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Dr Charlotte Bishop

Senior Lecturer


01392 725371

Amory B104H


Dr Charlotte (Charlie) Bishop joined Exeter Law School in 2014. She holds an LLB from the Univeristy of Kent and a PhD in Law from the University of Exeter. 

Charlotte convenes the optional third year module Gender, Sexuality and Law (LAW3011) and teaches on the core undergraduate module Criminal Law (LAW1003). She also supervises undergraduate dissertations in the fields of gender, sexuality, domestic and sexual violence and feminist theory. Charlotte is also Senior Academic Tutor for Law.

Charlotte was a 2019/20 Education Incubator fellow, running a project which aimed to develop and evaluate different sources of academic, pastoral and professional support for first year undergraduate Law students from diverse backgrounds and in a range of circumstances. If you would like to see the written report outlining the findings from this project please contact Charlotte by email.

Charlotte is happy to supervise postgraduate research on domestic and sexual violence, feminist legal theory and gender studies.


Bishop CP (2021). Prevention and Protection: will the Domestic Abuse Act transform the response to domestic abuse in England and Wales? Child and Family Law Quarterly 163-183.

Bishop CP (2018). Safe and Effective Courtroom Participation for Domestic Violence Complainant-Witnesses. In (Ed) Criminal Law Reform Now: Proposals and Critique, Hart Publishing.

Bishop C, Bettinson V (2017). Evidencing domestic violence*, including behaviour that falls under the new offence of ‘controlling or coercive behaviour’. The International Journal of Evidence & Proof22(1), 3-29.

Bishop CP (2017) Domestic Violence: Understanding the Gender Paradigm. Family Courts Journal (Autumn 2017).

Bishop CP (2016). Domestic Violence: the Limitations of a Legal Response. In Hilder S, Bettinson V (Eds.) Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Protection, Prevention and Intervention, Palgrave, 59-79.

Bishop CP (2016) Rule that proof of domestic violence for legal aid purposes must be less than 24 months old declared invalid. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 38(3), 330–332.

Bishop CP, Bettinson V (2015). Is the creation of a discrete offence of coercive control necessary to combat domestic violence?. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly66(2), 179-197

The Conversation, September 2016: Why it’s so hard to prosecute cases of coercive or controlling behaviour.

Huffington Post, March 2017: A Domestic Violence and Abuse Act: Necessary Step or Unwelcome Distraction?

The Conversation, March 2019: Domestic abuse: the psychology of coercive control remains a legal battlefield.


Research interests

Charlotte’s research interests are broad and inter-disciplinary, crossing the boundaries of socio-legal research into psychology, sociology, philosophy and criminology. Her recent research has been on how the harm of domestic violence, including controlling and coercive behaviour, could be more effectively evidenced in criminal court proceedings, and how courtroom participation could be made safer and more effective for witnesses who are also a victim of domestic violence could be improved. Charlotte's research takes a gendered approach to the issue of domestic violence and much of her work is also based upon the insufficiently recognised link between ongoing abuse and trauma.

Currently Charlotte is involved in the Law Commission's consultation on reform to the law on intimate image abuse, advising the Commission on the overlap between behaviour of this kind and coercive control within an intimate relationship.

Charlotte is also currently writing up the findings from an SLSA-funded project with Dr Marian Duggan (Kent) which explored the experiences of feminist academics who incorporate gender and intersectional issues and perspectives into their teaching of Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice modules. This research will form part of a larger project aiming to address the gender and other discrimination that is apparent in the Criminal Justice System by looking at the implicit and explicit messages undergraduate students are provided with before they begin their careers.

Research supervision

Charlotte is happy to supervise PhD students in the areas of feminist theory and gender-based violence, broadly construed to include domestic violence and abuse, coercive control, sexual violence, pornography and intimate image abuse, and the 'rough sex' defence.


External impact and engagement

Charlotte is currently involved in the Law Commission's consultation on reforms to the law on intimate image abuse ('revenge porn'). More information about the project can be found here and on the Law Commission's project pages

Modules taught

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