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Ruth Jones OBE

Principal Lecturer NCSPVA

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 2355

2013 Postgraduate Certificate: Academic Course Leaders Programme
2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Family Law and Expert Witness Testimony
2011 Postgraduate Certificate In Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2010 A1 Assessor Award
2009 Mental Health First Aid Facilitators Certificate
2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods
2008 Training Parent Educators Facilitators Certificate
2005 Pregnancy and Domestic Violence Programme Facilitators Certificate
2004 MA Contemporary Studies: Sociology
2004 The Freedom Programme Facilitators Certificate
2002 7307 Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners
2001 BA (Hons) Sociology & Women’s Studies
1996 Certificate in Accountancy
1996 City &Guilds Information and Learning Technology
1995 Certificate in Business Administration
1987 Diploma in Nursery Nursing



2014 OBE (Order of the British Empire) HM Government
2012 Inspirational Woman of Europe Europe Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
2012 HEA Fellow Higher Education Academy
2011 Worcestershire Woman of Achievement Award
2011 Department of Health National Support Team for Response to Sexual Recognition for Excellence in Research
2010 Winner of Applied Social Research Competition UK Universities

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Specialist teaching, research and consultancy areas

• Domestic Abuse
• Sexual Violence
• Historical perspectives of violence and abuse
• Gender
• The family
• Social Theory
• Research skills
• Social Welfare Services and service user perspectives
• Gender and Development

I am passionate and committed to providing a stimulating and inclusive environment in which to study and understand violence and abuse and its prevention - regardless of who it is perpetrated by, against or between’.

The NCSPVA aims to make a significant contribution to knowledge, knowledge transfer, evidence based policy and practice and ultimately to prevention.


Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Brief Employment History
• Senior Lecturer Applied Social Science University of Worcester
• Training Manager Asha Women’s Centre Worcester
• Training Manager Relate Worcestershire
• Training Officer Sandwell Against Domestic Violence Project
• Development Worker Worcester and Malvern Women’s Aid
• Volunteer work Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Probations and The Foundation (sexual health)
• Vice Chair National Childbirth Trust

Membership of subject associations and professional bodies
• Associate and Fellow of Higher Education Academy
• Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Forum
• Gender and Development Network Violence Against Women Working Group
• Beacons Development Centre
• Crown Prosecution Gender Based Violence Panel
• UN Women
• Institute of Legal Executives
• West Midlands Regional Anti Trafficking Group
• Queens University Belfast Domestic Violence Research Special Interest Group
• Scottish Gender Based Violence Research Group
• Parent Abuse Network
• NSPCC Children, Young People and Families Research Group
• International Family Aggression Society
• Women’s Aid Federation of England
• British Sociological Association Violence Against Women Study Group
• Amnesty International
• Rape Crisis England and Wales
• UK Universities Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Working Group
• Worcestershire Domestic Abuse Workforce Development Group
• UK Universities Bystander Training Expert Advisory Pane



• Jones, R. et al (2014) Response to Murray, R. (2014) Practical Strategies for writing for Publication: It’s not just about time International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
• 2012 Book Review: Violent Fathering and the Risks to Children: The Need for Change Network summer 2012 British Sociological Association
• Jones, R. (2011) A Training Programme for working with Abusive men in Fiji Really MAD & the University of the South Pacific
• Jones, R. (2010) The ‘Crime’ Of Domestic Violence in Criminology Matters Vol. 4
• Jones, R. (2010) Sexual Violence Training and Resource Pack for Health Professionals Coventry PCT
• Jones, R. (2010) Sexual Violence Workers Handbook Worcestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre
• Jones, R. (2008) Domestic Violence: Supporting Women and Asking the Question Chapter 11 in Edwins, J. (2008) Community Midwifery Practice Blackwell
• Jones, R. (2006) A Subject worthy of in depth study in Community Care June 19th 2006
• Jones, R. (2005) Healthy relationships: A PHSE programme Relate Central
• Jones, R. (2004) Domestic Violence Resource Pack Sandwell Council
• Jones, R. (2001) Multi Agency Domestic Violence Guidelines Sandwell council 2nd edition


• 2014 Evaluation of the Freedom Programme for Professionals Worcestershire County Council
• 2014 Evaluation of the ‘Make the Change’ Voluntary Perpetrator Programme Somerset County Council
• 2011 An evaluation of Worcestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board Pilot implementation of Return Interviews for Children who go Missing from Home or Care
• 2011 A Review of Domestic Abuse Services in Staffordshire Staffordshire County Council
• 2010 Taining package and care pathways for front line workers in relation to sexual violence Coventry PCT
• 2010 A Needs and Gaps Analysis to Inform the Development of Sexual Violence Strategy in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin Councils
• 2009 The Feasibility of developing a MRES (Master of Research) course at the University of Worcester
• 2009 Research into the Student Experience University of Worcester
• 2009 An Evaluation of Walsall Domestic Abuse Response Team
• 2009 An Audit of Domestic Abuse Training Provision, Effectiveness and Gaps in Worcestershire Worcestershire County Council
• 2004 ‘Healthy Relationships Programme’ Relate

Most recent conference presentations

• 2014 Crime and the Criminal Justice Process in West Mercia University of Worcester (Convener)
• 2014 The ISVA Toolkit Rape Crisis England and Wales National conference
• 2013 Violence and Abuse perpetrated by young people against ‘parents’ West Mercia Women’s Aid Annual General Meeting
• 2013 Co-convener and Chair - Research in Focus Conference: Policy, People and Practice University of Worcester
• 2013 The Impact of domestic violence on children and parent/child relationships - Event Convener closing comments University of Worcester
• 2013 The future of the ISVA: Practice and Professional Identity Northern ISVA Professional Development Conference
• 2013 Presentation and commentary: Conceptualising Gender based violence for Research Policy and Practice Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
• 2013 Violence and Abuse Against those with disabilities- Event Convener and opening comments University of Worcester
• 2013 Domestic Violence: Policy & Practice in England & Wales Moscow City Pedagogical University Moscow, Russia
• 2013 Stalking: Know the Law – Use the Law (Convener) University of Worcester
• 2013 the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse Worcestershire Centre for Health and Wellbeing University of Worcester
• 2013 Coalition Government Policy and Ideology and the impact on Domestic abuse services Warwick University
• 2012 West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioners Hustings event
• 2012 National Occupational Standards and the ISVA Qualification Rape Crisis of England & Wales National Conference
• 2012 Domestic Violence: What the Research Tells us Herefordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board Annual Conference Hereford
• 2011 Rape Crisis Centres: What we know and why we need them Launch of Hereford Rape Crisis Centre Hereford Town Hall
• 2011 Domestic Violence in the UK: Lessons Learnt Domestic Violence Conference & panel discussion University of the South Pacific Fiji
• 2011 Researching Domestic Violence: What we have learnt through research in the UK and how we can take this forward Domestic Violence Conference University of the South Pacific Fiji
• 2011 Parent Abuse Parenting Symposium Queens University Belfast

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

• External Examiner Plymouth University
• Reviewer for HEA National Teaching Fellowship Applications
• Quality Reviewer - Nursing and Midwifery Council
• Reviewer for ‘Practice Nursing’ Journal
• Book Reviewer for Polity Press
• Book Reviewer for Taylor and Wiley
• Book Reviewer for Sage Publications
• Reviewer for the British Sociological Association Journal ‘Sociology’
• Reviewer for ESRC funding bids
• Reviewer for the Journal of Family Violence