(Re) Connecting on Gender-Based Violence

A LEX-VAWGRN Joint Conference

The University of Liverpool 10-11 November 2022


Thursday 10th November:

16:15 – 16:30: Welcome

16:30 – 18:00: Keynote Address School of Law, Event Space, Ground Floor Building 108

Dr Tina Sikka, Newcastle University

‘Transformative Justice in Sexual Violence’

In conversation with 

Professor Anna Carline, University of Liverpool

18:00 – 19:30 Drinks Reception (The same location)

Friday 11th November:

09:15 – 09:45 Teas & Coffee (School of Law, Event Space)

09:45 – 10:00 Welcome 


Professor Miranda Horveth & Professor Jill Marshall

10:00 – 11:30 

 Panel Session 1: Higher Education (School of Law, Event Space)

Panel Session 2: Criminal Justice Experiences (Teaching Space 4, Building 502)

11:30 – 12:00 Break (School of Law, Event Space)

12:00 – 13:30 

 Panel Session 3: Domestic Abuse (School of Law, Event Space)

Panel Session 4: Community Activism/Justice (Teaching Space 4, Building 502)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch (School of Law, Event Space)

14:30 – 16:00 

 Panel Session 5: Psychological Insights into Sexual Violence (School of Law, Event Space)

16:00 – 16:45 Concluding Thoughts



Panel Session 1: Higher Education (Chair: Dr Sarah Singh)

• Anna Bull & Erin Shannon
Gender Regimes in UK University Sexual Misconduct Complaints Processes

• Katie Tyrrell
Technology-mediated intimacy and abuse: What do we know from the perspectives of students in UK higher education?

• Mandisa Makhaye
Exploring the dynamics of power abuse on sexual victimisation of female students

• Danna Aduna, Ia Denise Arnette M. Marañon, Jasmine Cruz, and Reese Ungson
What happens after breaking the silence?: Retaliation against sexual violence survivors and advocates in schools

Panel Session 2: Criminal Justice Experiences (Chair: Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul)

• Diane Crocker
Engaging (In)Justice Stories

• Grace Carter
The Covid-19 pandemic and sexual offences trials in England and Wales: Impacts and innovations

• Oona Brooks-Hay and Michele Burman
Survivor journeys and the pursuit of justice for sexual offences

• Amy Beddows
The ‘New’ Victim Blaming: How Responsibilisation Reinforces Violence Against Women

Panel Session 3: Domestic Abuse (Chair: Professor Miranda Horvath)

• Ankita Mishra
Domestic abuse in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Impact on the mental health and help-seeking of minoritised women in the UK

• Sarah Dangar, Vanessa Munro & Lotte Young
Learning Lessons Before It’s Too Late?: Statutory Reviews in Domestic Abuse Related Suicide

• Megan Denise Smith
Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Emergencies: Missed opportunities and Other Cautionary Tales from the Rohingya Refugee Response

Panel Session 4: Community Activism/Justice (Chair: Professor Jill Marshall)

• Gabriella Mwedzi & Alison Phipps
Community Power for preventing gender-based violence

• Murylo Batista (et al)
A case study comparison of engaging community activists to prevent gender-based violence in Peru and Rwanda

• molly ackhurst
Investigating the Impasse: Stuckness, the Sexual Violence Sector and “Justice”

• Lisa Ward
Have we lost the ‘we’? An exploration of the changing nature of Rape Crisis Centres over the last forty years

Panel Session 5: Psychological Insights into Sexual Violence (Chair: Professor Lesley McMillan)

• Ioana Crivatu, Miranda Horvath, Jeffrey DeMarco
Deciding not to perpetrate sexual offences in groups. A qualitative account from experts and professionals
• Madeleine Ingham, Melissa F. Colloff, Brittany Gibbs, and Heather D. Flowe

Behavioural indicators of accurate recall: Harnessing meta-memory processes during police interviews during rape investigations to gauge accuracy

• Laura M. Stevens, Elena Reid, Wangu Kanja, Sarah Rockowitz, Kari Davies, Shanaya Dosanjh, Brooke Findel and Heather D. Flowe
The Kenyan Survivors of Sexual Violence Network: Preserving Memory Evidence with a Bespoke Mobile Application to Increase Access to Vital Services and Justice

• Lara Hudspith
40 Years of Rape Myth Acceptance Interventions: A Systematic Review of What Works in Institutional Settings and How this can be Applied to Educational Guidance for Jurors

Concluding Remarks Professor Miranda Horvath & Professor Jill Marshall