Key Points
  • Reviewing Domestic Abuse Draft Bill: Strengthening the response for victims and exploring the practical implications for frontline professionals
  • Understanding the Impact on Domestic Violence on Children: Breaking the cycle and de-normalising abuse
  • Examples of Best Practice: How frontline professionals are changing attitudes, accessing new funding and improving provisions for victims
  • Tackling Perpetrators: Changing behaviours, reducing reoffenders and shifting accountability


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Chaired by: Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett, Officer, All Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse and Violence Committee, Labour Party

  • Jane Boys, Deputy Portfolio Director for Effectiveness, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service
  • Helen Davies, Head of Thematic & Joint Inspections, HM Inspectorate of Probation
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams, Borough Commander for Tower Hamlets, Metropolitan Police
  • Sophie Bell, Domestic Violence Implementation Manager, NSPCC
  • Emily Hilton, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer NSPCC
  • Gudrun Burnet, Director, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance Domestic Abuse Group Lead, Peabody
  • Bianka Lang, Social Worker of the Year (2016), Team Manager, Essex County Council
  • Adwoa Solomon, Domestic Abuse Lead, Essex County Council
  • Pragna Patel, Director & Founder, Southall Black Sisters
  • Professor Elizabeth Bates, Senior Lecturer of Psychology, University of Cumbria
  • DS Sarah Harris, Domestic Abuse Lead, Greater Manchester Police
  • Dr. Kathy Bonney, Associate Director, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Kyla Kirkpatrick, Programme Lead, Drive Project
  • Rosie Jarvis, Lead Practitioner, Drive Project

    "Our aim is to support victims, communities and professionals to confront and challenge all types of abuse, wherever they find it."
    Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Justice

    Last month the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice released the long awaited “Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse” to help support the 2 million people who experience domestic violence every year. The bill seeks to strengthen services for victims, increase the number of offenders bought to justice and a radically overhaul the justice system.

    Westminster Insights timely forum will how practitioners can implement new policy initiatives to improve provision for victims, their families and the wider community.

    You will hear from frontline professionals leading experts and government officials on how the draft bill will impact you. Gain vital strategies to increase support for victims in your locality, putting survivors and their families first.

    You will have the opportunity to engage with outstanding practitioners who are focused on reducing domestic abuse and violence from health, housing, local authorities, social care and policing.

    This forum will share examples of effective multi-agency approaches to improve consistency when supporting all types of victims including women, men, BAME, refugee and LGBTQ+. You will also gain valuable insight from the NSPCC on supporting children and young people exposed to domestic abuse and violence.

    Learn from a leading rehabilitation project who offer specialist intervention, changing the response to perpetrators from conviction to rehabilitation by using early intervention strategies, altering abusive behaviours and holding perpetrators to account. You will hear how effective responses to both victims and perpetrators can reduce reoffending and break the cycle, increasing protection for victims.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett Labour Party, Officer, All Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse and Violence Committee

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09:10 - 09:30
Keynote: Domestic Abuse Draft Bill: Reviewing the Impact on Victims

 
  • Assessing the ‘Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse’ draft bill in order to reduce domestic violence    
  • Understanding the new statutory definition for domestic abuse, the different types and forms domestic abuse can take        
  • Exploring how the draft bill could impact victims, especially BAME and migrant women

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Pragna Patel Director & Founder, Southall Black Sisters

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09:40 - 10:00
A Family Approach: Supporting Children and Young People Exposed to Domestic Violence

 
  • Understanding the wider impact domestic abuse can have on children and families 
  • Using early intervention strategies to break the cycle and de-normalise domestic abuse for children and young people 
  • Exploring how exposure to domestic abuse can affect children and young people’s mental health
  • Improving support services available to children aacnd young people to reduce any lasting impact caused by witnessing domestic violence 

Speakers

Emily Hilton Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, NSPCC

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Sophie Bell Domestic Violence Implementation Manager, NSPCC

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10:10 - 10:40
Panel: Transforming the Response to Victims: Health, Police, Local Authorities, Social Care and Housing

