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Understanding Gender Based Violence and Harassment: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

25 May 2022 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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The BPS London & Home Counties Branch and the Psychology of Women and Equalities section are hosting a virtual event that will explore gender based violence and harassment from a multi disciplinary perspective. 

The prevalence of sexual harassment in the UK was reflected in a recent study which indicated that two-in-five of the UK population experienced at least one form of sexual harassment during a 12-month period ending in March 2020.

The study also found that women were significantly more likely to have experienced any form of sexual harassment than men (source: 2020 Sexual Harassment Survey – Government Equalities Office). 

Subsequently, we have unfortunately witnessed several murders of women, including the murders of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman which further highlighted how this continues to be a societal issue that needs to be urgently addressed.

Our speakers are members of the Intersectional Violences Research Group (IVRG), and they take a critical psychological approach, using insights from feminist, queer, trans and anti-carceral approaches to the study of sexual domestic violence and harassment. 

IVRG have also recently led the BPS response to the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) 2021 – 2024 strategy (https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/vawg-strategy-2021-2024

During the event, the speakers will discuss some of the specific and dominant narratives that underpin harassment and violence against women, girls and marginalised communities, with reference to key research and theory, and will also share their perspectives on key implications and considerations for applied practice and research.

Learning outcomes  

Raise awareness and understanding of the specific and dominant narratives that underpin harassment and violence against women, girls and marginalised communities.


11:30 Welcome & Introduction
11:35 Background & Discussion
12:30 Q&A
13:00 Wrap Up



Dr. Tanya Beetham (she/her)

Dr Tanya Beetham is a critical feminist psychologist and a counsellor and psychotherapist. She gained her PhD from the University of Stirling in 2020, and her doctoral research used a feminist narrative methodology to explore young women’s transitions to young adulthood after experiencing domestic abuse in childhood. Tanya is currently a Psychology Lecturer at Teesside University  

Broadly, her research is centred around domestic abuse, trauma, social justice, inequalities, and mental health/wellbeing. Tanya has been involved in domestic abuse research since 2013, and is particularly interested in childhood experiences of domestic abuse, and reflexive feminist methodologies that centre survivor voices and stories. Tanya has published in this area, and is pleased to be currently working on publications from her doctoral research.

In practice, Tanya works primarily with people who have experienced trauma, and she integrates a feminist intersectional approach to working with people in psychotherapy, counselling, and trauma-informed yoga.


Lois Donnelly

Lois Donnelly is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Worcester, on the subject of the use of special measures to protect victims/survivors of intimate partner abuse in Family Courts in England and Wales.

She completed her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Social Psychology at the University of Kent. Her undergraduate dissertation on street harassment and self-objectification was published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and she has since published in the areas of intersex and gender activism. Her special areas of interests are gender inequality, gender violences, sexual objectification, social justice, language, and the use of quantitative methodology in feminist research.

She has a particular interest in the nexus between research and policy-making, and completed a Fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. She also has an interest in the history of feminist psychology in the UK, and has published on the experiences of feminist academics navigating activism and academia. She is currently involved in a project to archive the history of the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section of the British Psychological Society, of which she is a committee member.

Dr Lisa Lazard 

Dr Lisa Lazard is a Senior Academic Psychologist at the Open University who has worked as an academic (Lecturer and Researcher), trainer and consultant for over a decade. She currently conducts research around sexual harassment which has been concerned with intersectional victim politics arising from the galvanisation of the #MeToo movement in 2017. Her 2020 book “Sexual Harassment, Psychology & feminism” presents a unique analysis of the #MeToo movement. It draws together debates from feminist activism with psychological studies of sexual harassment in a discussion of recent cultural phenomena, including new ways of working and women’s empowerment.

In her capacity as a consultant and trainer, Dr Lazard has developed evidence-based strategy, policy and training programmes on gender equality and delivered training for clients in the public sector, industry and academia. Recent work includes developing both group and one to one training for UK parliament on respect and dignity at work and managing workplace gender-based conflict. Dr Lazard also led a policy consultation on the Home Office strategy Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy (2021). 

Dr Lazard is the co- founder of two major research initiatives. The first -The Intersectional Violence Research Group - develops an evidence base on how intersecting discriminations (for example, sexism, racism, non-binary and trans discriminations) impact knowledge, understanding and the experience of sexual violence to inform strategy and policy. The second – The Networking Families Research Group – has developed several programmes of research around the digital lives of families and young people. This includes our recent studies on the impact of Covid-19 on the digital lives of parents, in relation to work and home schooling. Dr Lazard is currently Chair Elect of the Psychology of Women & Equalities Section of the British Psychological Society

Dr Lucy Thompson (she/her/hers)

Dr Lucy Thompson is a feminist psychologist who works in the fields of critical, feminist, and organizational psychology.

Her current work is interested in understanding the personal-political nexus of institutional violence and trauma. Her broad areas of interest include feminist psychological perspectives on work and organizations, institutional perspectives on identities, power, violence, and qualitative psychological research methodologies. In 2021, she published the article ‘Toward a feminist psychological theory of “Institutional Trauma”’ in the journal Feminism and Psychology. She currently has a book forthcoming with Routledge on the same topic. Lucy earned her PhD in Organizational Psychology from the Gender and Sexualities research program at Leeds Beckett University in 2014.

She currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Michigan State University’s Center for Gender in Global Context and co-director of Psygentra.

Dr Emma Turley 

Dr Emma Turley is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

She has a diverse range of interdisciplinary research interests that span psychology and criminology. Emma is a critical feminist psychologist with specialist areas of interest including gender, social justice, inequalities, sexualities, and the digital world. She is also interested in subculture, gendered violence, LGBTQI+ issues, and community. Emma has published in the areas of sexualities particularly marginalised sexual cultures, subculture, gendered violence and social media, gender inequalities, women’s wellbeing, and activism.

She is co-editor of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, a biannual publication focusing on increasing awareness and action around gender and inequality issues and editorial advisory board member for British Mensa's Androgyny journal. Emma is based in Brisbane at Central Queensland University.

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