Staff Profile


Dr Sofia Graca

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: St Martins Priory

Tel: 01227 923180

Profile summary

My research interests include domestic abuse and individuals’ relationship with the justice system. I am also interested in law enforcement and transnational cooperation, having been invited to develop research for and present at conferences organised by Europol. 

I am programme director for the MSc in Policing, with the Police Academy of the Netherlands, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have developed and consolidated the Department’s postgraduate profile, both with the creation of new programmes and the renewal of existing ones.

I joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2005 and have since contributed for different programmes, including Applied Criminology, Legal Studies, Police Studies and Policing. I contribute to a variety of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students for their dissertations.

Publications and research outputs

Graca, S (2021) ‘Resistance and the Paradox of Legal Entitlement – A Theoretical Analysis of Migrant Women’s Responses to Domestic Abuse in the Host Country’ The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law (RJLP)

Blackburn, K and Graca, S (2021) 'A critical reflection on the use and effectiveness of DVPNs and DVPOs', Police Practice and Research, 22(1) 23-39. 

DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2020.1759059 

Blackstone's Handbook for Policing Students 2020 (2019)

Graca, S. (2017) 'Portuguese culture and legal consciousness: a discussion of immigrant women’s perceptions of and reactions to domestic violence' International Journal of Law in Context.

Graca, S. (2017) 'Domestic Violence Policy and Legislation in the UK: a discussion of Immigrant Women's Vulnerabilities ' European Journal of Current Legal Issues' available at: 

Graca, S. (2015) 'Use of domestic violence services by Portuguese women in England' Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law Taylor & Francis available at:

Graca, S (2008) ‘Night Time Economy: Cooperation between Formal and Informal Social Control (Case Study of Margate)’ Dalby: Vathek Publishing The Police Journal Vol. 81, Nº2.


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