Beverley Gilbert

beverly gilbert

Senior Lecturer: Violence Prevention & Criminology

Department of Violence Prevention, Trauma and Criminology

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542543

Beverley has over 30 years of experience working within the criminal justice system.  She was a Police Officer in Birmingham deployed in various uniform and plain clothes roles, including in plain clothes surveillance roles and as a Detective Family Protection Officer. As a Probation Officer, Beverley worked with individuals who posed a high risk of causing harm, including perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.  She was a semi specialist officer working with custodial cases, including those serving Life and Indeterminate Sentence prisoners. Beverley has been a sessional Expert Domestic Violence Risk Assessor for London based DViP and the Family Courts in the London and Greater London areas.

Beverley works internationally connected to gender based and domestic violence. She is an Individual UK Member of WAVE (Women Against Violence in Europe).  She is author of the Malta Government’s Multi Agency Risk Assessment Meeting guidelines (MARAM) and author of the Full Cooperation: Zero Violence Professionals’ Train the Trainer package, regarding multi agency best practice with those experiencing gender based and domestic violence.

Beverley co-wrote and delivered gender based and domestic violence training to over 700 multi agency professionals during repeat visits to Malta in 2017/18. This was as partner in an EU funded, two year, multi-agency, gender based violence and domestic violence programme: Full Cooperation Zero Violence. She will evaluate the country’s MARAM process linked to Malta’s ratification of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention and has been an expert trainer in 2019 in DASH (2009) Risk Checklist and risk relating to gender based and domestic violence, bringing this tool to Malta’s Social Work, Government Commission on Domestic Violence and Police service.

Beverley is approved as an Individual Member of Women Against Violence in Europe (WAVE) and one of 12 international trainers selected in 2019 for the EU organisation Work with Perpetrators Europe (WWP-E).


  • A PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Research: Examining peer mentoring in England with women who have multiple and complex needs.
  • 2017 SEDA Postgraduate qualification in Leadership
  • 2016 MA Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Abuse. University of Worcester
  • 2015 Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2015 (FHEA)
  • 2010 MA Ethics: Policing and Criminal Justice. Keele University
  • 2003 BA (hons) Community Justice, Diploma in Probation Studies. University of Birmingham

Teaching Interests

Beverley is the Module Lead for post graduate module DSVM 4004 Public Health Responses to Violence and Managing Perpetrators.  She has been author and teacher of our postgraduate MA modules in working with perpetrators since 2011.

She is supervisor for postgraduate students undertaking their Dissertation for MA Understanding Domestic & Sexual Violence

Modules teaching:


  • DSVM 4001 Theoretical Perspectives on Gender, Violence and Interpersonal Relationships


  • CRMN 3003 Professional Practice
  • CRMN 3006 Domestic Abuse
  • CRMN2104 Delivering Rehabilitation
  • SOCG Crime, Race, Gender & Risk

Research Interests

  • Peer mentoring women with multiple and complex needs
  • Community led peer support approached
  • Peer led community approaches for those with convictions or a range of additional needs
  • Violence intervention and effective work with perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • Survival of domestic abuse and the voice of survivor support workers

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of School for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Women Against Violence in Europe (WAVE)

Recent Publications




Gilbert, B. (2020) Exploring the experiences of domestic abuse survivors working in the field of domestic abuse support: Assisting recovery or re-victimization revisited?’ in Journal of Gender Based Violence, Vol 4(1): 73-87.

Gilber, B. and Campagno, E. (2019) ‘Challenges of grass roots women’s organisations in terms of sustainability: Social Enterprise and Peer Mentoring approaches’ in Fempower: Tackling Violence against women in Europe Magazine, Vol 1 (30) :27-29.  Vienna: WAVE.

Gilbert, B. (2019) Expert Domestic abuse risk assessment on Fathers who perpetrate domestic violence, in blog post Association of Child Protection Professionals, published 12/04/2019.

Gilbert, B. (2019) Public Protection? The Implications of Grayling’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ Agenda on the Safety of Women and Children: A Review, 5 Years On. Blog post British Journal of Community Justice online 12/03/19.

Gilbert, B. and O’Dowd, K. (2019) ‘Emotion, time, and the voice of women affected by the criminal justice process: Corston and the Female Offender Strategy’, in British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 15(1): 19-30.

Gilbert, B., and Egginton, R. (2017) ‘The Multiple Impact of Peer Mentoring Within Criminal Justice settings to Mentees, Mentors and to the Wider Community,’ in CL&J Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Vol 181(1): 3-4.

O’Dowd, K. and Gilbert, B. (2016) ‘The power that comes from women supporting women’, in Ready, Steady, Go Magazine, Women In Prison, Autumn 2016 edition

Gilbert, B. (2013) 'Public Protection? The implications of Grayling's 'Transforming Rehabilitation' agenda on the safety of women and children.' in The British Journal of Community Justice, Vol:11(2/3) Winter 2013

Evaluation Reports

Bowen, E., Taylor-Dunn, H., Richards, C., Gilbert, B., Atkinson, T. (2020) Supporting victims of domestic violence who have complex needs: Literature review and evaluation of the EDNA project. (To be released)

Gilbert, B., and Smith, E. (2016) A research evaluation of the current social and recreational provision for young people and consideration for their future needsAnsley Village, North Warwickshire. Warwickshire: The Ley Group.

Ellis, J. and Gilbert, B. (2015) A Review of Relationship Education in Worcestershire Schools. NCSPVA University of Worcester.

Jones, R. and Gilbert, B. (2014) An Evaluation of the Freedom Programme for Professionals. Worcester: University of Worcester .

Jones, R., and Gilbert, B. (2013) An Evaluation of the Somerset "Make The Change" Voluntary Programme for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Worcester: University of Worcester.

External Roles

Beverley is the Founding Director, Operations & Risk Manager of Cohort 4, a peer led Social Enterprise organisation, offering peer support for women with multiple and complex needs in North Warwickshire. 

She is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs after a 12-month competitive application for studentship in 2015.

In 2018 she received an individual award from the High Sheriff of Warwickshire in recognition of her work for the community of Warwickshire in supporting women facing multiple disadvantage and isolation. In 2019 her organisation received two further Warwickshire awards for their work within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).