International Expert to Speak at Domestic Violence Conference

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One of the world’s leading Domestic Violence experts has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the latest event leading up to the launch of the University of Worcester’s National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse.

Professor Evan Stark, Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Public Health at Rutgers University, Newark, USA, who is in the UK on a visiting professorship hosted by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at Edinburgh University and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, will be speaking on the topic at the University of Worcester Arena’s Conference Room on October 8th.

Professor Stark was the founder of one of the USA’s first shelters for abused women in the 1980s, and since then has developed his international reputation as an author and researcher into the legal, policy and health dimensions of interpersonal violence.

This work has included serving as an expert in more than 100 criminal and civil cases, including Nicholson v. Williams, a successful federal class action suit against New York City that made it unconstitutional to remove children from mothers solely because they had been victims of domestic violence.

Ruth Jones, Senior Lecturer in Domestic and Sexual Violence at the University of Worcester, and Worcestershire Woman of the Year 2011, says: “We are thrilled that Professor Stark has agreed to speak at our event. He is internationally respected for his work on domestic violence and is recognised as an inspirational speaker.”

Other speakers at the event include Emma Katz, Teaching Fellow in Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University, and the University of Worcester’s Dr Jane Ellis, who will speak on the prevention of domestic violence via school-based programmes.

Ruth Jones continues: “The event is designed to raise awareness and knowledge about domestic violence and to provide information about research developments and how these impact upon professional practice.

“We look forward to welcoming domestic violence service providers, service users and multi-agency professionals with an interest in domestic violence and a commitment to supporting and protecting survivors and working towards prevention. The event is also aimed at students studying on courses such as Domestic and Sexual Violence, Social Welfare, Social Work, Psychology, Education and Health.”

The event will take place between 9am and 2pm Tuesday October 8th, at the University Arena Conference Room. Full booking cost is £50, with a reduced fee of £40 available for those who book before 5pm on Friday September 20th.

The event will cost £20 for University of Worcester staff and students. To book, or for more information, contact Naomi Rusher at

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