Domestic Violence
19 Nov 2009
Understanding violence against women and girls: Getting service provision right 7th Annual Conference. Held at Hilton London Metropole

This conference provided an opportunity to hear the latest policy developments on the strategy to end violence against women, learn about the various forms of violence affecting women and children and discuss ongoing challenges to joined-up service provision.

Programme
10:00
Professor Jon Silverman, Media and Criminal Justice, University of Bedfordshire
Introduction and welcome by Conference Chair

10:10
Professor Ann Keen MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Services, Department of Health
Keynote address: National Violence Against Women Strategy

10:20
Janet Veitch, Co-Chair, End Violence Against Women Coalition
Understanding violence against women

10:40
Sandra Horley OBE, Chief Executive, Refuge
Contribution from Refuge

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments and networking
11:50
Dr Maddy Coy, Research Fellow, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University
Map of Gaps 2: The support services postcode lottery

12:10
Kara Beavis, Policy Officer, Women's Resource Centre
Stability and sustainability in the VAW sector

12:30
Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Keynote address: Building a sustainable sector

12:50
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:10
Buffet lunch and networking
14:10
Refuge service user
Multiple abuse service needs

14:25
Dr Aisha Gill, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Roehampton University
Meeting needs of BMER women who have experienced multiple forms of gender-based violence

14:40
Questions and discussion: Session 3
14:50
Panel discussion: Challenges to linking up support services
Panel members include: Jane Keeper, Director of Operations, Refuge (domestic violence) Abigail Stepniz, National Co-ordinator, the Poppy Project (trafficking) Fiona Elvines, Helpline Co-ordinator, Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Croydon (rape and sexual assault) Shaminder Ubhi, Director, Ashiana (forced marriage and honour based violence)

15:30
Naana Otoo-Oyorteyp MBE, Executive Director, Forward
Awareness raising seminar 4: Supporting women at risk of honour based violence