Dominic Willmott


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PhD projects

(1) Exploring Bias in Juror and Jury Decision Making (2) Exploring the Role of Rape Myth Acceptance and Rape Supportive Attitudes upon Victimisation, Perpetration and Criminal Justice Processors

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Dominic joined the University of Huddersfield in 2017 as a Research Fellow within the None-in-Three Research Centre for Gender-Based Violence, and previously held teaching and research posts at the University of Chester, Leeds Trinity University and the Universtiy of Essex. Dominic is member of the Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU) and with a specialism in Legal and Criminal Psychology, his research is focused upon the application of psychological principles within criminal justice domains. His primary area of expertise relates to jury decision making and the role of psychosocial factors within the courtroom. Specifically, Dominic’s work focuses upon the extent to which juror bias can impact the impartiality of verdict decisions within rape trials, the findings from which have received attention internationally in the media and by policy makers. Dominic's research has led to his involvement in on-going policy discussions with several government agencies and NGO's, and invitaions to provide insights on jury bias to the: Ministry of Justice, Crown Prosectuion Service, The National Rape Working Group (New Scotland Yard), National Police Chiefs’ Council, Northern Irish Assembley, Rape Crisis England & Wales, End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria, and the United States Air Force. In 2018 his research was referenced in the House of Commons during an adjurnment debate into the need for reform in English rape trials.

Dominic's current post involves him working on a large scale international study examining the prevalence and pathways to perpetration/victimization of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in India, Uganda, Jamaica, and the UK. Alongside cross-sectional multi-country data collection and randomised control trials, the project includes the inter-disciplinary development and implementation of a prosocial computer game intervention tasked with challening social norms, attitutes and bias that enable GBV perpetration in young people, before such belief systems becomes internatlised  

Research Expertise and Interests

Dominic's research interests broadly relate to the application of psychological principles within criminal justice and forensic settings. Primarily, he is interested in and publishes around; sexual violence, gender-based violence (GBV), jury decision making, rape myth acceptance, child abuse and neglect, and criminal psychopathy.

He has been involved in a number of notable research projects with collaborators from around the world including, a 400,000 Euro project funded by the European Union investigating the impact of domestic and sexual violence upon Caribbean children and a £4.3 million pound project funded by the UK Governments Global Challenges fund, tasked with preventing future domestic abuse through pro-social gaming.

ACCEPTING MRES & PHD STUDENT APPLICATIONS ON: Jury and Juror bias in the Courtroom; Rape Myth Bias & the impact on CJS decision making (victims, perpetrators, police, prosecutors, magistates)

External positions

Visiting Professor, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

1 Jun 2018 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Psycho Legal Domains
  • Jury Decision Making
  • Explorations of Jury Decision Making within Rape Trials
  • Sexual Violence
  • Rape
  • Courtroom
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology and Law
  • Juror behaviour
  • Juror bias


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