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Education CV

PhD candidate in Criminology

Currently building on research in to the escalation and concentration of harm and frequency of domestic abuse in English speaking countries. The first phase of research builds on my Master's thesis and makes extensive use of Prof. Lawrence Sherman's Cambridge Crime Harm Index. The second and third phases will explore the extent to which domestic abuse can be predicted and whether there are workable alternatives to the current favoured methodology.

MSt (Cantab) in Applied Criminology and Police Management (distinction)

​Awarded a distinction for thesis and overall score. My thesis analysed over 36,000 domestic abuse records from a rural UK police force and found extremely high concentrations of harm but little evidence of observed escalation. It also reached notable findings concerning repeat offending and victimisation rates and established a "never called before" phenomenon among high harm victims.

BSc (Open) in Economics and Social Sciences

​Completed with the Open University while working full time.

​Professional Experience

I am in full time employment as Head of Strategic Analysis for a UK law enforcement agency. I have worked in this field for 13 years and spent time as a Vice President for the Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts and a board member of the National Analysts Working Group. I also have a private consultancy firm which conducts crime based research and analysis.

Fields of research

Criminology; Domestic Violence; measurements of crime harm, evidence based policing


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Dr Barak Ariel

Representative Publications

Targeting Escalation in Common Domestic Abuse, Matthew Bland and Barak Ariel, 2015

Start Date

Oct 2015

End date

Jul 2020