CMWR Conference 2023

Sexual Violence in the Military
An International Perspective

13-14 December 2023

The Centre for Military Women’s Research (CMWR) at Anglia Ruskin University is delighted to deliver its inaugural conference with the theme of “Sexual Violence in the Military – An International Perspective”. The conference will be held on the ARU Cambridge Campus on 13 and 14 December 2023. The first day includes a wide range of national and international experts and panel discussions covering both the in-service and veteran experience. There will be a networking event and drinks reception with the opportunity to meet the CMWR team and speakers. The second day comprises a choice of four workshops on different aspects of the theme, concluding with a review and a plenary.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Sanela Dursun
(Director, Research Personnel and Family Support, Defence Research and Development Canada)
As the Chair of the NATO research group on sexual violence in the military, Sanela will present an overview of the challenges faced by militaries around the world, along with some of the lessons from the Canadian experience.

Kate Davies CBE
(Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England)
Kate is the national director for healthcare services across England for Armed Forces serving personnel, veterans and their families; sexual assault referral centres (SARCs); and prisons, immigration removal centres and secure children’s homes and training centres. Her national role is to assure high quality, consistent and sustained services with a strong focus on health inequalities and outcomes for patients and their families. She will present an overview of why the agenda of this conference is particularly important to NHS England.

Prof Daniel Perkins
(Professor of Youth and Family Resiliency and Policy at Penn State University, USA; Principal Scientist and Founder, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness; Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Affiliate Faculty)
Daniel is the Principal Scientist of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and a Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy at Penn State University, USA. He will provide the conference with a plenary summing up the two day event, drawing on his experiences of researching military sexual violence in the USA.

Conference information

Location and directions

The conference is taking place at ARU Cambridge, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT.

Timings and programme

Registration will open at 9am on Wednesday 13 December, with the conference starting promptly at 9.30am. The conference will draw to a close at 4pm, and the day will conclude with a late afternoon drinks reception and the opportunity to network with fellow delegates.

The programme will begin at 10am on Thursday 14 December. There will be a choice of three workshops on this day, as follows:

Session 1

Dr Stacey Silins, DOD Canada: How to research the topic

Session 2

NATO panel on Sexual Violence in the Military: panel discussion

Session 3

Salute Her/Forward Assist: how to work with women veterans

You will be asked to choose your first and second preferences when you book your ticket and we will try to ensure that everyone gets their highest preference where possible.  The conference will conclude with lunch at 1.30pm.

A full conference programme will be sent to all delegates in advance of the event, but the provisional programme is as follows:

Wed 13 December 2023

From 9amRegistration
9.30am – 9.45amIntroduction and housekeeping
9.45am – 10.15amKeynote: Dr Sanela Dursun (international overview and NATO)
10.15am – 10.45amRefreshment break
Morning session: service justice system – in-service experience
10.45am – 11.15amDr Lottie Herriott, ARU
11.15am – 11.45amDr Harriet Gray, York University & Emma Norton, Centre for Military Justice
11.45am – 12.30pmPanel discussion
12.30pm – 1.30pmLunch
Afternoon session: veteran experience
1.30pm – 2pmKeynote: Kate Davies CBE (NHS commissioner)
2pm – 2.30pmProf Dominic Murphy, Head of Research at Combat Stress & WRAC (impact of military culture on mental health)
2.30pm – 3pmDr Lauren Godier-McBard, ARU
3pm – 3.45pmPanel discussion
3.45pm – 4pmConclusion
4pmDrinks reception

Thu 14 December 2023

From 9.30amRefreshments available
10am – 10.15amIntroduction
10.15am – 12.30pmWorkshop sessions
Session 1: Dr Stacey Silins, DOD Canada: How to research the topic
Session 2: NATO panel on Sexual Violence in the Military: panel discussion
Session 3: Salute Her/Forward Assist: how to work with women veterans
12.30pm – 1pmFeedback from workshop sessions
1pm – 1.30pmPlenary and conclusion (Prof Daniel Perkins, Penn State University, USA)
1.30pmLunch and finish