Key Points
  • Key changes proposed in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill
  • Identifying, preventing and reporting domestic abuse
  • Supporting victims of domestic abuse
  • Improving the multi-agency response
  • Punishment and rehabilitation of perpetrators
Guest of Honour

David Tucker Crime and Criminal Justice Lead, College of Policing

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Donna Covey CBE, Director, AVA - Against Violence and Abuse
  • Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Women’s Aid
  • Nicole Jacobs, CEO, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
  • Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director, Surviving Economic Abuse
  • Medina Johnson, CEO, Chief Executive, IRISi
  • Ippo Panteloudakis, Operations Director, Respect
  • Doireann Larkin, Development Manager, Tender
  • Tonia Redvers, Head of Hidden Violence and Abuse and Counselling Services, The YOU Trust
  • Acting Detective Chief Superintendent, John Ross, Deputy Local Responsible Officer for Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Head of Safeguarding, East Area Command Unit, Metropolitan Police Service
  • David Tucker, Crime and Criminal Justice Lead, College of Policing
  • Helen Davies, Head of Thematic & Joint Inspections, HM Inspectorate of Probation
  • Claire Waxman, Victims Commissioner for London, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

The Government has set out a clear commitment to tackle domestic violence with the drafting of the Domestic Abuse Bill 2018 and almost £19 million of funding already pledged to expand support for survivors of domestic abuse services.

This conference provides an essential update on the latest legislation and the potential changes on the horizon outlined in the Domestic Abuse Bill to provide better protection to victims and bring more perpetrators to justice.

Attend to better understand how to promote awareness of domestic violence and to identify, protect and support victims. Learn how to provide an effective response to perpetrators from initial contact through to conviction and rehabilitation.

Hear from colleagues from health, the police, local authorities, housing, probation and prosecution about how to improve consistency and better performance in the response to domestic abuse through an effective multi-agency approach.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Donna Covey CBE Director, AVA - Against Violence and Abuse

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09:05 - 09:25
Keynote 1: The Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill

 
  • Key changes proposed in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and timeline for implementation
  • The role of the domestic violence and abuse commissioner
  • Delivering a sustainable funding model for refuges
  • Introducing a new statutory definition of domestic abuse

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Sian Hawkins Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Women’s Aid

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09:25 - 09:55
Keynote 2: Police Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence

 
  • Raising domestic abuse and violence awareness
  • Using a multi-agency, intelligence-led approach to persistently target offenders
  • Implications of the proposed Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs)
  • Supporting and protecting victims
  • The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
  • What we can learn from Domestic Homicide Reviews
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

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David Tucker Crime and Criminal Justice Lead, College of Policing

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09:55 - 10:35
Identifying, Preventing and Reporting Domestic Abuse

 
  • Raising public and professionals’ awareness of domestic abuse
  • Understanding the different forms of domestic abuse
  • Recognising the signs and most at risk factors
  • Creating safe places for victims to disclose
  • Developing effective training, education and risk assessment methods
  • Spotting the signs of elder abuse
  • The role of schools and PSHE in encouraging relationships based on respect and equality
  • Reporting domestic abuse to statutory agencies
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Nicola Sharp-Jeffs Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

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Doireann Larkin Development Manager, Tender

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Medina Johnson Chief Executive, IRISi

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10:35 - 11:05
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:05 - 11:35
Improving the Multi-Agency Response

 
  • Working in partnership to deliver a co-ordinated action plan to increase victim safety
  • Better multi-agency information sharing
  • MARAC and its functions
  • Developing effective action plans and measuring outcomes
  • Improving the effectiveness of Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences
  • Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)
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Acting Detective Chief Superintendent, John Ross Deputy Local Responsible Officer for Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Head of Safeguarding, East Area Command Unit

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Nicole Jacobs CEO, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

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11:35 - 12:15
Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse

 
  • Encouraging reporting of domestic violence
  • The impact of Government funding for safe houses and refuges
  • Implications of proposed new protection order to better protect victims from their abusers
  • Enhancing security measures at the client’s own home to reduce repeat victimisation
  • Education, employment and life-skills training
  • Supporting victims to access appropriate specialist services
  • Supporting male victims of domestic violence
  • Managing risk and exploring the support systems for men
  • Supporting children affected by domestic abuse
  • Developing the role of the independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA) in health and social care
  • Improving victim’s experience of the justice system
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

Speakers

Claire Waxman Victims Commissioner for London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

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Tonia Redvers Head of Hidden Violence and Abuse and Counselling Services, The YOU Trust

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Ippo Panteloudakis Operations Director, Respect

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12:15 - 12:55
Punishment and Rehabilitation of Perpetrators

 
  • Working with perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Developing a sustainable, national response to perpetrators of domestic abuse that knits together existing services and interventions
  • Perpetrator behaviour change programmes
  • Working with female offenders
  • Tactics to disrupt behaviour when the perpetrator does not engage
  • Overcoming cultural barriers and community engagement
  • Understanding the cultural context and environments behind perpetrators’ justifications for domestic violence
  • CPS performance in delivering the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy and revisions to include male victims
  • Key changes to court processes proposed by the Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Developing positive and effective feedback loops
  • Increasing survivor’s confidence in the system
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Katy Bourne Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

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Phil Bowen Director, Centre for Justice Innovation

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

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks

 

End

Speakers

Katy Bourne Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

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Donna Covey CBE Director, AVA - Against Violence and Abuse

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

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Sian Hawkins Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Women’s Aid

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Nicole Jacobs CEO, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

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Medina Johnson Chief Executive, IRISi

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Doireann Larkin Development Manager, Tender

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Ippo Panteloudakis Operations Director, Respect

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Tonia Redvers Head of Hidden Violence and Abuse and Counselling Services, The YOU Trust

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Acting Detective Chief Superintendent, John Ross Deputy Local Responsible Officer for Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Head of Safeguarding, East Area Command Unit

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Nicola Sharp-Jeffs Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

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David Tucker Crime and Criminal Justice Lead, College of Policing

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Claire Waxman Victims Commissioner for London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

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Venue details

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Radisson Blu Edwardian, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street, Nr Covent Garden, London, WC1B 3QD

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