Conference Information

Advance notice ... save the date!

We will be holding the first Alice Ruggles Trust conference in Leicester on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Below you will find some preliminary details.

Further information will appear here as it becomes available. Booking will be available from early June.

Tackling stalking in 2019

A conference organised by the Alice Ruggles Trust
in coordination with the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester

and with the support of Gateshead Community Safety Board

Stamford Court at University of Leicester, where the conference will be held

 

In a nutshell...

Risk management in stalking needs to bring together a range of expertise. The conference will highlight current best practice and current academic research, and seek better ways to bring them together.


Motivation for the conference

Alice Ruggles was murdered by her ex-partner on October 12, 2016 following a relentless campaign of stalking. Alice's case featured quite extensively in the local and national media and has been the subject of three TV documentaries. The Alice Ruggles Trust, set up by Alice's family, is raising both professional and public awareness as well as campaigning for improved legal measures in dealing with stalking.

The Domestic Homicide Review into Alice’s case, published in March 2019, identifies numerous failings by the police, army and other agencies and contains a range of recommendations at the local and national level, including for the Home Office and MoD.

Practitioner conferences and professional training sessions typically make reference to well established guiding principles such as Paul Mullen and Troy McEwan’s Stalking Risk Profile, and recent research such as Jane Monckton-Smith’s Intimate Partner Femicide Timeline. However, risk management in stalking is a very complex field bringing together different cross-disciplinary approaches, and it is clear that current practice could be better integrated with current academic research across the board.

By bringing together a range of practitioners in the criminal justice system, health services and probation services with academics from criminology, forensic psychology and other disciplines engaged in research related to stalking, we hope to stimulate better integration and to improve best practice.

We are also looking to highlight progress that has been made both in the 3 years since Alice’s death and in the 6 months since the release of the DHR. We aim to adopt recommendations that will have practical impact at a national level beyond the messages that we hope will be taken away and acted upon by all the delegates.


Keynote and invited speakers

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Lorraine Sheridan from Curtin University, Perth, Australia, a forenstic psychologist and internationally renowned expert on stalking who, together with Karl Roberts, authored the original Stalking Screening Tool used by poice forces across the UK. Lorraine is a Leicester graduate and lectured at the University between 2000 and 2007.

Other invited guest speakers will lead break-out panel sessions on topics such as the future of the Multi-Agency Stalking Intervention Programme (MASIP), educating front-line staff, raising awareness among young people, learning lessons from the DHR, and tackling stalking in the military. They will include Dave Thomason and Dan Price-Jones (Cheshire Police Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit), Dr Jane Monckton-Smith (University of Gloucestershire), and Lisa Horder (Domestic Violence Champion responsible for running the MARAC within British Forces Germany).


Further information and booking

This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

Booking will be available on this website from early June.