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Durham University

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA)


Access to Justice? Research Launch Event

The experiences of the Criminal Justice System by people who have a learning disability and who have experienced sexual violence
Webinar co-organised by CRiVA and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

10am - 12noon BST, Wednesday 23rd September
Booking essential:

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and Durham University have worked alongside Northumbria Police to carry out research into the experiences of the Criminal Justice System by people who have a learning disability and who have experienced sexual violence.

This research investigated how people with learning disabilities might be better supported through the Criminal Justice System when reporting sexual assault and/or rape. The research is an exploratory local study in the Northumbria police force area and involved case analysis of police data; alongside interviews with service users and key stakeholders.

At this event we will present key findings from the research and explore the next steps in the journey to ensuring justice and safety for people who have a learning disability.

Past events

CRiVA Webinar with Yasmin Kutub (University College Cork, Ireland), 21st July 2020
Coercion or culture? Conceptualisations and perceptions of forced marriage in Ireland

CRiVA Webinar with Prof Catherine Donovan, Dr Angela Wilcock, Chris Cunnington-Shore and Dr Jo Easton, 30th June 2020
The training needs of magistrates in relation to domestic abuse (Download the research report here)

CRiVA Webinar with Kjersti Draugedalen (University of South Eastern Norway), 26th May 2020
Teachers' possibilities to detect and intervene towards children who display harmful sexual behaviour in primary school

CRiVA Webinar with Nicole Ovesen (Uppsala University, Sweden), 12th May 2020
The unintelligible victim: Intimate partner violence and help-seeking in lesbian and queer relationships in Sweden

CRiVA Event with Project DAWSA: Innovative approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic abuse
28th January 2020, Speakers:

  • Professor Nicole Westmarland, Durham University
  • Detective Superintendent Deborah Alderson (DAWSA Project Director)
  • Neil Blacklock (Development Director), Respect
  • Victoria Cousins (Director) - Make a Change
  • Denise Lloyd (MATAC Manager), Northumbria Police
  • Rosie Jarvis (National Programme Lead), DRIVE programme
  • Heather Lewicki (Business Analyst), Northumbria Police

CRiVA Seminar with Professor Leandro Ayres França (Faculdade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
21st October 2019
The non-consensual sharing of intimate images in Brazil

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) Information, Networking & Learning Event Durham
Hosted by CRiVA, 15th October 2019

CRiVA Seminar with Dr Kate Farhall (RMIT University, Australia), 8th October 2019
"Everyone knows your business!": Understanding the workplace–domestic violence nexus outside of large cities

CRiVA Seminar with Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne, Australia), 15th July 2019
#MeToo - Contesting the boundaries of sexual violence?

Responding to sexual violence - Insights from Australia and New Zealand, 27th June 2019
'Unpicking the ‘Myth of Masculinity’ – Next Steps for Sexual Violence Prevention?'
Professor Nicola Gavey (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
'Visuality, Criminality and Image-Based Sexual Abuse Perpetration'
Associate Professor Nicola Henry (RMIT University, Australia)

VictimFocus Learning Academy Durham Launch Conference, 24th June 2019
With Dr. Jessica Eaton

CRiVA Public Lecture with Harriet Wistrich (Centre for Women's Justice), 24th January 2019
How the criminal justice system fails victims and punishes survivors, and what feminist lawyers can do about it

CRiVA/Centre for Social Justice and Community Action Public Lecture with Dr. Victoria Canning (University of Bristol), 21st January 2019
‘I’m just no good’: the internalisation of degradation for women seeking asylum in Britain, Denmark and Sweden

Responding to Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Next steps for law, policy and practice
12th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, Thought Foundation (Birtley), 26th November 2018, Speakers:

CRiVA Public Lecture with Dr. Ava Kanyeredzi (University of East London), 15th October 2018
Race, Culture, Gender and Space in Experiences of Violence and Abuse

CRiVA Seminar with Tully O'Neill (RMIT University, Australia), 19th July 2018
“I Need Community”: Examining the Experiences of Victim-Survivors using reddit in the Aftermath of Sexual Violence

A/Prof Jan Jordan (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Prof Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University) and Dr Fiona Vera-Gray (Durham Law School) in Conversation
CRiVA Seminar, 9th July 2018
Feminist Self Defence: Victim Blaming or Rape Prevention?

CRiVA Workshop with Silke Grygier, 7th June 2018
Not the Only One: How Can we Support Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

CRiVA Public Seminar with Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University, Australia), 30th April 2018
Image-Based Sexual Abuse: The Australian Experience

CRiVA Public Lecture with John Drew, 17th January 2018.
Child Protection and Safeguarding: Time to Change Course.
John Drew is Chair of Medway Safeguarding Children Board and a past Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board. In 2015/6 he conducted an Independent Review of South Yorkshire Police’s handling of child sexual exploitation in the light of the Rotherham scandal.

