Dr Sarah Tatton

Dr Sarah Tatton BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE, AFHEA, CertTESOL

Lecturer in Criminology


I specialise in intimate partner violence and research the policing of intimate partner violence and coercive control. My work is qualitative and draws on critical discourse analysis. I am also an experienced teacher with an interest in education theory and pedagogy.


I have been studying and working at SHU since I first washed up in Sheffield in the early 1990s to begin my first degree. I joined the Department of Law and Criminology as a PhD student and GTA at the beginning of 2020 after a career in teaching and an education in English and Psychology.

My interests centre on the way we construct our social worlds and identities through language and symbolism, and particularly how we are shaped by our relationships and interactions. It was my fascination with how people use power, and why they choose to interact with pro- or anti-social goals which ultimately drew me into Criminology.

I recently completed my PhD on the policing of coercive and controlling behaviour, with a focus on how individual officers draw on their unique background to inform their interactions. I am currently engaged in conversations with police to take my findings forward into police training and development.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Courses taught:


Criminology and Psychology

Modules taught:

Criminological Landscapes

Criminal Justice

Graduate Research and Development

Policing and Crime Reduction


Living with Justice

Rights of Women


Working with the police to develop responses to intimate partner violence and coercive and controlling behaviour.

Policing intimate partner violence.



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