Sexual Violence Against Older Women Project

Launch & Networking Event

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

10am – 12noon

The Beacon, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne 


Background:  Research carried out by Dr Hannah Bows, Centre for Research into Violence & Abuse at Durham University, identified that;

  • Few older people contact specialist sexual services after experiencing rape or sexual assault.
  • Older women face specific barriers and challenges which make it difficult to access support, this includes a lack of awareness of services and confusion around who can help them.
  • Older women face myths and stereotypes about them and their experiences of sexual violence which impact on their recovery.


We are proud to announce that Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland have been successful in securing funding to help us tackle the barriers older women face and reach out to more survivors.


Join us to; celebrate the launch of this project, find out more about this subject and to meet our new Community Engagement Worker for Older Women, Margie Cooper.

The event will feature a presentation & discussion:

Sexual Violence & Older People

Led by: Dr Hannah Bowes

Hannah is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law, Director of Equality and Diversity within Durham Law School and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA).


Networking & Information Stalls:  This is also a networking event providing opportunities to meet other agencies.  Organisations are welcome to book a table to aid information sharing.  To reserve a table, contact Margie by 31st May 2019 at        You will still need to book your place at the event using the link above.