Notko Marianne, Yliopistotutkija/Senior Researcher

Notko Marianne, Yliopistotutkija/Senior Researcher
Yhteiskuntapolitiikka/Social and public policy
OPK 220.1

My doctoral dissertation in sociology was completed in 2011 under the title “Väkivalta, vallankäyttö ja vahingoittuminen naisten perhesuhteissa” [Violence, power using and being hurt in women’s family relations]. It focused on women’s narratives of violence and the usage of power in various family relations as well as on exploring different types of violence. My work draws on family studies, violence studies and gender studies. Since completing my dissertation I have investigated several topics on encountering domestic violence in health and social care settings. My other research interest has been on children’s everyday life in family relations and educational settings.

During my career I have worked in several projects on family relations and domestic violence at the Family Research Centre and the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. These include ‘Children’s Emotional Security in Multiple Family Relations’ (EMSE, 2010–2013) and ‘Daily Life in Transitions, Children in Multiple Family Forms’ (DALFA, 2015–2019) funded by the Academy of Finland. I’ve also coordinated the national Graduate School for Family Studies from 2003 to 2006. I have been a research team member in the project ‘Encountering Violence in Social and Health Care Organizations’, funded by the Academy of Finland in 2011–2014. From 2009 to 2010 I worked as a researcher in the project ‘Violence Intervention in Specialist Health Care’ (VISH), which was coordinated by the Central Finland Health Care District and funded by the European Commission’s Daphne III programme. The focus was on identifying and intervening in domestic violence in specialist health care settings.

At the moment I am working as a senior researcher in the project Enhancing Professional Skills and Raising Awareness on Domestic Violence, Violence against Women and Shelter Services (EPRAS, 2017–2019). EPRAS is coordinated by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and funded by the European Commission. Partners include the Police University College (POLAMK). The University of Jyväskylä (represented by myself with docent and university lecturer Marita Husso) is responsible for coordinating and conducting the research.

This current research project investigates domestic violence encountered by the police and social and health care professionals. The project explores the professionals’ experiences, conceptions and operating practices related to domestic violence, as well as previous training and needs for further training on these issues. The study focuses on meanings, conceptualizations, attitudes and practices related to domestic violence in these occupations. A further aim is to study the challenges and possibilities of multi-professional cooperation. The project comprises academic research and project evaluation, including the charting of the experiences, practices and training needs of the police and social and health care professionals who deal with domestic violence.

Research projects and cooperation:

EPRAS project research web page:


DALFA research project web page:


Violence studies, research network and teaching at University of Jyväskylä:


 Research interests and expertise:

  • violence, usage of power and conflicts in family relations and in other close relations
  • encountering domestic violence at work, especially in social and health care and police organizations
  • societal changes, service systems and violence interventions
  • family relations, emotions and agency
  • transitions and changes in children’s everyday life and in educational settings
  • research ethics in violence studies and in family studies

 Selected publications: