Professor David Wilson to Deliver University's Inaugural Lynda Bellingham Memorial Lecture

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The University of Worcester’s National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) will bring together leading researchers and experts from across the country for its first annual conference next month.

The Centre was officially launched by Lynda Bellingham OBE last June, and the 2015 conference – titled ‘Violence and Abuse – Cross Cutting Issues’ – will feature a lecture named in honour of the late actress and campaigner, to be delivered by Birmingham City University’s Professor David Wilson.

Professor Wilson, a Professor of Criminology, was formerly the youngest prison governor in England. He worked at Grendon, Wormwood Scrubs and Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, where he designed and ran units for the twelve most violent prisoners in the country.

Since taking up an academic appointment in 1997, Professor Wilson has advised on live police investigations, provided training for those taking charge of murder inquiries, and appeared numerous times in print and on broadcast media as one of the UK’s most respected experts in his field.

On the forthcoming conference, Professor Wilson says: “I am delighted to have been asked to deliver the inaugural Lynda Bellingham Memorial Lecture for the NCSPVA.

“Violence and abuse take many forms and occur within different contexts – from the often hidden and almost private abuse of domestic violence, to the more public and sometimes spectacular murders that dominate our news headlines. 

“The work done by the NCSPVA is therefore vitally important and I am honoured to have been asked to speak at their national conference.”

Among those also speaking at the conference will be Professor Lorraine Radford, of the University of Central Lancashire; leading criminologist Dr Jane Monckton-Smith; Professor Charlie Brooker; and the NCSPVA’s Director, Ruth Jones OBE. Delegates will also be able to watch a screening of Rachel Lewis’ documentary, ‘What Doesn’t Kill Me’.

Ruth Jones OBE explains: “Since the Centre’s launch, almost twelve months ago, we have continued to strive to increase understanding of all forms of violence and abuse, and to stimulate and encourage research into its prevention.

“Our first annual conference, ‘Violence, Abuse and Cross Cutting Issues’, will highlight how violence and abuse can affect different generations, cultures and communities, and will showcase research, policy and practice around this diversity; interventions; and representing the voice of the service users.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Wilson, our other speakers and our delegates to the University for what is sure to be a thought-provoking event.”

The conference will take place on June 17 at the University of Worcester. For further details, or to register your interest, please contact NCSPVA Event Co-ordinator Esther Dobson at or on 01905 542711.

Professor Wilson was the founding Director of the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Applied Criminology. You can find out more about his work by visiting