 
  • Exploring how multi-agencies including local authorities, health care, social care, children services, housing and police authorities can work together to support victims and survivors
  • Investigating new funding for domestic abuse projects and provisions including housing and local authorities 
  • Exploring the implications of social security and how the introduction of economic abuse could change the response to victims   
  • Improving societal and frontline attitudes towards victims to encourage more victims to come forward  
  • Strengthening domestic abuse protection orders (DAPO) to create a safer environment for survivors  

Speakers

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams Borough Commander for Tower Hamlets, Metropolitan Police

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Adwoa Solomon Domestic Abuse Lead, Essex County Council

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Bianka Lang Social Worker of the Year (2016), Team Manager, Essex County Council

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Gudrun Burnet Director, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Domestic Abuse, Group Lead, Peabody

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10:40 - 10:50
Questions and Discussion

 

10:50 - 11:20
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:20 - 11:50
Panel: Supporting Different Victim Groups

 
  • Understanding the difficulty minority victim groups face in coming forward 
  • Implementing strategies to support different groups including BAME, refugees, male, elderly people and LGBTQ+ 
  • Exploring support services available to minority victim groups   
  • Creating a community between multiple agencies to support minority groups through the prosecution process  
  • Challenging victim stereotypes of domestic violence to improve responses to all survivors 

Speakers

DS Sarah Harris Domestic Abuse Lead, Greater Manchester Police

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Dr. Kathy Bonney Associate Director, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dr. Elizabeth Bates Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Cumbria

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11:50 - 12:00
Questions and Discussion

 

12:00 - 12:30
Case Study: Holding Perpetrators to Account: Stopping and Changing Abusive Behaviours

 
  • Increasing safety for victims, children and families by challenging perpetrators to stop and change
  • Changing the narrative of domestic violence, shifting accountability to perpetrators
  • Strengthening the whole system approach to perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • Reducing the potential for reoffending and repeat or serial abuse
  • Identifying long-term solutions to eradicate domestic abuse

Speakers

Kyla Kirkpatrick Director, Drive Project

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Rosie Jarvis Lead Practitioner, Drive Project

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12:30 - 12:40
Questions and Discussion

 

12:40 - 13:10
Domestic Abuse: From Inspections to Improvements

 
  • Understanding how police forces and probation services currently manage domestic abuse perpetrators
  • Highlighting key findings from independent inspections, including recommendations for change
  • Analysing how to better support the needs of victims/survivors through managing and monitoring perpetrators
  • Examining the role of partnership working in achieving better support and protection for victims/survivors and their families
  • Assessing changing patterns in police response to reported domestic abuse, including new inspection findings


Speakers

Jane Boys Deputy Portfolio Director for Effectiveness, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service

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Helen Davies Head of Thematic & Joint Inspections, HM Inspectorate of Probation

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13:00 - 13:10
Questions and Discussion

 

13:10 - 13:20
Chairs Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Bates Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Cumbria

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Sophie Bell Domestic Violence Implementation Manager, NSPCC

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Dr. Kathy Bonney Associate Director, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

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Jane Boys Deputy Portfolio Director for Effectiveness, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service

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Gudrun Burnet Director, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Domestic Abuse, Group Lead, Peabody

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Helen Davies Head of Thematic & Joint Inspections, HM Inspectorate of Probation

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DS Sarah Harris Domestic Abuse Lead, Greater Manchester Police

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Emily Hilton Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, NSPCC

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Rosie Jarvis Lead Practitioner, Drive Project

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Kyla Kirkpatrick Director, Drive Project

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Bianka Lang Social Worker of the Year (2016), Team Manager, Essex County Council

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Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett Labour Party, Officer, All Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse and Violence Committee

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Pragna Patel Director & Founder, Southall Black Sisters

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Adwoa Solomon Domestic Abuse Lead, Essex County Council

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Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams Borough Commander for Tower Hamlets, Metropolitan Police

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Venue details

Park Plaza London Riverbank 18 Albert Embankment London SE1 7TJ United Kingdom

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