(Chair) Professor Aisha K. Gill Ph.D CBE, Board member of ‘End Violence Against Women’ Coalition, adviser to the IPCC for gendered violence and extensive experience providing advice to the Government, Ministry of Justice, Scotland Yard, and Crown Prosecution Service
(Keynote) Baroness Sally Hamwee, Lead Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson in the House of Lords and Member of the All Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse and Violence Committee
Allen Davis, Harmful Practices Lead Metropolitan Police, Co-founder, Growing Against Violence Charity
Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women’s Aid
Leethen Bartholomew , Head, National FGM Centre
Lynn Gradwell , London Director, Barnardo’s
Shabana Kusuar, VAWG Strategic Lead, Boroughs Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea
Lesley Weber, Service Manager, Hackney’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Service
Claire Waxman, Victims Commissioner, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
Alison Byrne, Specialist FGM Midwife, NHS
Nina Malik, Survivor and Campaigner, Freedom Programme
In 2018 1.3 million girls experienced violence across England and Wales. With the recently published Domestic Abuse Bill and 2030 Global Goals, understanding the role of gender in eradicating VAWG has never been more important.
This timely forum will unite key stakeholders to explore how the Coercive
Control and The Serious Crime Act (2015) can better support ‘at risk’ girls and survivors of VAWG. Identifying key issues and solutions for frontline professionals whilst offering insight into changing the culture and attitudes surrounding VAWG.
FGM has been an illegal practice in the UK for over three decades, and on Friday 1st February, a landmark case witnessed the first UK conviction. To eradicate FGM from the UK, understanding the law and prosecution process must become a top priority for multiple agencies. Westminster Insight’s forum will explore the role of different sectors in supporting both ‘at risk’ girls and survivors of FGM.
You will have the unique opportunity to hear from a survivor sharing the impact of gender-based violence on their mental, emotional and physical health giving you a better understanding of how to reach and support ‘at risk’ girls or survivors in the future.
Gain insights from leading industry experts, frontline professionals and survivors who will discuss early intervention and multi-agency strategies. This forum will also review the role of intersectionality in VAWG and examine the support services available for BMER girls and women across the UK.