Dr Lesley Simmonds

Dr Lesley Simmonds

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Lesley can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Criminal justice
  • Crime
  • Victims of crime


Lesley Simmonds works as a Senior Lecturer on the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Lesley promotes employability for students on the programmes, arranging a range of events which bring students into contact with managers and practitioners from the criminal justice field.


Lesley completed her BSc (Hons) in Social Policy and Criminal Justice at the University of Plymouth. She has since worked as a Lecturer on the Community Justice (Probation Studies) programme, as a part-time Lecturer on a number of criminal justice modules, and as a researcher on a range of projects. Her research includes focusing upon the community response to crime; crime prevention/community safety projects; restorative justice; issues relating to the Crime and Disorder Audit process and evaluating the work of the Needle Exchange Service.

Lesley continued to develop her research on the community response to crime by focusing specifically on the work that Victim Support undertakes. Lesley gained a studentship from the University of Plymouth in order to pursue this. She was awarded her PhD, Matching Provision to Needs: The Example of Victim Support, in 2005.

Professional membership

Member, British Society of Criminology

Teaching interests

Lesley Simmonds teaches mainly at stage two of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies degree programme, teaching quantitative research methods and victims, victimology and restorative justice.  Lesley supervises a number of PhD students who are exploring criminological issues.

Staff serving as external examiners

2008 - 2011 appointed as External at the University of Wales, Newport for Professional Practice.

Research interests

Victims of Crime and the support provided to them and Restorative Justice.

Research groups

  • Social and Public Policy

Key publications are highlighted

Simmonds LA 2018 'The impact of local commissioning on victim services in England and Wales: an empirical study' International Review of Victimology , DOI PEARL
Simmonds LA 2016 'The potential impact of local commissioning on victim services in England and Wales' International Review of Victimology , DOI PEARL
Simmonds L 2013 'Lost in transition? The changing face of Victim Support' International Review of Victimology 19, (2) 201-217 , DOI
James Z & Simmonds L 2013 'Exploring Prejudice: Managing Hate Crime in the South West of England' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 15, (4) 241-257 , DOI
James Z & Simmonds L 2010 'The Advice Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Plymouth: Final Report' Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective 4, (1) 53-56
Simmonds L & Coomber R 2009 'Injecting drug users: A stigmatised and stigmatising population' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY 20, (2) 121-130 Author Site , DOI
Mawby R & Simmonds L 2009 'Assisting victims: The British Model in Comparative Context' Archives of Criminology XXIX-XXX, 555-565
Simmonds L 2009 'What Victims Want! Victim Support, an objective or relative approach to victims' needs' Social and Public Policy Review 3, (2) 1-18
Simmonds L & Mawby R 2004 'Anxiety over crime as spatially defined: public perceptions and policy alternatives in the city centre' Security Journal Vol 17,
Mawby R & Simmonds L 2003 'Homesafing Keyham: an evaluation' Safer Communities 2, (3) 20-30 , DOI
Simmonds L 2001 'Resolving Conflict in the Community: A Case for Mediation?' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 3, (3) 41-52 , DOI
Gray PM, Simmonds L & Annison J 2016 The resettlement of women offenders: learning the lessons: a research project focusing on the experience of the female offender. PEARL
James Z & Simmonds L 2012 Exploring Prejudice: Mapping Hate Crime in the South West. Research Report Plymouth Plymouth University PEARL