Actress and Campaigner Lynda Bellingham to Receive University of Worcester Fellowship

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Actress and campaigner, Lynda Bellingham, is to receive a Fellowship from the University of Worcester, to be presented at the launch of a new national centre focused on preventing violence and abuse.

Lynda, who has talked and written extensively about her own experiences of violence, will perform the official opening of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) at the University on June 20.

“I am very honoured to receive this Fellowship from the University of Worcester,” she said. “The University has made it very clear that it supports all the work done on behalf of domestic violence.

“Having experienced violence myself I am a firm believer in the continued fight for everyone to feel safe in their own homes. It is vital that society recognises the danger to women from violence in the home and we must work to make it unacceptable on any count.

“Men and children are victims of domestic violence too; it seeps into the fabric of our lives. It is important also that bosses are able to understand if an employee is struggling to deal with any sort of abuse at home. It affects every fibre of family life. No one should ever feel afraid in their own home; never.”

The launch will also feature Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable, Louisa Rolfe, who is the national policing lead for domestic abuse.

Ruth Jones OBE, Director of the NCSPVA at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted that Lynda has accepted the Fellowship and will perform the official opening of the Centre for us.

“Launching NCSPVA is a natural and exciting progression of the work we have done over the last 10 years to raise the levels of research, awareness and understanding in violence and abuse, 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.”

Ruth was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Throughout her distinguished career, she has played an instrumental role in championing education, research and support services both in the UK and internationally.