Understanding sexual violence and abuse: causes, consequences and prevention

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Date: 05 December 2017
Venue: Room 2X112, Bristol Business School building, Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 20:30


This is the fifth 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 talks given by experts, with an extended period for questions and discussion.

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 would like to know more.

Event schedule

There will be 20-25 minute talks by experts, extended Q and A session following each talk and an opportunity to meet local service providers, charities and outreach groups who work in the field of sexual violence and abuse.

Topics and Speakers

Rape victims and defendants in the criminal justice process

'A comparative analysis of Operation Bluestone: A specialist rape investigation unit'
Prof. Phil Rumney, Bristol Law School, UWE; Duncan McPhee, Dept. of Criminology, UWE; Dr Rachel Fenton, Exeter University; Anneleise Williams, Bristol Law School, UWE

This talk discusses findings from a research project that examined the work of a specialist rape investigation unit and compared its performance with a non-specialist policing area. Using two years' worth of quantitative data, as well as interviews with police officers, this talk will examine issues of case progression, victim care, vulnerability and crime recording.

'Observing the cross-examination of complainants and defendants within rape trials: How is welfare being ensured?'

Anneleise Williams, PhD researcher, Bristol Law School, UWE

Marginalised victims and survivors

'The Golden Years? Sexual violence against older people in the UK'

Dr Hannah Bows, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Teesside University

This talk will present the empirical findings from a study examining the extent and nature of sexual violence against older people in the UK. Drawing on data from police forces and interviews with practitioners and survivors, this talk will consider the characteristics of these offences, the impacts on older people, and the opportunities and barriers for preventing and responding to sexual violence against older people.

'The impact of sexual abuse on boys and men, and why men don't disclose'
Elton Jackson, former Director of Clinical Services, SurvivorsUK

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.

Light refreshments will be available.

How to attend

In order to attend you must register via this online form.

Car parking information: Please enter the campus via the North Entrance and Park in either the Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC) car park or the visitor's car park which is located next to the Business School. Visitor parking permits are not required after 17:00.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required
Contact: Sarah Cunningham
E-mail: clr@uwe.ac.uk

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