Understanding and preventing sexual violence

This workshop will explore current national and international research and practice on sexual violence and preventing sexual violence.

Bookings for this event are now closed.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop is designed to provide qualified and in training psychologists with insights into one of the most complex and challenging areas of forensic psychology. 

A recommended pre-course reading list will be made available before the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for participants who have some knowledge or experience of working with victims or perpetrators of sexual violence and members of the Society 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
  • Be knowledgeable about the leading national and international approaches to preventing sexual violence and their effectiveness
  • Understand the psychological underpinnings of different approaches to sexual violence prevention
  • Appreciate the range of risk factors and protective factors for sexual violence
  • Recognise the rich and complicated interplay of "individual, relationship, social, political, cultural, and environmental factors that influence sexual violence" (CDC, 2004,p. 4).

Facilitator:Professor Miranda Horvath CPsychol AFBPsS

Professor Miranda Horvath is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University and the David Jenkins Chair in Forensic and Legal Medicine. 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.

Booking information


  • DFP members: £30 (£25 + VAT)
  • Society members: £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • Society non-members: £90 (£75 +VAT)

How to book:

register now

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.

Online bookings will close at noon on 1 October. Call: +44(0)116 252 9512 for availability after this point.

Wed, 03/10/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel. +44(0)116 252 9925
efax. +44(0)116 290 1886

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Forensic Psychology - Scotland Branch