ONE OF the nation’s best loved actresses is set to receive a Fellowship from the University of Worcester.
Lynda Bellingham, who is also a campaigner against violence, will be presented with the honour at the launch of a new national centre focused on preventing abuse at the University on Friday, June 20.
Lynda, who has talked and written extensively about her own experiences of violence, said she was pleased the University was recognising domestic abuse which affects men, women and children.
“I am very honoured to receive this Fellowship from the University of Worcester,” she said.
“The University has made it very clear that it supports all the work done on behalf of domestic violence.
“Having experienced violence myself I am a firm believer in the continued fight for everyone to feel safe in their own homes. It is vital that society recognises the danger to women from violence in the home and we must work to make it unacceptable on any count.
“Men and children are victims of domestic violence too; it seeps into the fabric of our lives. It is important also that bosses are able to understand if an employee is struggling to deal with any sort of abuse at home. It affects every fibre of family life. No one should ever feel afraid in their own home; never.”
The launch of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) will also feature Louisa Rolfe, Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable, who is the national policing lead for domestic abuse.
Ruth Jones, director of the NCSPVA at the University of Worcester, added: “We are delighted that Lynda has accepted the Fellowship and will perform the official opening of the centre for us.
“Launching NCSPVA is a natural and exciting progression of the work we have done over the last ten years to raise the levels of research, awareness and understanding in violence and abuse, and one which will allow us to not only continue with our work on domestic and sexual violence but expand and encompass wider and cutting issues of violence and abuse.
“Our vision is to create a centre of excellence that will make a significant contribution to knowledge, knowledge transfer, evidence based policy and practice and ultimately to prevention.”