The Psychology of Sexual Violence

This workshop will explore current research and practice on sexual violence. It is designed to provide qualified and in training psychologists with insights into one of the most complex and challenging areas of forensic psychology. 


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


A couple of key readings will be made available to participants before the workshop with the recommendation that they read them before attending.

This workshop is available for all delegates who wish to expand their knowledge of sexual violence.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Be knowledgeable about different forms and types of sexual violence.
  • Be more familiar with the complexity of psychological issues sexual violence presents for different groups in the UK.
  • Understand the current debates in research, policy and practice on sexual violence.
  • Know about different statutory and non-statutory interventions (psychological and otherwise) for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence.

Facilitators: Dr Miranda Horvath, Dr Jackie Gray and Dr Susan Hansen

Dr Miranda Horvath is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University. Her research focuses on sexual violence working from an applied social psychological perspective using data from the police and sexual assault referral centres. She has published and presented in a range of arenas including international peer-reviewed journals and national and international conferences. She has recently co-edited a book, 'Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking' and co-authored a book 'Understanding Criminal Investigation'. Her current research interests include multiple perpetrator rape and the links between men's use of lads mags’, their attitudes towards women and paying for sex. She is conducting evaluations of the Stella Mental Health Initiative and the Primrose Programme at HMP and YOI Low Newton. She is also carrying out research and evaluation on the overlaps between problem substance use and domestic and sexual violence experienced by young women, for the Stella Young Women’s Initiative. Miranda is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression and in the past she has provided training for police officers.

Dr Jackie Gray is the programme leader for the MSc Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University. Her research focuses on the prosecution of rape, looking particularly at the conduct of rape trials. She has recently completed a study funded by the Nuffield Foundation to develop a methodology for assessing strength of evidence in sexual violence trials, and she is now integrating this into a large-scale study of the influence of rape myths in court. Associated with this, she also researches the understanding of sexual consent, and how this is applied by potential jurors. Jackie has extensive experience of training those working in the Criminal Justice System as the MSc Forensic Psychology recruits strongly amongst those already in related employment who wish to develop their knowledge, as well as among trainee forensic psychologists.

Dr Susan Hansen is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. Her research focus is on the practical understanding of sexual consent, sexual refusal and sexual coercion by offenders and non-offenders, and by the professionals who work with both perpetrators and victims/survivors of sexual violence. She recently completed a study funded by the British Academy on sexual health professionals’ understanding and use of rape myths in discussing cases of sexual assault. Susan teaches on the MSc Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University and has also provided professional development training for practising lawyers at the Nottingham Law School; and for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programmes at the University of Nottingham; the University of Lincoln; and the University of East London. With Dr Horvath, she is conducting evaluations of the Stella Young Women’s initiative and the Stella Mental Health initiative.

Booking information


  • DFP members: £25 + VAT
  • Society members: £50 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £75 + VAT

How to book:


Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Tue, 15/05/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre