Rachel Robbins

Dr. Rachel Robbins

Guild Senior Research Fellow

School of Social Work, Care and Community

+44 (0) 1772 89 3451


Subject Areas: Social Work and Social Care

Rachel Robbins researches in the areas of domestic violence, adult social care and social justice. In particular she has an interest in feminist theory and intersectionality. Rachel is research active in the area of social work and social policy and is a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm. Prior to entering the academy, Rachel worked in a range of social work and social policy settings.

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Rachel’s main area of interest is domestic abuse and adult social care, but she is interested in many aspects of inequality and welfare.  She recently co-edited a book on Intersectionality in Social Work.  Since working with the Connect Centre, she has been involved in the evaluation of a number of organisations supporting victim/survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  She is currently working on 2 ESRC funded research projects with MMU and Stirling looking at Domestic Homicide Reviews (the HALT project) and Children and Families who experience Domestic Abuse (CAFADA).

She is also a keen blogger and her blog can be found here.


PhD Social Policy, Manchester Metropolitan University 2013
MA Womens Studies, University of York, 1996
BA Drama, University of Manchester 1990

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Chantler, K., Robbins, R, Baker, V. and Stanley, N. (2019) Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales Health and Social Care https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12881

Nayak, S. and Robbins, R. (2018) (eds) Intersectionality in Social Work: Activism and Practice in Context London: Routledge

Stanley, N.; Chantler, K., and Robbins, R. (2018) Children and Domestic Homicide British Journal of Social Work doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy024

Robbins, R. and Cook, K. (2017) “Don’t even get us started on social workers”: Domestic Violence, Social Work and Trust, An Anecdote from Research British Journal of Social Work https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx125

McLaughlin, H., Robbins, R., Bellamy, C., Banks, C. and Thackray, D. (2016) “Adult Social Work and High Risk Domestic Violence Cases Journal of Social Work published on-line 6 June 2016


Rachel is a member of Social Policy Association, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, Social Work Action Network.