Ruth Jones OBE


Principal Lecturer of Paramedic Science and Physician Associates

Department of Social Work and Paramedic Science

Contact Details

tel: 01905 85 2355

Ruth is a Principal Lecturer of Department of Paramedic Science and Physician Associates in the School of Allied Health and Community. She leads a staff team who are passionate about Paramedic Science and teaching, learning and research in relation to it. Ruth’s specialisms are gender-based violence and abuse, emotional / psychological trauma, gender and gender equality, and she works locally, nationally and internationally for statutory agencies, voluntary organisations, educational establishments and the corporate sector on behalf of the University of Worcester and independently.

Ruth’s work has been recognised with a number of awards including Worcestershire Woman of the Year (2011) and Woman Inspiring Europe (2012) and she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 for services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. She accepted that award on behalf of all who have experienced gender-based violence and those who work to support them.


2018 - Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga to trauma survivors
2018 - Yoga Teacher Training
2017 - PG Certificate: Creative Writing
2016 - Certificate in Editing and Proofreading Publications
2013 Postgraduate Certificate: Academic Course Leaders Programme
2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Family Law and Expert Witness Testimony
2012 Certificate in Family Law
2011 Postgraduate Certificate In Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2010 A1 Assessor Award
2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods
2001 BA (Hons) Sociology & Women's Studies

Teaching & Research

Ruth is a Principal Lecturer, teaching research methods and dissertations workshops for Paramedic Science, and was the founder of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) (later the Centre for Violence Prevention). She is a Higher Education Academy Fellow.

Research interests

Professional Experience

Brief Employment History

  • Senior Lecturer Applied Social Science University of Worcester
  • Training Manager Asha Women's Centre Worcester
  • Training Manager Relate Worcestershire
  • Training Officer Sandwell Against Domestic Violence Project
  • Development Worker Worcester and Malvern Women's Aid
  • Volunteer work Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Probations and The Foundation (sexual health)
    Vice Chair National Childbirth Trust

Membership of subject associations and professional bodies

  • Associate and Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Forum
  • Gender and Development Network Violence Against Women Working Group
  • Beacons Development Centre
  • Crown Prosecution Gender Based Violence Panel
  • UN Women
  • Institute of Legal Executives
  • West Midlands Regional Anti Trafficking Group
  • Queens University Belfast Domestic Violence Research Special Interest Group
  • Scottish Gender Based Violence Research Group
  • Parent Abuse Network
  • NSPCC Children, Young People and Families Research Group
  • International Family Aggression Society
  • Women's Aid Federation of England
  • British Sociological Association Violence Against Women Study Group
  • Amnesty International
  • Rape Crisis England and Wales
  • UK Universities Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Working Group
  • Worcestershire Domestic Abuse Workforce Development Group
  • UK Universities Bystander Training Expert Advisory Pane


Jones, R. et al (2014) Response to Murray, R. (2014) Practical Strategies for writing for Publication: Its not just about time International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
2012 Book Review: Violent Fathering and the Risks to Children: The Need for Change Network summer 2012 British Sociological Association
Jones, R. (2011) A Training Programme for working with Abusive men in Fiji Really MAD & the University of the South Pacific
Jones, R. (2010) The Crime Of Domestic Violence in Criminology Matters Vol. 4
Jones, R. (2010) Sexual Violence Training and Resource Pack for Health Professionals Coventry PCT
Jones, R. (2010) Sexual Violence Workers Handbook Worcestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre
Jones, R. (2008) Domestic Violence: Supporting Women and Asking the Question Chapter 11 in Edwins, J. (2008) Community Midwifery Practice Blackwell
Jones, R. (2006) A Subject worthy of in depth study in Community Care June 19th 2006
Jones, R. (2005) Healthy relationships: A PHSE programme Relate Central
Jones, R. (2004) Domestic Violence Resource Pack Sandwell Council
Jones, R. (2001) Multi Agency Domestic Violence Guidelines Sandwell council 2nd edition


2014 Evaluation of the Freedom Programme for Professionals Worcestershire County Council
2014 Evaluation of the Make the Change Voluntary Perpetrator Programme Somerset County Council
2011 An evaluation of Worcestershire Safeguarding Childrens Board Pilot implementation of Return Interviews for Children who go Missing from Home or Care
2011 A Review of Domestic Abuse Services in Staffordshire County Council
2010 Training package and care pathways for front line workers in relation to sexual violence Coventry PCT
2010 A Needs and Gaps Analysis to Inform the Development of Sexual Violence Strategy in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin Councils
2009 The Feasibility of developing a MRES (Master of Research) course at the University of Worcester
2009 Research into the Student Experience University of Worcester
2009 An Evaluation of Walsall Domestic Abuse Response Team
2009 An Audit of Domestic Abuse Training Provision, Effectiveness and Gaps in Worcestershire Worcestershire County Council
2004 Healthy Relationships Programme Relate

Most recent conference presentations

2014 Crime and the Criminal Justice Process in West Mercia University of Worcester (Convener)
2014 The ISVA Toolkit Rape Crisis England and Wales National conference
2013 Violence and Abuse perpetrated by young people against parents West Mercia Women's Aid Annual General Meeting
2013 Co-convener and Chair - Research in Focus Conference: Policy, People and Practice University of Worcester
2013 The Impact of domestic violence on children and parent/child relationships - Event Convener closing comments University of Worcester
2013 The future of the ISVA: Practice and Professional Identity Northern ISVA Professional Development Conference
2013 Presentation and commentary: Conceptualising Gender based violence for Research Policy and Practice Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
2013 Violence and Abuse Against those with disabilities- Event Convener and opening comments University of Worcester
2013 Domestic Violence: Policy & Practice in England & Wales Moscow City Pedagogical University Moscow, Russia
2013 Stalking: Know the Law Use the Law (Convener) University of Worcester
2013 the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse Worcestershire Centre for Health and Wellbeing University of Worcester
2013 Coalition Government Policy and Ideology and the impact on Domestic abuse services Warwick University
2012 West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioners Hustings event
2012 National Occupational Standards and the ISVA Qualification Rape Crisis of England & Wales National Conference
2012 Domestic Violence: What the Research Tells us Herefordshire Safeguarding Childrens Board Annual Conference Hereford
2011 Rape Crisis Centres: What we know and why we need them Launch of Hereford Rape Crisis Centre Hereford Town Hall
2011 Domestic Violence in the UK: Lessons Learnt Domestic Violence Conference & panel discussion University of the South Pacific Fiji
2011 Researching Domestic Violence: What we have learnt through research in the UK and how we can take this forward Domestic Violence Conference University of the South Pacific Fiji
2011 Parent Abuse Parenting Symposium Queens University Belfast