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Psychs in the City Liverpool: Why don't they just leave?

18 January 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. No registration is required.
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A talk by Dr Keri Nixon.

Domestic abuse is now discussed quite openly in most communities and is considered wrong by many. 

Despite this, there is still a deep misunderstanding of why domestic abuse victims stay in relationships, don’t report abuse or worse return to an abusive partner once they have managed to escape. 

This talk will focus on this misunderstanding drawing on research, my experience of working within the domestic abuse area for almost twenty years and the voices of women I work with who have escaped abuse.  In addition, the more hidden forms of abuse, such as honour based violence and forced marriage will be discussed, to exemplify the difficulties many victims face when fleeing abuse.

During this talk I will explore the mental health ramifications that afflict survivors and how their journey of recovery only begins the day they manage to escape.  Escaping physically is the first step, recovering mentally is a long and often difficult journey.

This event is free and open to everyone. There is no need to book so please just turn up on the night.


Leaf on Bold St.
65–67 Bold Street
L1 4EZ


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Speaker information

Dr Keri Nixon is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist with experience both as a practitioner and an academic, currently working as a Forensic Psychologist in secure services while also running her own practice.  In addition, she now consults freelance for police forces, charities, businesses and acts as an expert witness.

Dr Nixon previously worked as an academic and a Forensic Psychologist at Merseyside Police where she was responsible for helping to set up a ‘Violent Offender Management Unit’. 

In collaboration with Merseyside Police, Dr Nixon has also made considerable contributions to the identification and assessment of Domestic Abuse.

During her PhD work she was funded by an ESRC CASE award and Merseyside Police to develop a Risk Identification Toolkit (MeRIT) that is now the force wide risk assessment in Merseyside. This work has required Keri to train constabularies in Domestic Abuse Awareness, risk assessment and interviewing domestic abuse perpetrators.

Dr Nixon is also a director of SAVERA, which is a charity dedicated to tackling domestic abuse within Black, Asian, Minority and Refugee Communities and to the preservation and protection of the mental and physical health of women from these communities who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse and/or harmful practices.

She also regularly comments on cases in the media and is an expert Forensic Psychologist on ITV’s This Morning and several documentary programmes.



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