Danielle Sutton is the Research Coordinator for the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence and a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Guelph. She has several broad and overlapping research interests in the areas of policing, homicide, intimate partner violence (IPV) and social constructionism.
Her MA thesis was a comparative content analysis which compared media constructions of officer-involved domestic violence (OIDV) with media representations of civilian IPV. In doing so, her research was the first to produce preliminary empirical data on OIDV in Canada while advancing literature on media constructions of IPV and police violence. This research has been presented at both regional and international conferences.
Danielle has also presented research on national and international conferences on the characteristics of IPV incidents, police use of deadly force in Ontario, the criminal justice response to homicides of Indigenous peoples, femicide of older women, and various topics related to domestic homicide. She has published research on topics related to IPV, domestic homicide, and sociological theory.
Building on her MA research, Danielle’s dissertation research examines media constructions of police use of deadly force in Canada over a six-year period to determine how journalists symbolically construct such incidences and whether those constructions legitimize the force and whether this varies by case characteristics (i.e. victim race, mental illness, and video evidence). Her research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and supervised by Dr. Myrna Dawson.
In her role as CSSLRV Research Coordinator, Danielle helps to oversee various large and small projects, including two national SSHRC-funded projects: (1) the Canadian Geography of Justice Initiative; and (2) the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations.