VISION Annual Conference

This conference is now over. The presentations can be found here. Our 3rd conference will be in June 2024 and this page will be updated in due course.

The UKPRP VISION Consortium is pleased to announce our 2nd annual conference:
Responding to violence across the life course
Thursday 21 September, 11:00 – 15:30 followed by networking until 16:00
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN

Much research on the mental health effects of violence focus on domestic violence as experienced in adulthood, however, violence and the harms experienced can manifest at different life stages, including in childhood, among working-age adults, and in later life.

There is research on the long-term, even life long, shadow that violence and abuse can cast over people’s health and the resulting extensive costs for society. The VISION annual conference will highlight differences across the life course, as well as commonalities.

All conference sessions include audience discussion, and we welcome attendees to stay after the event concludes to network and meet others working to reduce violence in the UK.

We invite attendees from a range of disciplines and across the third sector, health, and crime & justice fields interested in how different forms of violence and abuse present at different life stages, the impacts on health, and the ways in which society should respond.

Registration is required and free. This is an in person conference only. If you cannot attend but would like the slides, please contact the email listed below.

For any questions or comments, please email

Welcome: Setting the Scene

11 – 11:15

Professor Gene Feder, VISION Director, University of Bristol

Session 1: Early years and teenagers

11:15 – Noon

Discussant: Sally Steadman South, Safe Lives

1. Dr Ladan Hashemi, City: Adverse childhood experiences and the implications for public health

2. Dr Ruth Weir, City: Collaboration with police to review classification of domestic abuse to include teenagers

Session 2: Social inclusion in policy and research

Noon – 12:45

Discussant: TBD

1. Dr Alexandria Innes, City: Tool to assess the risk of bias when using ethnicity and migration data

2. Dr Elizabeth Cook, City: Relatives as victims and implications for victims’ strategy


12:45 – 13:15

Session 3: Working life, poverty and economic impacts

13:15 – 14:00

Discussant: Dr Michaela Bruckmayer, Refuge

Dr Annie Bunce, City: The harms of workplace bullying in England and implications for policymakers, organisations and health services

Dr Vanessa Gash, City & Dr Niels Blom, City: Examining the Effects of Violence on Labour Market Trajectories

Session 4: Older people

14:00 – 14:45

Discussant: Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

Dr Anastasia Fadeeva, City: Life-course and recent violence against older people

Dr Polina Obolenskaya, City: Extending the Crime Survey of England Wales to older age implications for data collection

Session 5: A panel on complex system approaches to violence

14:45 – 15:25

Q & A / Discussion with the VISION Senior Leadership team

Chaired by Professor Gene Feder

  • Dr Olumide Adisa, University of Suffolk
  • Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, University of Bristol
  • Professor Mark Bellis, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr Alexandria Innes, City, University of London
  • Sally McManus, City, University of London
  • Professor Robert Stewart, Kings College London

Closing Remarks

15:25 – 15:30

Professor Gene Feder


15:30 – 16:00