Series 8 - Rebecca and Russell Dobash Files

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GB 1534 SWA/8


Rebecca and Russell Dobash Files


  • 1973 - 1979 (Creation)

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1 box, containing 10 folders of textual documents and press cuttings.

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Rebecca Dobash is an American scholar whose main area of research is violence and the policies and interventions around it. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington, and has held positions at the University of Stirling, University of Cardiff, and the University of Manchester, where she is a Professor of Social Research in the School of Law.

Along with her husband, Russell Dobash, she has published eight books and over 100 journal articles and chapters on intimate partner violence. 'Violence Against Wives' (1979) was particularly influential to the Women's Aid movement in Scotland.

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Russell Dobash is an American scholar whose research areas include domestic violence, gender, crime, and homicide. He received his BA and MA from Arizona State University and his PhD from the University of Washington. Dobash has held positions at the University of Stirling, Cardiff University, and since 1996, has been Professor of Criminology & Social Policy at the University of Manchester.

Much of his research has been undertaken with his wife, Rebecca Dobash, including the 1979 'Violence Against Wives' which was instrumental in the Women's Aid movement in Scotland.

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Donated by Rebecca and Russell Dobash in November 2016, to be included as part of the Scottish Women's Aid Collection.

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The materials donated were collected during the research for the Dobashes' book, Violence Against Wives (1979), which was a fundamental resource in the early work of Women's Aid groups throughout Scotland. The donation included four boxes of press cuttings and one box of mixed materials including personal correspondence to Rebecca and Russell Dobash, Scottish Women's Aid and local Women's Aid groups documents and newsletters (which have been arranged into their corresponding series), and other publications.

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No further accruals are expected.

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The press cuttings have been maintained in their original themes. Materials created by Scottish Women's Aid and other local Women's Aid groups have been moved into more relevant series.

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Please contact the archivists for a full list of material donated by Rebecca and Russell Dobash.

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GB 1534

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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000).



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