Annual Domestic Violence Forum
28 Jun 2011
National Conference. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1

Headline Speakers

This annual national forum offered delegates the timely opportunity to hear the latest government policy as well as learn from and discuss best working practices and value for money at a local level.

Programme
10:00
Jane Keeper, Director of Operations, Refuge
Welcome and opening comments by conference chair

10:10
Jeanette York, National Lead, Community Safety & Policing (Policy), Audit Commission
Assessing value for money

10:30
Jane Keeper, Director of Operations, Refuge
The challenges of commissioning

10:50
Nicola Harwin CBE, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid
Spending cuts and service provision

11:10
Questions and discussion : Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Nicola Harwin CBE, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid
Introduction by session chair

12:10
Diana Barran, Chief Executive, CAADA (Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse)
Making Big Society work for the sector

12:25
Marai Larasi MBE, Director, IMKAAN
Ensuring equality and diversity in local service delivery

12:40
Briony Redman, MARAC Co-ordinator, Standing Together against Domestic Violence
MARACs: using local expertise to meet the needs of at risk families

12:55
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:10
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Marai Larasi MBE, Director, IMKAAN
Introduction by session chair

14:10
Philippa Chapman, Co-ordinator, SEEDS (Survivors Empowering and Educating Domestic Abuse Services)
Progressing volunteering: service user engagement

14:25
Mary Mason, Director, Solace Women’s Aid
Housing: the crises and the way forward

14:40
Jo Todd, CEO, Respect
Why fund domestic violence services for men?

14:55
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:05
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:20
Seminar A: Working with perpetrators in a multi-agency setting
Cathy Holder, Practice Manager, Lancashire Probation Trust; Debbie Fawcett, Manager, HARV Domestic Violence Team.

15:20
Seminar B: What does good look like? Showcasing good multi-agency work
Trish Harrison, Domestic and Sexual Violence Manager, West Sussex; Caitlyn McCarthy, Domestic and Sexual Violence Training & Development Officer, West Sussex.