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Violence Against Women and Girls: Research into Practice

Great Hall, Sutherland Building


 Violence Against Women and Girls: Research into Practice

Hosted by Northumbria University’s Gendered Violence and Abuse Interdisciplinary Research Theme and Centre for Crime and Policing.

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on how research about Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is, and can be, used in practice.

It will explore the complex relationships between research, policy and practice and will address, in relation to VAWG, questions such as:  

  • How can academic research be most useful for effecting change in policy and professional practice? 
  • How can practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers collaborate productively?  
  • What kinds of research are most impactful in effecting progressive social change?  

Featuring presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners it will showcase some of the innovative work of Northumbria University staff, as well as contributions from leading advocates in the VAWG sector more widely.  The conference will appeal to scholars including Postgraduate Researchers, practitioners and professionals, activists, policy- and decision-makers working to tackle and bring an end to VAWG. 

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Rosie Lewis - Independent VAWG consultant and activist specialising in work with marginalised women and children
  • Dr. Patricia Canning & Dr. Kirsty Blewitt - "We aren’t here to referee domestics": An analysis of victims' and survivors' experiences of police interactions in domestic abuse cases.
  • Dr. Claire Dosdale - ‘Health practitioners and rape myths: Using research to inform practice’

and more to be confirmed...

Also featuring a panel discussion on the use of arts-based approaches in research and practice around gender-based violence. Panel will host:

  • Padma Rao, Project manager and resident artist at Sangini
  • Dr. Helen Mort, Manchester Met university 
  • Jo-Jo Kirtley, Founder and artistic director of Workie Ticket Theatre
  • More to be confirmed... 

Image of the LOVE? film poster. Depicting a woman standing alone

Pre-conference film screening -  Tuesday 28th November 

We will be screening LOVE?  A film by Jason Figgis, October Eleven Pictures, written by Sam Beckinsale, who is a Patron of the Broxtowe Women's Project. The powerful film tackles the complex issues surrounding coercive control and the impacts it leaves. The screening is free to attend but we ask that you please register here 

The conference is fully subscribed. If you would like to join a waiting list please click here.     

Event Details

Great Hall, Sutherland Building
Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne


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