Sex workers’ experiences of domestic abuse: work, labour and agency

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Join us as Victoria Holt discusses sex workers’ experience of domestic and familial abuse, drawing on emerging themes from her research, that shows how sex work can be both weaponised and used as a means of empowerment in this type of abuse. Victoria highlights how the criminalisation and stigmatisation of sex work also becomes a method of abuse in itself and suggests alternative ways of conceptualising violence for sex workers and offering effective and sustainable routes to ending gender-based violence.

Victoria Holt is a PhD research student at the University of Roehampton. Her research explores sex workers’ experiences of domestic and familial abuse and is deeply informed by her activist work, and her history working in women's outreach and frontline services.

Victoria is active in the fight for decriminalisation of sex work, and works closely with SWARM, Decrim Now and ECP, as well as being Co-convener of the British Sociological Association’s Violence Against Women and Girls Study Group and a board member for the Sex Work Research Hub. Victoria also organises two international PhD networks for researchers of the sex industry and researchers in and around VAWG.

Period15 Mar 2022
Held atUniversity of Huddersfield, United Kingdom