"An extraordinary, searingly honest account of the shit that happens. Respect to the women who deliver this deep dive into their devastating experiences in a world of abuse, violence, neglect, self-harm and prostitution. This is a must read book which will open your eyes to what really goes on – and horrendously - is still going on."
Baroness Lynne Featherstone, reviewing 'An Untold Story' by women from Hull Lighthouse project
Helping to edit this book - written by 12 women who have all been involved in street prostitution in Hull - has been a great experience and one that has reinforced – and invigorated – our thinking about gender and inequality. In our review Women and Girls At Risk: Evidence across the life-course we described how three factors interact to shape the nature of risks faced by women and girls, how they respond to those risks and the ways in which they are then viewed and treated by others.
We became increasingly concerned with the paucity of service responses to women with interrelated emotional, social, economic and health problems and their invisibility in research and in policy debates about severe and multiple disadvantage. We have gone on to conceptualise what severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD) looks like for women and girls in the UK and are working with Heriot-Watt University for Lankelly Chase to develop a statistical profile based on this (see Severe and Multiple Disadvantage for Women and Girls).