Jessica Eaton is an engaging, passionate speaker, lecturer, researcher and writer in field of sexual violence and mental health. With a career history in the management of victim and witness services in the criminal justice system, training and managing rape counselling services, setting up the first male mental health centre in the UK and training thousands of police, social workers, health staff, elected members, psychologists and local authority staff in child sexual abuse and safeguarding.
Currently at the Centre for Criminological and Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham as a Doctoral Researcher undertaking PhD in Forensic Psychology, Jessica specialises in the way women and girls are socialised to be blamed when they experience sexual harassment, assault or abuse and are encouraged to blame themselves. Victim blaming, self-blame and revictimisation are Jessica's passion. For more information about research, please go to the Research and Recent Work page.
An overview of achievements and experience
2010: Started volunteering for Victim Support as a Witness Service Volunteer specialising in domestic and sexual violence trials
2011: Became Service Delivery Manager for Staffordshire Crown & Magistrates Courts Vulnerable and Intimidated Witness Programme (VIW) & Restorative Justice Programme
2011: Started to write psychology articles for Science Magazine
2012: Became Service and Training Co-ordinator of Sexual Abuse & Rape Counselling Centre - Redesigned and launched sexual violence counsellor training programme, trained a team of over 30 counsellors, psychotherapists and support volunteers and won two voluntary sector awards
2013: Founded The Eaton Foundation - Male Mental Health and Wellbeing Charity and developed the #MenNeedToTalkToo Campaign
2014: Became Training Manager for National Programme in CSE/A & Human Trafficking - Rewrote and launched a national CPD accredited programme of training and education for local authorities, police forces, education staff, mental health professionals and children's services, managed a team of national specialists in sexual violence and wrote ten new training modules with excellent reviews
2015: Started to study PhD Psychology
2015: Renovated derelict building and launched first male mental health centre in the UK and won five third sector awards and over £500,000 of grant funding
2016: Conducted six sensitive research and evaluation work projects for police forces and local authorities on various topics such as CSE practice and domestic violence perpetrator programmes
2016: Commissioned to write and deliver training for over 4500 professionals this year
2017: Speaker at national conference of National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (NAIRO)
2017-18: Conducting independent qualitative research of prison therapeutic provisions and prison safety
2017: Sat on the expert panel for new film SOLD about Human Trafficking
2017: Became an associate researcher, writer and trainer for Research in Practice (Topics: sexual violence, harmful sexual behaviours)
2017: Developed the first psychometric scale measuring the blame of women who have experienced sexual violence and abuse (BOWSVA)
2017: Author of revised CSE evidence review and practice guidance (October, 2017 - Published by RiP)
2017: Author of research into impact of CSE training on children's services professionals (September 2017, Published by Safe and Sound)
2017: Chair of the Parliamentary Conference on VAWG
2018: Author of longitudinal research on the impact of CSE training on an entire police force in the UK (October 2017, Published by Safe and Sound)
2018: Author of new evidence review and practice guidance 'Sexual Exploitation of Adults and Mental Health' (upcoming publication)
2018: Lecturing at two universities doctoral programmes in forensic psychology, feminism and abuse
2018: Launching two new books analysing poetry written in child sexual abuse
2018: Launching a new programme called 'CSE, Islam and Culture'
Child/Adult Trauma Therapist UKCP MBACP (Accred) CSA/CSE, CyberTrauma Researcher, Clinical Supervisor, Tutor/Consultant
Jessica has an outstanding portfolio of achievements. She is dedicated, highly specialised and educated in the arena of victim blaming and sexual assault & violence. Jessica is a leading researcher and academic.
National Domestic Violence Consultant
Jessica is an inspirational colleague with a wealth of knowledge in areas of psychology, trauma, sexual violence and child sexual exploitation. Developing national training programmes as well as bespoke training, she empowers professionals to develop their practice. Jessica has the ability to transform academia into fascinating courses that are accessible and relevant to any professional. Her practical experience in the sector combined with her academic rigour and research makes her a powerful advocate for improving responses to child sexual exploitation and abuse . She is also a genuine pleasure to work with which is always a bonus!
HR, OD, Change Specialist
Jessica is a knolwedgeable, passionate and committed professional. She has an objective and evidence based approach to her subject area. I would highly recommend her.
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