About Shonagh

Dr. Shonagh Dillon, LLB, DCrimJ

I am a passionate advocate of women’s rights. I have worked in the male violence against women sector in a number of roles for nearly three decades, in 2011, I founded the charity Aurora New Dawn. The charity started as a small idea with a budget of nothing and ten years on the services support victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and stalking across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the charity continues to expand across other areas in the South East of England. I am incredibly lucky that the management team at Aurora are the same women who have been here since day one and I feel proud to be part of a team of women who have created something concrete in the sector.

In 2016 I decided to take on a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, and on June 1st 2021 I was awarded my doctoral qualification. My research focused on the clash between transgender ideology and women’s sex based rights and the impact on the male violence against women sector, and I am really proud that this research provides a unique and original contribution to the debate.

My priority is always victims and survivors and I want to make a difference to the lives of women abused and tortured by men. I also want to contribute to tangible progress for women, both as part of the feminist male violence against women movement, and in society as a whole.