Conference 2019

Sexual Abuse & Domestic Abuse in the lives of Children and Young People

The SVDV Research Network, working with colleagues from the Criminal and Civil Justice Working Group in Leicester,  Leicestershire and Rutland will host our next conference on Friday 1st March 2019.

Delegates from all areas of practice, policy and research (all disciplines welcome), students, victim/survivors are welcome to join us on the day. Details about registration and calls for papers and workshop ideas will be available on this page soon. Until then, if you would like to discuss how to participate in the event please contact Chair of the SVDV Research Network Professor Vanessa Bettinson (

A significant reason for the success of our previous conferences has been the excellent diversity of delegates ranging from employees of local and national authority sector agencies, the voluntary sector and academics and students across several disciplines. We wholeheartedly wish to continue in this vein, so whether you work on the front line in sexual and domestic abuse services or children and young people, or you are an academic researching on any aspect of sexual and domestic abuse and children/young people – join our forum. You may work in the field of health services, media and technology, environment and spaces or focus on social work, law, civil of criminal justice focus – all disciplines are welcome.

This conference is a forum to discuss all the various ways the lives of children and young people (aged 0-26) are affected by all forms of sexual violence/abuse and domestic violence/abuse. The spaces children and young people experience these issues either as victims or perpetrators is no longer confined to the ‘domestic’ location of home, expanding into virtual spaces and university campuses for example. The conference allows delegates to consider abusive behaviours that contribute to sexual violence and domestic violence of our children, adolescents and young adults, such as sexual harassment, stalking and intimidation methods from the perspectives of those who are subject to it and those who carry it out.

This subject concerns everybody, regardless of discipline or practice, organisation or age, in order to achieve a world free from sexual violence and domestic violence. That is why this conference invites you to participate and share you research and practice, regardless of your field or level of experience.


  • To increase knowledge and understanding of these issues in respect of children and young people across a broad range of experiences, professional roles, responsibilities and subject disciplines.
  • To advance understandings of diverse experiences of such behaviours and their impact from victim/survivor and perpetrator perspectives.
  • To develop and advance understandings of good practice across disciplines and agencies in addressing sexual violence and domestic violence as experienced by children and young people.

To achieve this by:

  • Knowledge transfer and the sharing of creative innovations in this field
  • The creation and expansion of networking opportunities
  • The facilitation of an open dialogue between key stakeholders.