Victims and perpetrators of sexual violence: law, policy and research seminar

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Date: 02 September 2014
Venue: 2B020, Frenchay Campus
Time: 9:30 - 16:00

Presented by Department of Law and Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences (Criminology). The purpose of this second law, policy and research seminar is to examine recent legal, policy and research developments in the area of sexual violence. The seminar will focus on a broad range of issues of relevance to those working with victims and perpetrators of sexual violence as well as those researching, teaching and studying in this area. This seminar will help those who attend to better understand how criminal justice responses to sexual violence are developing across a range of areas and will include a focus on the following:


  • Barriers to the identification of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • Historic allegations of abuse
  • Rape sentencing
  • Special measures and cross examination of vulnerable witnesses in sexual offence cases


  • Child sexual abuser aetiology and behaviour
  • Child sexual abuser reintegration
  • Community engagement and management
  • Sex offender disclosure schemes
  • Interviewing sex offenders

Who should attend?

Police officers, judges, lawyers, probation officers, voluntary and support group workers, social workers, students, academics.

Why attend?

  • To gain a better understanding of up-to-date law, policy and research developments
  • To better understand what 'works' and what does not
  • To share experience and network

Register for this event

Please register for this event using this online form.

Price structure

The seminar price includes lunch, refreshments and seminar materials.

Statutory sector/academics/legal profession£42.00
Voluntary/victim and survivor support group sector£27.00
Students and unwaged£18.00

SRA 5 CPD hours

BSB 5 CPD points

Notification of cancellation is required no later than 1 August 2014. Cancellations after this date will incur the full fee applicable. When there are insufficient delegates booked, we reserve the right to cancel and will refund the fees.


Dr Jessica Elliott - Jessica is a Senior Lecturer in Law at UWE. Her research stems from her PhD and focuses on the role that consent has to play in trafficking and exploitative migration more broadly. Jessica has conducted specific research into the identifications and treatment of trafficked victims, including the barriers to identifying victims as well as the non-prosecution of victims for their having committed offences through trafficking-related compulsion. Current research also focuses on prosecution rates of traffickers.

Dr Kieran McCartan - Kieran is an Associate Professor in Criminology at UWE. He has a track record of public, academic and professional engagement on criminological issues, including sex offender aetiology, management and societal responses. He has experience of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research from funders including European Union, Ministry of Justice, ESRC and Wiltshire probation. He is currently involved in research and knowledge exchange projects across the UK on the community reintegration and management of sex offenders.

Phil Rumney - Phil is a Professor of Criminal Justice at UWE. He has written extensively about victims of sexual violence, including adult victims of rape, male rape, the policing of rape, rape sentencing, and social attitudes to rape, expert evidence and false allegations. He has worked with a range of agencies, including the police, Judicial College and Royal Society of Medicine. He is currently involved in research, evaluation and public engagement activities in the fields of rape, myth busting and public understanding of sexual violence.

Provisional schedule

10:00-11:00Barriers to the identification of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation; Special measures and cross examination of vulnerable witnesses
11:15-12:30Historic allegations of abuse; Rape sentencing
13:15-14:15Child sexual abuser aetiology and behaviour; Interviewing sex offenders
14:30-16:00Child sexual abuser reintegration; Community engagement and management; Sex offender disclosure schemes

Cost: £18.00 - £42.00
Contact: Lauren Rees

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