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CPD Event - Domestic Violence: Relationships & Prevention

Tuesday 8th October 2013

University of Worcester Arena Conference Room
Hylton Road, Worcester

This event was designed to raise delegates awareness and knowledge about domestic violence and to inform them of current research developments and how they impact upon professional practice.

The event was aimed at domestic violence service providers and service users, multi-agency professionals with an interest in domestic violence and a commitment to supporting and protecting survivors and working towards prevention. It was also aimed at students studying on courses such as Domestic and Sexual Violence, Social Welfare, Social Work, Psychology, Education and Health.

A certificate of attendance for CPD was provided.

Timetable

Timetable

9.00am  Arrivals & Registration 
9.30am  Welcome
Professor David Green
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive - University of Worcester 
9.45am  Health and Applied Social Sciences at the University of Worcester
Briony Williams
Health and Applied Social Sciences - Academic Unit Head
Institute of Health and Society - University of Worcester 
10.00am  Domestic Violence, Children’s Agency and Mother–Child Relationships: Towards a More Advanced Model
Emma Katz - Teaching Fellow in Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University 
10.40am  Domestic Violence: Prevention – Education in Schools
Dr. Jane Ellis
Senior Lecturer - University of Worcester 
11.10am  COFFEE BREAK 
11.30am  KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Domestic Violence & Coercive Control
Professor Evan Stark – Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey USA 
1.00pm  Thanks and close
Ruth Jones University of Worcester Lead for the ‘Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse’ 
1.15-2.15pm  LUNCH AND NETWORKING 


About the speakers

Professor David Green

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester

Professor David Green has been the University’s executive head since 2003 and is accountable to the University’s Board of Governors for the strategic leadership, overall performance and management of the University. He has led Worcester to successful applications for full University title in 2005, and for Research Degree Awarding Powers in 2010.

A Professor of Economics, specialising in international finance, David was educated at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Worcester, David held senior academic posts at London South Bank University, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of West London. He has worked as a researcher, consultant and economist in both the private sector and for SHELTER, the campaign for the homeless, and has engaged in extensive voluntary work in community organisations and for racial equality.

During his time in office, the University has achieved an outstanding reputation for educational quality, imaginative, inclusive innovation, sound management and ethical leadership and during his tenure the University has greatly developed. A new City Campus has been created from the beautiful, historic but previously derelict buildings of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary. Abandoned buildings on the banks of the River Severn have been transformed into centres for Art, Dance, Sports and Performance and new Science labs have been built for research and teaching. University Park, a new Business, Enterprise, Science and Health Park is currently under construction.

David will welcome speakers and delegates to this event.


Briony Williams

Health and Applied Social Sciences Academic Unit Head

The Academic Unit of Health and Applied Social Sciences sits within the Institute of Health and Society and is led by Briony Williams.

Briony is a qualified Occupational Health Therapist and has worked in practice in the Community Mental Health and substance misuse sectors. She is currently leading the expanding Academic Unit of Health and Applied Social Sciences in which role she is supporting the development of the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse led by her colleague Ruth Jones.

Briony will give delegates an overview of the teaching and Learning, Research and Knowledge Transfer that is undertaken within her Unit and opportunities for collaboration. She will also introduce this latest CPD event which is part of the development of the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse.


Emma Katz

Teaching Fellow in Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University

Emma Katz is a specialist in the field of domestic violence research, and studies the effect of domestic violence on the relationship between abused mothers and their children. She is interested in how children experience, cope with and resist domestic violence, and her research is providing important new insights for practitioners as well as re-shaping theoretical frameworks in her field. Emma is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Emma will present the findings of her ESRC-funded PhD research conducted at the University of Nottingham entitled 'Surviving Together: Domestic Violence and Mother-Child Relationships'. The study is among the first scholarship to explore how mothers and children support each other and help one another to escape and recover from their experiences. Exploring children's agency, the study highlights the hidden ways that mothers and children experiencing abuse succeed in supporting each other, and the complex feelings they have for one another. Emma’s presentation will conclude with some suggestions of how professionals can act to strengthen mother-child relationships in ways that help survivors to move forward and recover.

Delegates may wish to read her recently published article, ‘Domestic Violence, Children’s Agency and Mother-Child Relationships: Towards a More Advanced Model’, in the journal Children & Society (2013).


Dr Jane Ellis

Senior Lecturer - University of Worcester

Dr Jane Ellis is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester (Health and Applied Social Sciences). She teaches on the MA in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students. She is also an experienced researcher and specialises in domestic and sexual violence, childhood and prevention.

At this event she will present on the issue of preventing domestic violence via school based programmes.


Professor Evan Stark

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey USA

Evan Stark is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Public Health at Rutgers University-Newark and Director of the Master's in Public Health programme. He is a forensic social worker, a widely published author and an award-winning researcher and advocate with an international reputation for his innovative work on the legal, policy and health dimensions of interpersonal violence.

A founder of one of the first shelters for abused women in the U.S., in the l980’s, Dr. Stark's research at Yale University was the first to show the significance of partner violence for child abuse. He has served as an expert in more than 100 criminal and civil cases, including Nicholson v. Williams, a successful federal class action suit against New York City that made it unconstitutional to remove children from mothers solely because they had been victims of domestic violence. His critically acclaimed book, Coercive Control: The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life (Oxford, 2007) has helped to reframe thinking about how to identify, assess and prevent domestic violence.

Books will be available for sale and it will be possible to get the books signed by Professor Stark.


Ruth Jones

Senior Lecturer and Lead for the development of the ‘Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse’ - University of Worcester

Ruth Jones is a Senior lecturer, researcher and consultant in the Institute of Health and Society (Health and Applied Social Sciences) at the University of Worcester, specialising in violence and abuse. In this role she designs and delivers undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses including the internationally recognised and respected Masters in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence and the Postgraduate Certificate in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence.

Ruth also delivers training on domestic and sexual abuse to a large range of statutory agencies, voluntary organisations, educational establishments and the corporate sector as part of the Continuing Professional Development provision and is an active researcher and consultant to many domestic and sexual abuse projects locally, nationally and internationally. She leads a core team of internationally known and respected lecturers/researchers and is leading the development of the new University of Worcester ‘Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse’.

Ruth has been recognised for her work in the domestic and sexual abuse sector with a number of awards including an award for the best piece of Applied Social Research (2010). She was awarded the title of Worcestershire Woman of the Year in 2011 and named as an ‘inspirational woman of Europe’ in 2012. She is a University of Worcester Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ruth will thank speakers and close the event.