Violence Against Women and Girls Conference: June 2023

Dr Lou Oliver
Dr Orlanda Harvey
10th October 2023

BU’s Centre for Seldom Heard Voices and the Soroptimist’s International Bournemouth Branch hosted a Violence Against Women and Girls: Social Justice in Action conference on 29th June 2023.

The conference included talks and workshops from Dr Liz Dominey from the Soroptimists Bournemouth Club; Sarbjit Athwal, founder of charity True Honour; BU’s Chancellor, Kate Adie CBE; Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Engagement at the Prison Reform Trust; Jamie Fletcher and three of his students; Dr Kari Davies; and Dr Louise Oliver and Hannah Gurr. It was also supported by Tina Symington, Community Safety Manager, Housing & Communities Directorate BCP.

A report from the research that took place during the event (via the Problem and Solution Tress and Appreciative Enquiry Event) was submitted this as written evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry, The escalation of violence against women and girls. The report is also available here.

Dr Harvey said, “the Conference had a really positive vibe and 5 months down the line we have established a wider network of support within the local area”.

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Dr Lou Oliver

Senior lecture
Louise is a senior lecturer with the social work team, teaching on both the qualifying and post-qualifying programmes. Louise is a qualified social worker who has predominantly worked in children's and families within local authorities.
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Dr Orlanda Harvey

Senior lecturer in Social Work
Orlanda is a senior lecturer in the Social Work Team, specialising in Developing Professional Relationships and Leadership. She completed her doctoral research in 2020 exploring men's recreational use of Androgenic Anabolic Steroid Use. Her research interests include: Image and Performance Enhancing Substance Use, Domestic Violence and Abuse, leadership, and reflective practice.
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