Domestic Violence
21 Oct 2010
8th Annual Conference. Addressing the needs of domestic violence victims: the political landscape. Held at Grand Connaught Rooms, London

This year’s conference provided a timely opportunity to hold the new Coalition Government to account, hear details on actions taken to achieve the vision set out by Theresa May MP now she is Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities and explore what is being done in terms of service provision so that women and girls get the support they need.

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

10:10
Nicola Sharp, Head of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Refuge
Opening Address

10:20
Eleri Butler, Domestic Violence Strategy Co-ordinator, Brighton and Hove Council
Issues for specialist services within a challenging commissioning environment

10:40
Deborah Quilgars, Project Lead and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
New research update: Accommodation and housing related support for households at risk of domestic violence

11:00
Mary Macleod MP, Former Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee
Ministerial Address

11:20
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:35
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:05
Suzelle Dickson, Joint Head of the Forced Marriage Unit, Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Review and Implementation: Responding to forced marriage

12:25
Nicola Sharp, Head of policy and parliamentary affairs, Refuge
Forced Marriage in the UK: A scoping study on the experience of women from Middle Eastern and North East African communities

12:40
Jane Keeper, Head of Operations, Refuge
Value of specialist domestic violence organisations: How Refuge listens to women and children to shape its services

12:55
Davina James-Hanman, Director, AVA (Against Violence and Abuse)
Evaluation findings: needs and wants of victims of domestic violence

13:10
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:20
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:10
Seminar A: How to consult with survivors when developing domestic violence services
David Warren QPM, Interpersonal Violence and VAWG Lead, Safer Communities Directorate, Government Office South West Philippa Chapman, Initiator of SEEDS (Survivors Empowering & Educating Domestic Abuse Services)

14:10
Seminar B: Working with high risk victims: How to undertake risk assessment with women experiencing domestic violence – the new DASH model
Laura Richards, Criminal Behavioural Psychologist, Laura Richards and Associates

14:10
Seminar C: Domestic violence, gender equality and human rights: the EHRC’s role
Karen Grayson, Policy Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission