Key Points
  • Review the Domestic Abuse Bill and new offences that will now be monitored, such as financial abuse
  • Identify victims early on: knowing how to respond correctly and creating a safe space for them to report and disclose sensitive information
  • Create sustainable models to support the most vulnerable and ensuring support from services and local authorities leads to protection for victims
  • Family courts: protecting children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and ensuring children’s voices are heard and their safety prioritised
  • Understanding perpetrators in order to work with them to develop sustainable rehabilitation pathways and review the key changes to the court process and protection orders
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Overview
Expert speakers include:

  • (Chair) Baroness Hamwee, Lead Home Affairs Spokesperson, House of Lords
  • Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner
  • Gudrun Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody
  • Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women’s Aid
  • Helen Davies, Head of Thematic and Joint Inspection, Assistant Chief Inspector, HMI Probation
  • Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director, Surviving Domestic Abuse
  • Kate Johal, Senior Policy Advisor, Action for Children
  • Professor Elizabeth Bates, Senior Lecturer of Psychology, University of Cumbria
  • Linda Salt, Head of safeguarding at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Steve Slack, Chief Executive Officer, Say It
  • Luke Hart

Recent suspensions of Parliament have delayed the passing of the Domestic Abuse Bill, introduced with cross-party support by the government in July, meaning tackling the issue is essential now more than ever.

Westminster Insight’s Forum provides an essential update on the latest legislation and regulation provide better protection to victims and bring more perpetrators to justice. You will explore adopting policies and strategies to help support victims into social housing and ensuring economic abuse does not encourage victims to stay with an abusive partner.

We will discuss how improved recordings and strategies will help prevent future cases of domestic abuse, key changes to the court and protection orders, and how to create sustainable models to support those from minority communities into accessing support from available services.

You will learn new approaches to using early intervention strategies to break the cycle and de-normalise domestic abuse for children and young people, and Luke Hart will be giving you personal insight into improvements that could be made by public organisations such as schools and doctors, in seeing the signs and bringing suspected cases further.

The event will bring those together from housing, social, or family settings, to improve consistency and better performance in the response to domestic abuse through an effective multi-agency approach.

Agenda
Start

08:15 - 08:50
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

08:50 - 09:05
Chair and Westminster Insight Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Sally Hamwee Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson, House of Lords, Member All-Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse & Violence Committee

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09:05 - 09:40
Keynote Address: Exploring the need for national laws and regulations in order to tackle domestic abuse

 
  • Reviewing the Domestic Abuse Bill and new offences that will now be monitored, such as financial abuse 
  • The need for placing a legal duty on councils to offer secure homes for those fleeing violence 
  • Acknowledging the importance of multi-agency responses in supporting victims
  • Reviewing any potential funding that can contribute to delivering sustainable response models
  • Update on statutory service for accommodation for refuges and possible funding model for support services in England and Wales

    Questions and Discussion: 09:25 – 09:40

09:40 - 10:30
Improving the multi-agency response and ensuring a duty of care for all those involved in domestic abuse

 
  • Identifying victims early on, knowing how to respond correctly and creating a safe space for them to report and disclose sensitive information
  • Understanding why information sharing early on is essential in preventing people to fall through the gaps: working between agencies to support each other in the process of getting victims to safety 
  • Adopting policies and strategies to help support victims into social housing 
  • Ensuring economic abuse does not encourage victims to stay with an abusive partner 

    Questions and Discussion: 10:15 – 10:30

Speakers

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

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Nicola Sharp-Jeffs Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

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Linda Salt Head of safeguarding at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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10:30 - 11:00
Reviewing the improvements going forward in policing

 
  • How improved recordings and strategies will help prevent future cases of domestic abuse
  • Reviewing the national Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)
  • Exploring how the eight-stage pattern will assist in identifying offenders
  • Using a multi-agency, intelligence-led approach to tackle domestic abuse

    Questions and Discussion: 10:50 – 11:00

11:00 - 11:30
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Implementing strategies to support and raise recognition for different groups of victims, including migrants, male, elderly people and LGBTQ+

 
  • Creating sustainable models to support the most vulnerable and ensuring support from services and local authorities leads to protection for victims
  • Supporting those from minority ethnic communities who have limited support from the system and making it easier for them to access services 
  • Developing Domestic Abuse services for LGBT+ communities

Speakers

Steve Slack Chief Executive Officer, Say It

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

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12:00 - 12:45
Supporting families and children when abusive relationships develop

 
  • Using early intervention strategies to break the cycle and de-normalise domestic abuse for children and young people 
  • Safeguarding vulnerable children and improving access to services
  • Family courts: protecting children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and ensuring children’s voices are heard and their safety prioritised
  • Prohibiting the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts

    Joint Questions and Discussion: 12:30 – 12:45

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Kate Johal Senior Policy Advisor, Action for Children

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Lucy Hadley Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women's Aid

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12:45 - 13:00
Case Study: Learning from survivors

 
  • Identifying where services helped the most and where improvements could have been made
  • Discussing what could have been picked up by public organisations like schools and doctors but also private organisations like vets, estate agents, solicitors and even locksmiths that saw the signs but didn’t enquire further

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Luke Hart

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13:00 - 13:35
Responding appropriately and productively when coming into contact with perpetrators

 
  • Update of the progress made against the 2018 domestic abuse inspection
  • Better identifying offenders in order to intervene and offer appropriate referrals
  • Understanding perpetrators justification in order to work with them to develop sustainable rehabilitation pathways
  • Strategies to disrupt behaviour when perpetrators respond with counter allegations and do not engage
  • Working with female offenders
  • Key changes to the court process and protection orders

    Joint Questions and Discussion: 13:20 – 13:35

Speakers

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

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13:35 - 13:45
Chair’s Closing remarks

 

End

Speakers

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

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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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Lucy Hadley Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women's Aid

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Baroness Sally Hamwee Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson, House of Lords, Member All-Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse & Violence Committee

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Luke Hart

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Nicole Jacobs Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

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Kate Johal Senior Policy Advisor, Action for Children

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Linda Salt Head of safeguarding at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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Nicola Sharp-Jeffs Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

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Steve Slack Chief Executive Officer, Say It

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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