Domestic Abuse Conference: Protecting and supporting victims
“Domestic violence and abuse is a life shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime, tackling it is a key priority for this Government.” – Prime Minister Theresa May
One quarter of women in England and Wales will experience domestic violence in their lifetime while official statistics show that a woman is killed every three days by a current or former partner. Speaking in February 2017 the Prime Minister pledged to help the “thousands of people who are suffering at the hands of abusers” but are “unaware of the options and support available to them”.
The Government is set to hold a consultation on the laws and support systems designed to protect the victims. The findings will form the basis of a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act which will aim to improve access to services, end the “postcode lottery” surrounding victim support and clarify the law by consolidating existing legislation. Any new measures will complement recent reforms including domestic violence protection orders, laws criminalising coercive control and a disclosure scheme to help people find out if their partner has previous abuse convictions.
Critics of the Government point to a lack of funding for specialist refuges which has seen the number of centres fall by 17% since 2010. Charities have also suggested that an affordable housing shortage and recent welfare reforms are making it harder for victims to flee their abusers.
Join us for the Domestic Abuse Conference where leading experts will assess recent and proposed reforms and discuss what more can be done to protect vulnerable victims. Understand the impact that recent measures have had on conviction rates, how housing and welfare policies can affect domestic violence victims and what specialist support is available for male victims.
Please register interest below and we will keep you updated
Registration and Coffee
Opening Remarks from Chair
Professor Lorraine Radford, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Central Lancashire (Invited)
Hilary Fisher, Director of Policy, Research and Campaigns, Women’s Aid
The creation of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Act
Professor Gene Feder, Professor of Primary Care, University of Bristol (Invited)
The health impact of domestic violence
Polly Neale, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid (Invited)
Creating specialist refuges
Philip Noyes, Chief Advisor of Child Protection, NSPCC (Invited)
Identifying and combatting child abuse
Lunch & Networking
Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive, Refuge (Invited)
Housing Shortages and Welfare Reform how is this increasing pressure on victims of abuse?
Mark Brooks, Chairman, Mankind Initiative
Raising awareness of male domestic abuse
Clare Waxman, Director, Voice4Victims
The legal rights of victims
Refreshments & Comfort Break
Professor Nicole Westmarland, Durham University (Invited)
Understanding why people abuse and why do people stay?
Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive, Mind (Invited)
Getting back their life: Protection and counselling for domestic abuse victims
Professor Roger Seifert, Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Wolverhampton
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