Based Violence.

Turgoose. D and McKie, R.E. An Examination of the Intersection of Coercive Control and Pets as co-existing victims in UK Criminal Justice provision; A Criminal Justice Student Practitioner View. International Journal of Violence and Victims

Selected Past Publications (book chapters) 

Turgoose, D. (2019) Hear no misogyny, speak no sexism, see no harassment. Gender-Based Violence and UK University Campus Culture: Time for Change? In: Magalhães, M. J.; Guerreiro, A. and Pontedeira, C. (Eds) Sexual Violence ECDV Porto, University of Porto pp. 114-120

Turgoose, D. (2019) Change that Lasts is a Chance for Change. In: Magalhães, M. J., Guerreiro, A. and Pontedeira, C. (Eds.) Proceedings of II European Conference on Domestic Violence (IIECDV): Domestic Violence Intervention Systems, Porto: University of Porto, p107-114.

Turgoose, D. (2016) Victim Support Services and the world of Commissioning in Hilder, S. and Bettinson, V. Domestic Violence Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Selected past Publications (technical reports)

Fish, J. Szabo, A. Turgoose, D. (2017) Exploring approaches to service user involvement in sexual violence and domestic violence services. Final (technical) report  Domestic Violence Sexual Violence (SVDV) Research Network, De Montfort University.

Selected Recent Manuscript/Book Reviews

Taylor, N. and Frazer, H. (2020) “Domestic Violence and Companion Animals” Palgrave Macmillan 

Prisons and Probation Research Hub digital seminar series

Pet Victimology and Coercive Control Event (7th December 2020) with Dr Ruth McKie showcasing our research, blogs, conference papers and 3 x forthcoming peer reviewed journal publications. You can view our presentation here for the hub

Sexual Violence Domestic Violence Research Network website

Please, see the Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence (SVDV) Research Network website to view the pioneering work of our network 


Turgoose, D. and McKie, R.E. (2020) Non-Human Animals at the Intersection of Domestic Violence: The Call for anthropocentricism to GIVE WAY!

Turgoose, D. and McKie, R.E. (2020) Beyond Domestic Violence, Companion Animals and Independent Agency: Why as criminologists we need to converse beyond speciesism, towards an intersectional approach 

Turgoose, D. and McKie, R.E. (2020) Ontological Diversifications: Greening Domestic Violence and Abuse studies on Companion Animals 

Turgoose, D. and McKie, R.E. (2019) Domestic Abuse and Pets Research: Local Impact June 2019 

Turgoose, D. and McKie, R.E. (2019) Pets and Domestic Abuse Research: Local Impact March 2019 

Turgoose, D. and McKie, R.E. (2019) Domestic Violence and Abuse, ‘Pets’ and Agency: A conversation we need to have and a call for action 2019


Crisp A, Quinlan, C., Turgoose, D. and Hine J, (2018) ‘Co-creation’ The experiences of student researchers in a ‘co-creation assessment project’ with academic staff. Preliminary research findings – ongoing project. ULTAS Conference Transformative and Co-created Education

Turgoose, D. and Ryan, M. (2015) ‘Enhancing the student experience: Student Self-assessment of skills: a lifelong process’ Learning and Teaching Conference ‘Student transitions: Pillars of Learning’.

Turgoose, D. and Ryan, M. (2016) ‘Self-assessment of skills: a lifelong process’ Association for Learning and Development in Higher Education (ALDHE) Conference

Research interests/expertise

  • Drugs Alcohol & Crime
  • Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Community Safety
  • Gender & Crime 


International Federation National Teacher Fellow: 2021

PhD De Montfort University: Current

Teacher Fellow De Montfort University: 2019

Fellow (invited) Royal Society of Arts: 2018

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy: 2017

PG Cert @Level 7: Social Work De Montfort University: 2017

MBA @ Level 7: Merit Nottingham University: 2007

OCR 3 Assessors Award (Accredited Programmes) Midlands Probation Training Consortium: 2005

A1 Development and Assessors Award in Community and Criminal Justice Level 4 NVQ: Midlands Probation Training Consortium: 2004

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) Nottingham Trent University:1994

BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies Degree @ Level 6, 2:1 Nottingham Trent University:1994

Courses taught

Post Graduate: MA Criminal Justice and Crime: Sex Offenders and Sexual Offending 

Probation Programmes: Responsivity and Communication Skills; Understanding Crime and Criminal Behaviour; Gender and Crime; Pathway Lead for Working with Offenders.

Undergraduate BA Criminology Programmes: Study and Research Skills; Crime Risk and Community Safety; Domestic Abuse; Drugs Substance Use and Crime; Victimology

Undergraduate Health Studies Programmes: Gender Studies; Applied Social Research; Dissertation.

Undergraduate Policing; Criminal Investigation and Psychology with Criminology Programmes: Domestic Abuse; Drugs Substance Use and Crime

Membership of external committees

2015 - Current: British Criminological Society Learning & Teaching Network

2015 - Current British Criminological Society Victimology Network

2015 - Current British Criminological Society Women Crime and Criminal Justice 

2015 - Current: British Sociological Association

2015 - 2020: Board of Trustees Women’s Aid 

Conference attendance

April 2013: 50:50 symposium DMU “The use of VLE Blended Learning Discussion Groups with students: enhancing learning.”

Dec 2013:  Inter Disciplinary Domestic Violence Conference DMU.  Chair “Interventions with perpetrators in the CJS”   

June 2014: Domestic Abuse in Faith Communities Conference DMU 

Dec 2014:  Domestic Violence & Safeguarding Conference DMU.  Paper “Using social media to increase the safeguarding and protection of survivors of sexual and domestic violence”

April 2015: Assessment Learning & Development in Higher Education National Conference Southampton University.  Co-authored paper with Marian Ryan “Self-assessment of skills: a lifelong process”  

September 2015: Learning and Teaching conference DMU. Co –authored paper with Marian Ryan “Enhancing the student experience: Self-assessment of skills”  July 2016: Women’s Aid National Conference: Feminism, partnerships and sustainability & Domestic abuse: a public health epidemic?

September 2016: National Substance Misuse Conference:  Breaking Down Barriers

Dec 2016: Coercive Control Conference DMU Paper “Coercive Control and on line space; 21st Century Technology, Social Media and the hyper regulation of the everyday routines of women and children”

Referee Fuller, C. (2014) ‘Motivational Interviewing: A Toolkit’ 3rd edition Wiley

Reviewer Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2016) Essential study Skills 4th Edition SAGE

Consultancy, Professional Practice and Memberships of External Bodies

2015 - Current: British Criminological Society

2015 - Current: British Sociological Association

2014 - Current: Fawcett Society

2015 - Current: Board of Trustees Women’s Aid Integrated Services

2016 - External Validation Reviewer Derby University: suite of Offender Management & Security programmes

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