Engaging men and boys in preventing sexual and domestic violence
11th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, 27th November 2017, Speakers:

  • Prof Keith Pringle (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Prof Nicole Westmarland (Durham University)
  • Stephen Burrell (Durham University)
  • Lisa Charlotte Davis and Pollyanna Turner (Changing Relations)
  • Clarissa Humphreys (Durham University)

CRiVA Open Lecture with Professor Evan Stark, 19th June 2017
What About the Children? The Continuum of Coercive Control

CRiVA Conference with the N8 Policing Research Partnership, 12th June 2017
Lessons from Duluth and Beyond: Policing Domestic Abuse as Part of a Coordinated Community Response, Speakers:

  • Melissa Scaia (Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women, Co-Founder of Domestic Violence Turning Points, and former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, "the Duluth Model")
  • Scott Miller (Coordinated Community Response Organizer for Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs in Duluth, MN and coordinator of the Men’s Non-Violence Program at DAI.

CRiVA Public Lecture with Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs (CWASU, London Metropolitan University), 24th April 2017
Money Matters - Financial Abuse Within Intimate Relationships in the UK

CRiVA Seminar with Dr Caterina Peroni (University of Padua, Italy), 21st February 2017
The Italian Feminist Movement and its response to Violence Against Women

CRiVA Public Lecture with A/Prof Michael Flood (University of Wollongong, Australia), 8th December 2016
Is Gender Equality Good for Men?
Watch a video of the lecture - Download Dr Flood's presentation slides

Sexual and Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships
10th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, 30th November 2016, Speakers:

  • Prof Catherine Donovan (University of Sunderland)
  • Kate Butterworth (Durham University)
  • Eve Sharp (Trainer, therapist and IDVA for LGBT domestic abuse)
  • Dr Rebecca Barnes (University of Leicester)
  • Richard Bliss (Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services)
  • Jack Cummings and Donna Murray (Hart Gables, Hartlepool)
  • Janice Stevenson (LGBT Youth Scotland)

CRiVA Seminar - Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK, 17th October 2016, Speakers:

  • Susan Mansaray (Purple Rose BME women's organisation)
  • Shabina Begum (lawyer and human rights activist)

CRiVA Symposium - Shouting Back: Street Harassment, Bodies and Justice,13th October 2016, Speakers:

  • Dr Fiona Vera-Gray (Durham Law School)
  • Dr Bianca Fileborn (La Trobe University, Australia)

CRiVA Seminar with Prof Maria Eriksson (Mälardalen University, Sweden), 21st April 2016
Children and domestic violence: Enabling children’s rights to protection, provision and participation

CRiVA Seminar with Prof Maria Eriksson (Mälardalen University, Sweden), 12th April 2016
Two steps forward and one step back? Ten years of efforts to combat men’s violence against women in Sweden

CRiVA Seminar with Dr Kerstin Edin and Dr Eva Skåreus (Umeå University, Sweden), 8th March 2016
Art and arts informed research regarding intimate partner violence in relation to pregnancy

Special Preview Performances of 'Rattle Snake'
14th December 2015 at St Aidan's College, Durham University and 17th December 2015 at Live Theatre Studio, Newcastle

  • Rattle Snake is a play by Open Clasp, which has been developed as part of a project with Durham University and Durham Constabulary to train all front-line officers in Durham about the impact of coercive controlling behaviours. It is inspired by women who put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories and based on research by CRiVA with Durham Constabulary.
  • Written by Catrina McHugh, Directed by Charlotte Bennett
  • Funded by Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • “I attended your play yesterday and it blew my socks off! Very emotive topic and excellently portrayed by the two tremendously talented actors. This was, by a country mile, the most engaging, impactive and thought provoking training session I have had in my fourteen year career in the police.” - PC Tony Miley, Durham Constabulary

Sexual Violence Against Older People
9th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, 30th November 2015, Speakers:

  • Dr Julie McGarry (University of Nottingham)
  • Bridget Penhale (University of East Anglia)
  • Richinda Taylor (CEO, EVA Women’s Aid)
  • Hannah Bows (Durham University)

'The Hunting Ground’ Film Screenings, 28th October and 23rd November 2015.
At Durham and Queen's Campuses. A discussion about the film followed, as part of the external consultation of the Durham University Sexual Violence Task Force. Organised by CRiVA and Gender and Law at Durham.

