Symposium on Violence, Harassment and Abuse: Enduring Inequalities and New Directions

School of Sociology and Social Policy

8th May, 2018; 9.30-5.30, held in the School of Psychology rooms 1.33/34

Overview of the event

The School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on the themes of enduring inequalities associated with violence, harassment and abuse facilitated by the Centre for Research on Families, Life-course and Generations (FLaG) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS). Set against the backdrop of the #metoo campaign and widespread public disclosures of sexual violence and harassment, including long-term effects of trauma, we warmly invite you to this one-day event. The event brings together practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, third-sector organisations and students to discuss current research and practice concerned with addressing VAWG and offers new directions in research and practice.

The UK government’s current VAWG strategy (2016-2020) outlines the strategic aim of ‘making VAWG everyone’s business’ with specific reference to the engagement of ‘men, boys and bystanders’ to challenge VAWG and ‘further social change’ (Home Office, 2016). Practices and policies implemented under welfare reform are however severely at odds with this, which makes for treacherous terrain when seeking to explore new prevention approaches, particularly as the stories that we tell about women’s experiences remain stubbornly focused on victim-survivors rather than perpetrators. To what extent can theories, policies and dominant discourse be reworked so that violence against women is genuinely regarded as a social problem for which there is a shared, collective responsibility to address?

This event is FREE with 65 available places with some refreshments provided so please register via and feel able to bring your lunch. The event will also hold a collection with any contributions donated toward building a ‘safe school’ in Nepal. Please send any enquires to:;; or

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