Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse: Causes, Consequences and Prevention

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Date: 09 March 2017
Venue: Watershed, Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 20:30


This is the fourth Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse event as part of an open discussion about sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, along with the various ways of responding to these problems. This event will feature short talks given by experts, with an extended period for questions and discussion.

Promoting discussion and understanding

The event is intended to promote dialogue and understanding on topics of importance to the community. Anyone is welcome to attend - from those working in the area, to those with no prior knowledge who are simply interested in the topics under discussion and want to know more.

Topics and Speakers

1. Victims and witnesses in the criminal justice process

'A comparative analysis of Operation Bluestone: A specialist rape investigation unit'

  • Prof. Phil Rumney, Bristol Law School, UWE Bristol.
  • Duncan McPhee, Dept. of Criminology, UWE Bristol.
  • Dr Rachel Fenton, Bristol Law School, UWE Bristol.

'Pre Trial Therapy – the Cost and the Benefits'

  • Nicola Shannon, Clinical lead Counsellor/ Psychotraumatologist, The Bridge SARC

'Cross-examination of complainants and defendants within rape trials'

  • Anneleise Williams, PhD researcher, Bristol Law School, UWE Bristol.

2. Myths and stereotypes

'5 common myths about perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse'

  • Dr Kieran McCartan, Dept. of Criminology, UWE Bristol.
  • Dr Tamara Turner-Moore, School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University.
  • Jon Brown, NSPCC lead on tackling sexual abuse.

Further speakers TBC.

Event schedule

- Short 10 - 15 minute talks by a range of experts.

- An extended Q and A session following each talk.

- A chance to meet local service providers, charities and outreach groups who work in the field of sexual violence and abuse.

Why attend?

• To improve your understandings of sexual violence and abuse.

• To improve your awareness of current responses.

• To become more aware of the consequences of sexual violence and abuse for victims, offenders, families, communities, and wider society.

• To become involved in prevention, public health and education strategies to address sexual violence and abuse.

The event organisers are: Prof. Phil Rumney, Bristol Law School, UWE and Dr Kieran McCartan, Dept. of Criminology, UWE. The event is supported by the University of the West of England (Social Science in the City), the Centre for Legal Research, Social Science Research Group and UWE's Sexual Violence Research Network.

Light refreshments will be available.

Visit UWE Bristol's Sexual Violence Research Network.

How to attend

Please register to secure your place via our online registration form.

Cost: Free
Contact: Lauren Rees
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86720
E-mail: lauren.rees@uwe.ac.uk

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