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NEW DATE 'Stronger Together: Ending violence against women and girls is not a solo endeavour'

Professor Miranda Horvath

Wednesday, 5 October 2022,
18:00 to 19:30
Waterfront Building, Ipswich

There is a shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls, it is a persistent problem. This lecture starts from the point that working to end violence against women and girls is tough, it’s depressing, it often feels like the rate of change is too slow, that some things may never change or they are going backwards. Which raises the question of whether ending violence against women and girls even a possibility? Drawing on examples of research from throughout her career Professor Miranda Horvath will explain why she thinks that collaboration and co-operation are essential tools for success. She will illustrate through her work on lads mags and pornography the importance of the power of normalisation, how we can challenge it and the deleterious impacts of the lack of nuance in public discussions on highly emotive topics like these. Using examples from her work on police investigations of rape she will consider how academics and practitioners can work together more effectively. To conclude the lecture Professor Horvath will look to the future considering what’s next, things we need to be mindful of and hopefully some reasons to be optimistic!

Professor Horvath has nearly 20 years of research experience. Throughout her career Professor Horvath has worked closely with the third sector, businesses, law enforcement agencies, health services and policy makers to ensure that her research and teaching are focused on practical solutions to real-world problems and creating change.

Funding for Professor Horvath’s research has been gained from a wide range of funders including Against Violence & Abuse, Avon & Somerset Police, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Office of the Children’s Commissioner, NHS, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, British Transport Police, Tender Education & Arts, and The Government Equalities Office.

Professor Horvath is often asked to provide expert advice on policy and practice developments to national and local statutory and non-statutory organisations (e.g. Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, numerous police forces). In 2013 Professor Horvath was the David Jenkins Chair in Forensic and Legal Medicine (an honorary Chair awarded annually to a ‘person of eminence’ by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor Horvath is regularly invited to deliver talks at national and international conferences to practitioners, policy makers and academics and in 2018 she debated at the Cambridge Union about #MeToo. She is often approached by journalists seeking comment or advice and has been quoted by the BBCGuardian and the New York Times.