Laura Richards, BSc, MSc, Asc. IA-IP, MBPsS
Laura is a renowned international expert on domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence and risk assessment. After a decade of analysing violent crime at New Scotland Yard Laura became the violence adviser to the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). Trained by world leaders as a criminal behavioural analyst at the Behavioural Analysis Unit, National Centre for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI and New Scotland Yard, Laura has applied her psychology degrees to analyse violent crime from a behavioural and preventative perspective.
Laura has a BSc in Psychology and Sociology and an MSc in Forensic and Legal Psychology, and with a background in intelligence-led policing, has been the architect of law reform to better protect victims on three occasions.
Laura is Founder and Director of Paladin, the world’s first National Stalking Advocacy Service. Paladin was set up following the highly successful All Party Parliamentary Stalking Law Reform Campaign spearheaded by Laura, which led to stalking becoming a criminal offence in 2012. More recently Laura spearheaded the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign to criminalise coercive control. Laura helped draft the new law and the statutory guidance and developed and delivered the first training on the new law in the UK.
Laura previously worked in intelligence and serious crime for over a decade at New Scotland Yard and was responsible for setting up the first Homicide Prevention Unit. Laura was the head of the Violent Crime Intelligence and Analysis Unit in the Metropolitan Police Service. Laura continues to advise NPCC, the College of Policing, the Home Office and Police Services across the UK on violent crime and public protection.
Laura developed the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model on behalf of NPCC.
Through Laura’s expertise in domestic violence, stalking and sexual abuse, Laura is an established commentator in the media and has previously looked at cold cases, launched appeals, spoken with police officers and interviewed families who have lost loved ones through violent assaults.
Laura is Co-Creator and Host of Real Crime Profile podcast with Jim Clemente, ret. FBI Profiler and Lisa Zambetti Director of Casting for Criminal Minds and is Co-Creator/Executive Producer of ‘The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey’ which aired on CBS September 18 and 19 2016.