Key Points
  • Implications of the Domestic Abuse Bill for Practitioners
  • Implementing the VAWG Strategy and New Updates for March 2021
  • Adapting Services to Meet the Changing Needs of Provision Due to Covid-19
  • Accessing Funding for Domestic Abuse Programmes and Projects
  • Supporting Minoritised Groups and Making Services Inclusive
  • Identifying Victims, Providing Refuge, and Coordinating a Multi-Agency Response
  • Transforming the Justice Process: The Domestic Abuse Bill's Impact on the Punishment and Rehabilitation of Perpetrators
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Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Farah Nazeer, CEO, Women’s Aid
  • Oliver Lendrum, Head of Domestic Abuse Policy, Family & Criminal Justice Policy Directorate, Ministry of Justice
  • David Tucker, Crime and Criminal Justice Lead, College of Policing
  • Andrea Simon, Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW)
  • Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England & NHS Improvement
  • Gudrun Burnet, CEO, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
  • Valerie Wise, National Domestic Abuse Lead, Victim Support
  • Claire Waxman, Victims Commissioner, London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
  • Sergeant Brian Guntrip, Integrated Offender Management (Turnaround), Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Ippo Panteloudakis, Head of Services, Respect
  • Pragna Patel, Director, Southhall Black Sisters (SBS)
  • Michelle John, Director, Parental Education Growth Support (PEGS)
  • Nahar Choudhury, Regional Director of Operations, Hestia

The pandemic has increased the risk of domestic abuse as lockdowns have meant many people have had to stay at home in unsafe environments and support services have been harder to reach and provide. Calls to helplines have increased dramatically and evidence suggests that incidents are becoming more complex, serious and violent. (Home Office Select Committee Report 2020)

This forum explores how services are adapting to meet rising demand and reach and provide services for those at-risk during the pandemic. The event will hear how services are utilising technology and providing virtual support to victims of abuse, whilst also supporting their own staff through the crisis.

Delegates will hear about how to prepare for the latest incoming Government policy, including the Domestic Abuse Bill and updates to the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. Practitioners from across multiple sectors including health, the police, local authorities, VCSEs, housing, probation and prosecution, will discuss their new responsibilities under the Bill and how they can improve joint working.

The forum will explore how to best utilise the Government’s new raft of financial support for domestic abuse services. Including emergency funding to support victims throughout the pandemic, funding for innovative preventative programmes and for organisations to expand services in preparation for their new duties of support under the Domestic Abuse Bill.

The coronavirus has also highlighted the stark inequalities in our society and so time will be given to explore how services can improve inclusivity to better identify and tailor support to marginalised, minority as well as hidden abuse groups such as child to parent abuse, to meet the needs of all victims of domestic abuse.

The event will finish with a focus on the police and criminal justice response to domestic abuse. Delegates will look at how the Domestic Abuse Bill will improve responses to perpetrators from initial contact through to conviction and rehabilitation, to help break the cycle and prevent domestic abuse.

Agenda
Start

08:50 - 09:30
Chair’s Extended Opening Remarks: Delivering the Government’s Priorities for Domestic Abuse

 
  • Implications of the Domestic Abuse Bill for practitioners
  • Statutory guidance and how different sectors can prepare for its implementation
  • Recovery and rebuilding from COVID-19
  • Funding for domestic abuse services
  • The next VAWG strategy
9:20 - 9:30 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Farah Nazeer Chief Executive, Women’s Aid

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09:30 - 10:00
Next Steps for Delivering the VAWG Strategy

 
  • Implementing the VAWG Strategy and new updates for March 2021
  • Support for victims and justice for perpetrators
  • Funding for services to support the Strategy
  • Improving the multi-agency response to tackling VAWG
  • The importance of awareness raising and prevention
9.50 - 10.00 Questions and Discussion 

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Andrea Simon Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW)

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10:00 - 10:40
Panel Discussion: Adapting Services to Meet the Challenges of the Pandemic and Lockdowns

 
  • The impact of lockdown on domestic abuse and services
  • Changing approaches to service delivery to respond to Covid-19
  • Exploring the opportunities and limitations for delivering services virtually
  • Ensuring the safety of service users and staff
  • Innovative approaches to safe housing and refuge
  • Improving early identification, intervention and prevention of domestic abuse whilst under lockdown
  • The impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse practitioners and how to best support them
  • Taking learnings and opportunities into post-Covid recovery and beyond
10.30 - 10.40 Questions and Discussion 

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Claire Waxman Victims Commissioner, London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

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Nahar Choudhury Regional Director of Operations, Hestia

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Valerie Wise National Domestic Abuse Lead, Victim Support

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10:40 - 10:50
Intermission

 

10:50 - 11:30
Panel Discussion: Making Services Inclusive for Minoritised and Hidden Groups

 
  • Understanding the impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns on domestic abuse in different communities
  • Raising awareness, encouraging reporting and widening access to support 
  • Tailoring services to meet the needs of different groups
  • Amplifying voices from minoritised or hidden communities
  • Confronting and working with perpetrators
11.20 - 11.30 Questions and Discussion 

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Michelle John Director, Parental Education Growth Support (PEGS)

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Pragna Patel Director, Southall Black Sisters

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Ippo Panteloudakis Operations Director, Respect

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11:30 - 12:10
Panel Discussion: Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse - Identifying Victims, Providing Refuge, and Coordinating a Multi-Agency Response

 
  • Preparing for new responsibilities and duties for different statutory agencies under the Domestic Abuse Bill and making effective changes to service delivery in response to COVID-19
  • Improving identification of people experiencing abuse and early intervention 
  • Implementing effective first response procedures and practice 
  • Improving multi-agency information sharing and governance 
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) 
  • Sharing success stories from different sectors 
12.00 - 12.10 Questions and Discussion 

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Gudrun Burnet CEO, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

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Kenny Gibson National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England

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12:10 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Transforming the Justice Process

 
  • Key changes to court processes proposed by the Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Increasing survivor’s confidence in the system
  • Using a multi-agency, intelligence-led approach to persistently target offenders
  • What we can learn from Domestic Homicide Reviews 
  • Working with perpetrators of domestic violence, including rehabilitation and behaviour change programmes
  • The role and use of Domestic Abuse Protection Orders
12.40 - 12.50 Questions and Discussion 

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Oliver Lendrum Head of Domestic Abuse Policy, Family & Criminal Justice Policy Directorate, Ministry of Justice

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Sergeant Brian Guntrip Integrated Offender Management (Turnaround), Devon and Cornwall Police

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David Tucker Faculty Lead for Crime and Criminal Justice, College of Policing

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

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Farah Nazeer Chief Executive, Women’s Aid

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End

Speakers

Gudrun Burnet CEO, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

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Nahar Choudhury Regional Director of Operations, Hestia

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Kenny Gibson National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England

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Sergeant Brian Guntrip Integrated Offender Management (Turnaround), Devon and Cornwall Police

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Michelle John Director, Parental Education Growth Support (PEGS)

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Oliver Lendrum Head of Domestic Abuse Policy, Family & Criminal Justice Policy Directorate, Ministry of Justice

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Farah Nazeer Chief Executive, Women’s Aid

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Ippo Panteloudakis Operations Director, Respect

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Pragna Patel Director, Southall Black Sisters

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Andrea Simon Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW)

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David Tucker Faculty Lead for Crime and Criminal Justice, College of Policing

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Claire Waxman Victims Commissioner, London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

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Valerie Wise National Domestic Abuse Lead, Victim Support

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Venue details

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