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University Appoints Ruth Jones OBE Director of New National Centre

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Ruth Jones OBE has been named as the Founding Director of the University of Worcester’s National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA), which will officially launch on June 20.

Ruth, who was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, will lead the strategic development of the Centre which will play a significant role in the continuing education of practitioners and professionals.

As Director, Ruth will lead the Centre as it campaigns to raise public and professional awareness of how to prevent violence and abuse and to support victims. The National Centre will make a major national contribution to public discussion and local, national and international policy formation whilst undertaking research to establish the evidence and then develop, disseminate and evaluate best practice interventions.

Ruth Jones OBE says: “We have been providing taught courses, research and evaluation; knowledge transfer and consultancy on domestic and sexual violence at the University of Worcester for almost ten years and with great success.

“Our work has achieved local, national and international recognition and we have been awarded a number of accolades along the way; the latest being the OBE.

“Launching NCSPVA is a natural and exciting progression of this work and one which will allow us to not only continue with our work on domestic and sexual violence but expand and encompass wider and cutting issues of violence and abuse.

“Our vision is to create a centre of excellence that will make a significant contribution to knowledge, knowledge transfer, evidence based policy and practice and ultimately to prevention.”

Throughout her distinguished career, Ruth has played an instrumental role in championing education, research and support services both in the UK and internationally.

Having previously worked for organisations such as Worcester and Malvern Women’s Aid, Relate, Worcester Refuge, Sandwell Against Domestic Violence Project and Worcester’s Asha Women’s Centre, Ruth has been lecturing at the University of Worcester since 2001.

She designed the UK’s first postgraduate professional qualifications in domestic violence; and in advocacy for victims of sexual violence and is currently developing the first university level course for Sexual violence Crisis Workers.

Ruth been recognised locally, nationally and internationally for her work, including the award for best UK Universities Applied Researcher (2010). She was awarded the title of Worcestershire Woman of the Year in 2011 and named as a Woman Inspiring Europe in 2012.

She collected her OBE from HM The Queen at a Buckingham Palace investiture last month.

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, said: “The University of Worcester actively supports those who are the victims of domestic and sexual abuse and violence.

“We are deeply committed to providing the most relevant possible courses for the volunteers and professionals who work in this important field. We are equally committed to doing all we can to research how best to prevent such violence from occurring in the first place.

“Ruth has been carrying out inspirational work for many years and we are delighted to be launching this new Centre with Ruth as its Founding Director. I am sure it will make a real difference for the good for many people, children as well as adults.”