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Stalking Highlighted at Special Conference at University of Worcester

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When Tricia Bernal’s daughter was killed by a stalker in a London department store in 2005 her life was turned upside down.

Twenty-two-year-old Clare was gunned down in Harvey Nichols where she worked as a beauty consultant. Her killer, Michael Pech, had been stalking her since the breakdown of a relationship.

Mrs Bernal will be re-living this horrific experience during a special one day conference at the University of Worcester next week.

Stalking: Know the Law; Use the Law has been organised by Worcester lecturer Ruth Jones, in a bid to raise awareness about stalking and the law relating to it. The conference is aimed at professionals and students working and studying in the fields of domestic and sexual violence, social welfare, psychology, education and health.

It takes place on Monday, April 15th from 9.30am to 1pm at the University’s St John’s Campus.

Ruth, the University’s Programme Lead for the Centre for the Study of violence and Abuse, said: “We are delighted that Tricia Bernal will be speaking at our conference and giving a mother’s account of such a tragic case of stalking.

“We hope that the conference will give professionals the chance to explore the law and get to know how best it can be used to prevent such incidences.”

The conference will also hear from Sam Taylor, who was stalked by her former partner and gave evidence of her case in Parliament at the Stalking Law Reform campaign, which led to a specific stalking law being introduced in England and Wales on November 25th 2012.

Other speakers at the event include Martin Lakeman, Strategic Co-ordinator for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence for Worcestershire, Laura Richards, Criminal Behaviour Analyst and Advisor, and Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson.

For more information about the event contact Ruth Jones at r.jones@worc.ac.uk