CRiVA Postgraduate Research Snapshot, 23rd September 2015, Speakers:

  • Kate Butterworth ‘Police responses to same-sex partner abuse victims’
  • Maggie McDowell ‘How is women's homelessness governed in contemporary society?’
  • Stephen Burrell ‘How do young men understand and use domestic violence primary prevention campaigns?’
  • Josie Phillips ‘Me and my worker’: Perspectives of young people, safe carers, and practitioners on developing relationships in child sexual abuse intervention’
  • Kelly Henderson ‘The role of housing in tackling domestic abuse as part of a co-ordinated community response’
  • Kirsten Hall ‘Introduction to forthcoming research on children, domestic violence and housing’

CRiVA Workshop: The Role of Men and Boys in Preventing Violence Against Women, 13th July 2015
Speaker: Michael Conroy (A Call to Men UK)

Sexual Violence Task Force - Launch Meeting, 7th July 2015, Speakers:

  • Prof Graham Towl (Durham University Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Warden)
  • Ron Hogg (Durham Police and Crime Commissioner)
  • Joy Easterby (Darlington and Co. Durham Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre)
  • The Durham ‘It Happens Here’ Campaign
  • Millie Tanner (incoming President, Durham Students' Union)
  • The second half of the meeting took the form of a 'listening event' workshop, coordinated by CRiVA

Policing Domestic Abuse – What Does ‘Justice’ Look Like?
CRiVA Conference with Durham Constabulary, 4th June 2015, Speakers:

  • Ron Hogg (Durham Police and Crime Commissioner)
  • Mike Barton (Durham Constabulary Chief Constable)
  • Prof Nicole Westmarland, Prof Clare McGlynn, and Clarissa Humphreys (Durham University)
  • Prof Lawrence Sherman and Dr Heather Strang (Cambridge University)

CRiVA Lecture: Police Use of Discretion in Responding to Domestic Abuse, 20th May 2015
Speaker: Kelly Johnson (Durham University)

CRiVA Workshop: ‘Promoting Positive Masculinities at University’: The Good Lad Workshop, 28th April 2015
Speaker: Nik Kirby (The Good Lad Initiative)

Project Mirabal Launch Conference: Domestic Violence Perpetrators - Changing the Story
13th January 2015, Stoke Newington Town Hall and 15th January 2015, Durham Town Hall
Two conferences, exactly the same, were held to mark the end of our research on domestic violence perpetrator programmes. Speakers:

  • Members of the Project Mirabal Team: Prof Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University), Prof Nicole Westmarland (Durham University) and Dr Natasha Howard (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Other speakers: Prof Catherine Donovan (Sunderland University), Dr Rebecca Barnes (Leicester University), Prof David Gadd (Manchester University) and Jo Todd (CEO, Respect)

Sexual Violence on Campus
8th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, 17th November 2014, Speakers:

  • Dr Alison Phipps (University of Sussex)
  • Prof Renate Klein (London Metropolitan University)
  • Susuanna Antubam (NUS National Women's Officer)
  • Elizabete Smildzina and Fiona Smailes (Durham 'It Happens Here' campaign)
  • Jo Sharpen (AVA - Against Violence and Abuse)
  • Ellie Hutchinson (Scottish Women's Aid)
  • Dr Rachel Fenton and Dr Helen Mott (University of West England)

CRiVA Lecture: 'Peeling back the wallpaper to our lives’: Challenging problematic representation in pop culture, Thursday 13th November 2014
Speakers: Ikamara Larasi and Lia Latchford (Rewind and Reframe)

Transformative Feminist Methods Conference, 10th September 2014
Keynote speaker: Prof Sandra Harding (University of California)

CRiVA Discussion Meeting, 25th June 2014, Speakers:

  • Karen Pitcher: 'Assessing adolescents with harmful sexual behaviours: the challenge of developmental transition'
  • Hannah Bows: 'Sexual violence against older women'
  • Sarah Wydall: 'Examining a coordinated community response to domestic violence aimed at empowering victims and tackling perpetrators'

CRiVA Discussion Meeting, 4th March 2014
Open discussion on 'Bystander Intervention Programmes' which have been imported from North America and recently rolled out in universities in Scotland

CRiVA Discussion Meeting, 5th February 2014
Discussion focused on 'sexual consent and young people' (Coy, Kelly et al.) and the 'troubled families agenda' and domestic violence (Stephen Crossley)

Sexual Violence Online: Campaigning - Surviving - Offending - Victimising - Responding - Preventing - Supporting - Changing
7th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, 18th November 2013, Speakers:

  • Dr Mariann Hardey (Durham University)
  • Dr Kovila Coopamootoo, Martin Emms and Dr Budi Arief (Newcastle University)
  • Prof Nicole Westmarland, Dawn Branley, Mehzeb Chowdhury and Richard Wistow (Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse)
  • Jo Costello and Samm Goodall (Ending Victimisation and Blame)
  • Fiona Smailes (Tyneside Rape Crisis Centre)
  • Kay Davies (Rape Crisis England and Wales)

CRiVA Discussion Meeting, 13th November 2013
Teen violence: is it increasing? Does it mirror adult violence and abuse? Has the expansion of the government definition changed anything?

CRiVA Discussion Meeting, 18th September 2013
What would an ideal multi-agency response to violence and abuse look like? Are MARACs and MAPPAs appropriate responses?