Dr Jessica Phoenix

School of Justice Studies

Jessica is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice, having joined LJMU in July 2021. Her research interests include domestic violence and abuse, repeat victimisation and multi-agency working. Prior to joining LJMU, Jessica held research positions at City, University of London and Lancaster University. Jessica is experienced in using police data and the Crime Survey for England and Wales to measure forms of violent crime.

Jessica completed her PhD in Criminology at Lancaster University in 2021 as part of an ESRC CASE studentship with Lancashire Constabulary. Her thesis is titled ‘Measuring the repetition of domestic violence and abuse in police data’.


2022, Liverpool John Moores University, England, PGCert Academic Practice
2021, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, PhD Criminology
2017, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, MSc Quantitative Methods for Science, Social Science and Medicine
2016, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Criminology

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Police Studies, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - 2022
Visiting Lecturer, City, University of London, 2021 - 2021
Research Associate, City, University London, 2019 - 2021
Senior Demonstrator, University of Central Lancashire, 2019 - 2019
Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, 2018 - 2019
Teaching Assistant, Lancaster University, 2018 - 2019

Journal article

Boulton L, Phoenix J, Halford E, Sidebottom A. 2022. Return home interviews with children who have been missing: an exploratory analysis Police Practice and Research, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Phoenix J, Francis BJ. 2022. Police risk assessment and case outcomes in missing person investigations The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, :0032258X2210878-0032258X2210878 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sidebottom A, Boulton L, Cockbain E, Halford E, Phoenix J. 2019. Missing children: risks, repeats and responses Policing and Society, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


Walby S, Francis B, Phoenix J, Davies E. 2022. Changing Violence 11-year dataset DOI Publisher Url


Walby S, Bell P, Bowstead J, Feder G, Fraser A, Herbert A, Kirby S, McManus S, Morris S, Oram S, Phoenix J, Pullerits M, Verrall R. 2020. Study on the economic, social and human costs of trafficking in human beings within the EU DOI

Francis B, Walby S, Pattinson B, Elliott A, Hoti-Llabjani V, Phoenix J, Verrall R, Peelo M. 2018. Data collection on trafficking in human beings in the EU


Phoenix J. Measuring the repetition of domestic violence and abuse in police data Humphreys L, Towers J, Walby S.

Conference publication

Phoenix J. Using police data to investigate the repetition of domestic violence 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology Publisher Url

Phoenix J. Police risk assessment and outcomes for missing persons European Society of Criminology Conference 2018

Phoenix J, Boulton L, Sidebottom A, Halford E. Identifying risk factors of/and protective factors from going missing repeatedly using return to home interview data Fourth International Conference for Missing Adults and Children

Walby S, Francis B, Phoenix J. Revising or removing the ONS cap on high frequency victims Social Statistics Section: Repeat victimisation counts and crime estimates Publisher Url

Other invited event:

Evidence Based Policing Strategy Meeting, Lancashire Constabulary, Presentation - Exploring the utility of Return Home Interviews for children who have been missing. 2022

Research Grants Awarded:

Home Office, Domestic Abuse Perpetrators, Michelle McManus, Grant value (£): 50,908.95.