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13 February 2019

Benefit sanctions and sexual violence

Beth Speake is a PhD student researching the impact of benefit sanctions on women who have experienced rape and sexual violence.

Sheffield Hallam PhD student Beth Speake

Beth successfully applied for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in 2015.

'My research is looking at how welfare benefit sanctions impact on women who have experienced rape and sexual violence,' she says.

'I'm hoping to contribute to a body of evidence showing the need for welfare policies which take into account the structural nature of inequality in UK society.

'After finishing my MA in global genders, I worked for two years at Sheffield Rape Crisis. I have also worked at Sheffield Citizens Advice Bureau, both as a volunteer and as an employee.

'I want to develop my research skills and become a professional researcher, whether in academia or for another organisation such as a charity or NGO.

'I have enjoyed the community at Sheffield Hallam, which is very friendly and tight-knit, and I have benefitted from the knowledge, experience and encouragement of my supervisors and fellow PhD students.'

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