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BSC Victims Network Conference

The Great Hall


This One-day Conference is organised by the British Society of Criminology Victims Network in association with Northumbria University. 

The Conference theme: Victim Policy and Support: Past, Present and Future enables a comprehensive review and exploration of where we have been, where we are now and where we are going as regards victim policy and support for victims of crime.

Under this organising theme three sub-themes are addressed:

  1. Past - the history and development of victim policy in the UK and how this compares with European and international jurisdictions. The relatively short history of victim-oriented policy developments as compared with other criminal justice provisions and offender focussed perspectives means that present and the future directions are contingent upon the social and cultural traditions of the recent past.

  2. Present - the current state of affairs as regards victim policy and victim support and assistance. During this part of the conference we consider where we are now and share new findings from cutting edge research and practice based areas. Evidence for new directions and developments will be shared and debated.

  3. Future - Convergence/divergence - what are the future prospects for victim policy and support in light of Brexit? The closing theme for the day explores future directions for victim policy and support giving consideration to the socio-economic and political contexts that are likely to shape such developments.

The Conference will be of interest to an amalgam of academics and practitioners. The proposed title and theme is deliberately chosen to be especially timely for those stakeholders who are working in the field of victim support and assistance and for those who are working at the policy making end of this provision. The partnerships that have previously existed in connection with this stream of work have recently been revised with different funding mechanisms, legislations and political influences all having their impact upon victim policy and support. 

Victims NetworkSpeakers include a complementary mix of practitioner and academic contributors ensuring that evidence-based policy and practice are a key feature of the conference. With keynote and panel sessions lead by those who have engaged in research and evaluation projects from around the UK, and, designed to stimulate audience participation and discussion, this is a timely point for us to share new findings and to reflect upon the implications of them in the shifting sands that policy makers and service providers alike are currently working in.  

Conference Programme

Registration is from 9.30am with the Conference starting at 10am.

A draft conference programme is available here. The finalised version will be available nearer the event. 

The conference will take place in The Great Hall, Sutherland Building on Northumbria's City Campus: Building 31 on the campus map link.

Conference Booking

Booking is now open, the delegate rate is £12 per person and will include hot refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Optional Conference Dinner

On the evening of the conference there will be a dinner held at Caffe Vivo, an Italian restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside. Tickets are £22 for a three course meal (chosen from a set menu), and can be added when you register for the conference. Menus will be circulated in advance of the conference to those who have signed up for dinner. For sample menus, view Caffe Vivo’s website here.


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Event Details

The Great Hall
Sutherland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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