Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse: Causes, Responses and Prevention

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Date: 05 November 2015
Venue: Watershed, Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 20:15


Join us at the second 'Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse: Causes, Responses and Prevention' event as part of a free and open discussion about sexual violence and abuse: its causes, consequences, as well as ways of responding to the problem.

This event is intended to educate and engage the public in the prevention of sexual assault, abuse and exploitation in a non-theoretical and accessible manner. We want to engage the public in a discussion about sexual assault and abuse; improve public understanding of sexual assault and abuse, involve the public in prevention, public health and education strategies and bring together members of the public, professionals, practitioners, scholars and students.

The event is sponsored by UWE's Centre for Legal Research and Social Science Research Group.

Topics and speakers

Sex Offender Management in the Community

'Community engagement in sexual harm reduction'
Dr Kieran McCartan, UWE

'Understanding MAPPA'
Liz Spencer, Head of Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset Probation Service

Black and minority ethic victims and survivors of sexual violence and exploitation

'Disclosure, male rape and the BME Community'
Elton Jackson, Director of Clinical Services, SurvivorsUK

'Hear the other stories... '
Suad Abdullahi

Online offenders and vulnerable witnesses

'The changing nature of cross-examination in vulnerable witness cases'
Prof. Phil Rumney, UWE

'We can't arrest our way out of this'
Maggie Brennan, University College, Cork; Hannah Meridian, University of Lincoln and Derek Perkins (NHS)

Format of the event

  • Short 10 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

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at a wide audience, including the general public and requires no prior education, training or specialist knowledge on any of the topics.

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.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register online.

Light refreshments will be available.

This event is being organised by Dr Kieran McCartan, Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences (Criminology), UWE and Professor Phil Rumney, School of Law, UWE.

Cost: Free
Contact: Lauren Rees
E-mail: CLR@uwe.ac.uk

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