Beverley Gilbert


Senior Lecturer, Domestic & Sexual Violence


Contact Details

tel: 01905 542543

Beverley is Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor for the MA Understanding Domestic and Sexual Abuse programme. She has been teaching at the University of Worcester since 2011.

Beverley has 30 years of experience working within the criminal justice system.  She was a Police Officer in Birmingham deployed in various uniform and plain clothes roles, including as Family Protection Officer. As a Probation Officer, Beverley worked with individuals who posed a high risk of causing harm, including perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.  She was a semi specialist officer working with custodial cases, including those serving Life Sentences and Indeterminate Sentence prisoners.

Beverley has been a sessional Expert Domestic Violence Risk Assessor for DViP in London and is the Founding Director, Operations & Risk Manager of Cohort 4, a Social Enterprise organisation, offering peer support for women with multiple and complex needs in North Warwickshire.  She is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs after a 12 month studentship in 2015. In 2018 she received an award from the High Sheriff of Warwickshire in recognition of her work for the community of Warwickshire in supporting women facing disadvantage and isolation.

Beverley is working internationally connected to gender based and domestic violence. She is an Individual UK Member of WAVE (Women Against Violence in Europe).  She is author of the Malta Government’s Multi Agency Risk Assessment Meeting guidelines (MARAM) and author of the Full Cooperation: Zero Violence Professionals’ Train the Trainer package, regarding multi agency best practice with those experiencing gender based and domestic violence.

Beverley co-wrote and delivered gender based and domestic violence training to over 700 Malta professionals during regular visits to Malta in 2017/18. This was as partner in an EU funded, two year, multi agency, gender based violence and domestic violence programme: Full Cooperation Zero Violence. She is currently evaluating the country’s MARAM process linked to Malta’s ratification of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention.


  • Currently a PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Research: Examining peer mentoring in England with women who have multiple and complex needs.
  • 2016 MA Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Abuse. University of Worcester
  • 2015 Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2015 (FHEA)
  • 2010 MA Ethics: Policing and Criminal Justice. Keele University
  • 2007 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence. University of Worcester (merit)
  • 2003 BA (hons) Community Justice (2:1), Diploma in Probation Studies. University of Birmingham

Teaching & Research

Teaching (MA Understanding Domestic & Sexual Violence)

DVSM 4001 Theoretical Perspectives on Gender, Violence and Interpersonal Relationships    
DVSM 4004 Public Health Responses to Violence and Managing Perpetrators  DVSM 4006 Dissertation


Women surviving abuse and women survivor peer support workers/professionals      
Male perpetration of domestic violence, interventions and desistance from crime     
Time to survive the lived experience of domestic and/or sexual violence      
Multi agency practice in the field of gender based and domestic violence      
Social enterprise and the benefits to disadvantaged communities

Professional Bodies

Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Recent Publications

Gilbert, B. and O’Dowd, K. (2019) ‘Emotion, time, and the voice of women affected by the criminal justice process: Corston and the Female Offender Strategy’, in British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 15(1): 19-30

O’Dowd, K. and Gilbert, B. (2016) ‘The power that comes from women supporting women’, in Ready, Steady, Go Magazine, Women In Prison, Autumn 2016 edition

Gilbert, B., and Smith, E. (2016) A research evaluation of the current social and recreational provision for young people and consideration for their future needs: Ansley Village, North Warwickshire. Warwickshire: The Ley Group

Ellis, J. and Gilbert, B. (2015) A Review of Relationship Education in Worcestershire Schools. NCSPVA University of Worcester

Jones, R. and Gilbert, B. (2014) An Evaluation of the Freedom Programme for Professionals. Worcester: University of Worcester 

Jones, R., and Gilbert, B. (2013) An Evaluation of the Somerset "Make The Change" Voluntary Programme for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Worcester: University of Worcester

Gilbert, B. (2013) 'Public Protection? The implications of Grayling's 'Transforming Rehabilitation' agenda on the safety of women and children.' in The British Journal of Community Justice, Vol:11(2/3) Winter 2013

External Roles

  • Founder, Operations & Risk Manager Cohort 4
  • Individual UK Member of WAVE (Women Against Violence in Europe)
  • Member of Agenda/AVA’s Community of Practice – women’s community sector