Lifelong Learning Centre

Responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in Leeds: Vulnerability, Risk and New Directions

Thursday 13th March 2014
5.30pm - 7.30pm
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This seminar is FREE to attend and open to anyone with an interest in this topic. However, in order to help us organise refreshments we would be grateful if you could book a place via the LLC’s Eventbrite page.


Rosie Campbell (Chief Executive Officer, Genesis) and Linda Stevenson (Training Coordinator, Domestic Violence Team, Leeds City Council)

This seminar will be chaired by Andy Lloyd (Head of Service, Workforce Development, Children’s Services, Leeds City Council)


Rosie’s presentation will look at national research on sex worker experiences of sexual and domestic violence, exploring the factors which generate and shape vulnerabilities. She will consider innovative policies and practical responses to address violence against sex workers in the UK, and reflect on current initiatives in Leeds to address violence against sex workers.

Linda will talk about the background to domestic violence work internationally, nationally and locally, discussing the recent redefinition of domestic violence and offering an overview of what we know about this subject. She will highlight work in Leeds, particularly recent and new developments such as Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, Domestic Homicide Reviews and Caring Dads.


Rosie Campbell
Rosie is the CEO for Genesis Leeds and a founder member of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects. She has also been involved in the development of good practice guidance for service interventions for sex workers at a national level. Rosie is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and her PhD research documents the development of the ‘hate crime’ approach. Rosie helped establish the UK’s first specialist sexual violence advisor service for sex workers and in 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to vulnerable women.

Linda Stevenson
The Leeds Domestic Violence Team, for which Linda is the Training Coordinator, has taken a national lead since the 1990s on developing a multi-agency response to domestic abuse and recognising its gendered nature. The team drives multi-agency work to reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic abuse in Leeds and within this Linda develops, supports and oversees the training of agency workers across the city. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for 12 years.

Andy Lloyd
Andy Lloyd is the Head of Workforce Development at Leeds Children’s Services. He is a qualified social worker and spent 20 years in statutory and third sector organisations working in a variety of fields including children and families, youth justice and managing a family support charity for seven years. Prior to taking up his current post, Andy held academic positions at two of the three universities in Leeds.

Venue: Centenary Gallery, Parkinson Building  

Refreshments will be available from 5.00pm