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Dating Violence Conference

Venue: to be confirmed
Price: to be confirmed
Speaker(s): Professor Erica Bowen and Professor Graham Towl
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Dating Violence Conference

Dating violence perpetration and victimisation has increased considerably in recent years, and a major concern for public health is the possible negative outcomes that can have a significant impact on the individual and society. Adolescence and emerging adulthood are important developmental periods to address this issue, particularly for those who may be most at risk, for example those individuals who may have experienced violence in their family of origin or are prone to risk-taking behaviours such as drinking, drug use and other anti-social acts.

Adolescence and early adulthood are particularly important times as they represent a period of change in the nature and importance of relationships with peers and potential dating partners. These are times when individuals may test out what behaviours will and will not be tolerated, and this experience may well impact on judgements and behaviours in later adult relationships, particularly during cohabitation and marriage. Dating violence has clear implications for future intimate partner violence and the possible transmission of violence from one generation to the next.

This conference brings together researchers and practitioners who will present evidence concerning the prevalence of dating violence in adolescence through to early adulthood and the possibilities for early intervention.

We welcome two key note speakers who are experts in their field.

Professor Erica Bowen is professor of the Psychology of Violence and Interpersonal Aggression and director of the Violence and Interpersonal Aggression Research group within the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement. For the past 14 years, she has researched violence in intimate relationships, with an emphasis on understanding how best to intervene to prevent violence in adult and adolescent relationships. She has also conducted research on behalf of the National Offender Management Service, Wiltshire Probation Trust, Coventry City Council; projects which have led to innovations in the design of domestic violence perpetrator programmes. She led an EC Daphne III funded project with partners in Sweden, Belgium and Germany, in which a serious game was developed as a primary intervention for use in the classroom to educate adolescents about the nature and risks of violence in their relationships.

Professor Graham Towl is professor of Forensic Psychology, Durham University and former Chair, as PVC, of the Sexual Violence Task Force at Durham University. He is uniquely the recipient of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Awards for Distinguished Contributions to professional practice and forensic research. In 2003 he was peer nominated as the most influential forensic psychologist in the UK. He is an experienced leader both in central government as a Senior Civil Servant and also in Higher Education as Pro Vice Chancellor at Durham University. He was the first Chair of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology and he Chaired the group that produced the first set of ethical guidance for forensic psychologists. His interests span leadership, suicide in prisons, sexual violence prevention and professional regulation. Professor Towl will be present on the topic of Universities and sexual violence.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

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