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Professor Liz Gilchrist (Academic Lead)

Professor Liz Gilchrist Professor Elizabeth Gilchrist is the Academic Head of Psychology, Criminology and the Centre for Violence Prevention (CVP). As a Registered Forensic Psychologist, her primary research interest is in the area of domestic violence, with particular focus on risk assessment.

She has been involved in training post graduate forensic psychologists since 1996 and is a member of various forensic and professional committees within the British Psychological Society.

Professor Gilchrist is also recognised as an expert in the area of domestic violence and child protection.

She is a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, a recognised training provider for the Risk Management Authority, and is Chair of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation.

Professor Erica Bowen (Research)

Prof Erica Bowen is Professor of Violence Prevention Research, and has been appointed in order to lead the centre’s research strategy.

Erica has been researching issues concerning the prevention of intimate partner violence and abuse since 2000, during which time she has conducted evaluations of pre-existing interventions for male perpetrators in probation; written innovative strengths-based interventions delivered in the community, and developed innovative technology-based interventions to prevent adolescent dating violence.

Erica is a Registered Forensic Psychologist (HCPC) having worked as an expert witness to family court proceedings concerning risk of domestic violence, and also having worked in an open prison assessing violent and sexual offenders.

Erica is also a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her current research interests concern intimate partner violence in learning disabled populations; children’s resilience to inter-parental violence, and reconceptualising risk for intimate partner violence.

Claire Richards MA (Senior Lecturer)

Claire RichardsClaire Richard’s ongoing commitment to personal and professional development is evident in her dealings and contact with students and colleagues on a personal and professional basis. Claire has a lively interest in human rights issues, particularly regarding the rights of children. She attended the 60th Session on the Commission of Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva when she campaigned for a world moratorium on the death penalty, which also affects children in other countries who could be executed for crimes through and adult court system.

In a previous role, Claire developed and implemented a multi-agency strategy for dealing with domestic abuse concerns in Worcestershire, she also formulated a comprehensive programme of training for statutory and voluntary sector agencies in promoting and awareness of domestic abuse and related issues of the law in the context of human rights and child protection.

She has considerable experience of multi-agency partnership working, having been employed within the voluntary and statutory sectors. Her roles have varied in the fields of mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse. As a non-practising barrister she remains a committed advocate to the rights of children and young people, and researches and writes extensively about aspects of the voice of the child in the context of the safeguarding children, professional practice and integrated working.  She is engaged with the activities of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and is currently Chair of BASPCAN, the Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect for England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Beverley Gilbert MA (Senior Lecturer)

Beverley GilbertBeverley Gilbert is a lecturer at the CVP who co-wrote the module ‘Perpetrators and Prevention’ which forms part of the University of Worcester Master’s Degree in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence. She is writing the policing modules for the university of Worcester’s Criminology Degree programme.

Beverley has undertaken research evaluation into domestic abuse prevention initiatives around the country and has thirty years of experience in various agencies within the UK criminal justice sector. She is a sessional Expert Domestic Abuse Risk Assessor for the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) in London.

Additionally, Beverley is Director of a non-profit Social Enterprise peer monitoring organisation that supports individuals with convictions being released from prison who are returning to the North Warwickshire community.

Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn (Senior Lecturer) 

Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn Holly has been working in the field of Gender Based Violence for the last 15 years – she initially worked as a Domestic Abuse Officer in the Police, before managing a number of community based services for a large Women's Aid organisation.

Holly has a particular interest in service provision and advocacy. Her PhD evaluated a team of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) based in a Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) to determine the impact they had on prosecution rates and how they interacted with the Police and CPS.

Holly's research interests include criminal justice responses to Gender Based violence, the role of housing in supporting victims of abuse and the development of IDVAs, ISVAs, MARACs and SDVCs.

Jocelyn Anderson (Associate Lecturer)

Jocelyn AndersonJocelyn is a qualified Counsellor and Chief Executive of West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre. She has been working within the sexual violence field since 2001 and has been in post as Chief Officer since 2004. Jocelyn has previously worked for the Youth Offending Service, Youth Support Services, Local Authority and also in private practice; she is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Jocelyn held the post of Secretary for Rape Crisis (England & Wales) and has vast experience of multi-agency strategic planning and working.

She is an Associate Lecturer at the CVP and designs and delivers specialist sexual violence training courses.

Kerrie Best (Associate Lecturer)

Kerrie is a qualified counsellor and volunteer and contracted project manager at West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC). At WMRSASC Kerrie has delivered training and awareness sessions about Sexual Violence in corporate settings, with local authority and health representatives and as part of the team delivering the ‘SELFIE’ education project in secondary schools in West Mercia. She has been working within the sexual violence field since 2009.

Kerrie was previously the head of Learning and Development at The Law Society designing and delivering Management and Leadership Development Training as well as supporting all employees across the business with training, coaching and mentoring. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and has a private counselling practice alongside delivering corporate training as a consultant. Kerrie is an associate lecturer at the NCSPVA and designs and delivers specialist sexual violence training courses.

Pat Haywood (Associate Lecturer)

Pat is an Associate Lecturer within the Centre for Violence Prevention (CVP) at the University of Worcester. She is also a practising Health Visitor working within the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. She has worked within the NHS for 30 years and as a Health Visitor for 20 of those years working with families experiencing domestic abuse and as the link HV for Refuge accommodation supporting mothers and children.

Pat completed her MA in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence at the University of Worcester in November 2014.  Her special area of interest is how domestic abuse affects parenting and its impact on the health of babies and children.

Her research study explored the impact of domestic abuse on the mother- child attachment and the role of the Health Visitor in supporting mothers, and identified how health services need to be more innovative in the identification and delivery of their services in order to be more responsive to the needs of families experiencing domestic abuse.

Kirsty McGregor (Associate Lecturer)

Dr Danielle Stephens-Lewis (Research Fellow & Sessional Lecturer)

Dr Danielle Stephens-LewisDanielle Stephens–Lewis is a Research Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Worcester.

She is a critical health psychologist, with a particular interest in the health outcomes surrounding domestic abuse, sexual violence and child sexual exploitation. Specifically, Dr Stephens-Lewis is interested in the role of gender and discourse within the Western context and how these position individuals in relation to their behaviour.

In addition to her PhD, considering gender and physicality, she has conducted research considering societal constructions of female rape victims, the collateral health impact of child sexual exploitation, victim trajectories and risk assessment, and healthcare professionals’ experiences of professional and personal domestic abuse.

She also has an interest in the development of integrated perpetrator interventions and evidence-based practice, particularly within the community and healthcare setting.

Amy Johnson (Research Assistant)

Amy Johnson has recently finished her Masters in Applied Psychology and has a BSc in Counselling Psychology. She has spent the last year working with the NHS to develop and implement a specialised health service for homeless individuals in Worcester City, focusing particularly on mental health services. Amy’s research has focused on the areas of LGBT and domestic violence, stigmatising attitudes towards individuals with depression and homeless individuals’ health needs. Amy has worked with a range of cliental groups including homeless clients, clients who have mental health issues, individuals with learning disabilities and people who have addictions. Amy is currently working on a project looking at an integrated intervention for males who perpetrate domestic abuse whilst attending substance misuse services.