A Hucknall resident was on the bill at the latest Public Lectures by Distinguished Speakers event held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Domestic violence awareness campaigner Ian Young spoke about the impact that domestic abuse can have on men and its consequences.
“It was a real privilege to be asked to speak,” said Ian. “I was thrilled to be included alongside people who are making a real difference in changing public perception about domestic violence.”
The keynote speaker was Dr Denise Hines of Clark University, Massachusetts. Dr Hines is the principal investigator on a series of studies investigating the physical and mental health of men who sustain partner violence from their female partners and seek help.
The most recent of these studies also investigates the mental and physical health of child witnesses and is being supported by a grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (USA).
Another speaker was Ian McNicholl whose ex-girlfriend was imprisoned for seven years for grievous bodily harm for the injuries she inflicted on him.
Mr McNicholl was involved in the development of the high profile Coronation Street storyline featuring Tyrone Dobbs and gave the soap a great insight into male victims of domestic violence.
Also on the schedule of speakers were: Margaret Gardner (Director of False Allegations Support Organisation), Valerie Wise (Chief Executive Preston Domestic Violence Services) and Nick Smithers (National Development Officer Abused Men in Scotland).
Pictured from left are: Ian Young, Margaret Gardner, Valerie Wise, Dr Niki Graham-Kevan, Ian McNicholl, Nick Smithers and Dr Denise Hines.