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Listening, learning and understanding: An alternative method of preventing further victims of sexual abuse

An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Belinda Winder

Belinda Winder
Public lectures | Seminars

People who have committed sexual offences are some of the most hated and reviled members of society. What is not so evident, however, is that many of these people hate and condemn themselves and the harm they have done to their victims.

  • From: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Our job as psychologists is not simply to understand why people commit these acts, but also to work towards the prevention of further offences. It is very helpful to do so in partnership with those who are the experts in this field – the individuals who have committed offences, many of whom are keen to understand their own behaviour and to prevent others inflicting the same damage as they themselves have.

In this talk, Belinda will present some of her research in this field and outline the work of the Safer Living Foundation, the charity she co-founded in 2014. The lecture will start with a brief history of time that attempts to explain – via some dancing men, a hospital, some packaging and Paganism – how she ended up researching the psychology of sexual crime.

Professor Belinda Winder

Belinda Winder is a Professor in Forensic Psychology and Head of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU), in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She is part-based at HMP Whatton, one of Europe’s largest sex offender prisons, and works closely with the senior management, and psychology and healthcare departments there to conduct mixed method research and evaluations that make a significant and practical contribution to our understanding of sexual crime. Belinda is also a trustee and co-founder of the Safer Living Foundation, a charity set up to promote the rehabilitation of individuals who have committed sexual offences and to prevent there being further victims of sexual crime.

Belinda joined NTU in 2004 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. In 2007, she set up SOCAMRU; ten years on and the unit is recognised as international centre of expertise, with more than ten academic researchers and over 30 postgraduate researchers and unit members involved in collaborations with partners from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.

Belinda was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2008, she was made a Reader in Forensic Psychology in 2009, and in 2015 she was awarded a Chair in Forensic Psychology.


5.30 pm – Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm – Inaugural lecture

7 pm – Drinks reception

7.30 pm – Close

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Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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