Key Points
  • Investigating FGM policy: Understanding the role of agencies including child services, health, police authorities, social services and schools
  • Reviewing the Domestic Abuse Bill: the impact for different agencies including child services, health, police authorities, schools and social services
  • Analysing the Serious Crime Act 2015: Implementing Coercive Control as a criminal offence
  • Improving support services for 'at risk' girls and survivors through collaboration: Exploring prevention techniques, changing attitudes and effective communication between multiple agencies
  • Early Intervention: Assessing how to reduce and ultimately eradicate Violence against Women and Girls through early education and improving support services
Guest of Honour

Baroness Sally Hamwee Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson, House of Lords, Member All-Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse & Violence Committee

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Overview
  • (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 proving 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, Campaigners and Public Officer, 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, Mayors 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 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, 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 timely conference 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.

    Agenda
    Start

    08:35 - 09:00
    Registration

     

    09:00 - 09:10
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Professor Aisha K. Gill Ph.D CBE Adviser IPCC on gender-based violence, 'End Violence Against Women' Coalition Board Member, Lecturer University of Roehampton

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    09:10 - 09:40
    Domestic Abuse Bill: The Policy Behind Achieving the 5th Global Goal by 2030

     
    • Reviewing the Domestic Abuse Bill
    • Investigating the benefits of a multi-agency approach towards gender-based violence including Health, Police Authorities, Schools and Social Services
    • Understanding how the Bill will contribute to delivering the 2030 Global Goals on VAWG     
    • How the role of a VAWG Commissioner could help to reduce gender-based violence      
    • Explaining the role of gender in domestic abuse and effectiveness of previous policy initiatives
     Questions and Discussion between 9.30 - 9.40 am 

    Speakers

    Baroness Sally Hamwee Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson, House of Lords, Member All-Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse & Violence Committee

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    09:40 - 10:10
    The Serious Crime Act (2015) and Coercive Control: Overcoming Challenges of Identification and Evidence

     
    • Introducing Coercive Control and the Serious Crime Act (2015)           
    • Raising awareness of VAWG including minority ethnic groups and refugees    
    • Examining how to identify women and girls ‘at risk’ of violence and prevention techniques Changing attitudes and the culture surrounding domestic and sexual abuse to make eradicating VAWG a societal priority 
    • The impact of gender and intersectionality on Coercive Control   
    • Understanding how Clare’s Law can support survivors of domestic and sexual abuse
    • Identifying patterns of behaviour and collecting evidence to support the prosecution of perpetrators
    Questions and Discussion between 10:00 am and 10:10 am

    Speakers

    Lucy Hadley Campaigners and Public Affairs Officer, Women's Aid

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    10:10 - 11:00
    Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG): Supporting Survivors Through Multiagency Collaboration [PANEL]

     
    • Understanding who is responsible, the process of reporting and the role of each of the following sectors in eradicating VAWG: Health, Police Authorities, Schools and Social Services
    • Ensuring all survivors including BMER have access to support services  
    • Engaging with male attitudes towards VAWG
    • Understanding how to support survivors of VAWG including coercive control      
      Analysing how to communicate effectively across sectors and county lines to provide excellent support services
    Questions and Discussion between 10:50 am and 11:00 am

    Speakers

    Shabana Kausar VAWG Strategic Lead, Boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea

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    Alison Byrne Specialist FGM Midwife

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    Lesley Weber Domestic Abuse Clinical Specialist, FDAC, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

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

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    11:00 - 11:30
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:30 - 12:10
    Early Intervention: Multiagency Techniques for Reducing Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

     
    • Understanding the role early intervention can play in reducing VAWG 
    • Assessing a multi-agency approach to identifying ‘at risk’ women and girls
    • Examining how early intervention can reduce the long-term impact of violence on survivors
    • Exploring example techniques and strategies used by the National FGM centre to prevent gender-based violence such as breast flattening and FGM occurring in the first place     
    Questions and Discussion between 12:00 pm and 12:10 pm


    Speakers

    Lynn Gradwell Director, London Region, Barnardo's

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    Leethen Bartholomew Head, National FGM Centre

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    12:10 - 12:50
    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Increasing Prevalence and Prosecution in the UK

     
    • Promoting awareness of FGM and increasing training for frontline professionals to respond and support girls ‘at risk’ or survivors of FGM
    • Understanding the law and prosecution process for FGM to help convict more perpetrators
    • How policy initiatives such as anonymity for survivors could help to increase prosecution
    • Analysing how frontline professionals and senior authorities can implement the FGM National Action Plan to better support survivors 
    • Insight into services and projects available to support both ‘at risk’ and survivors of FGM
    • Educating future generations about the damage FGM can cause  
    Questions and Discussion between 12:40 pm and 12:50 pm


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    Inspector Allen Davis Harmful Practices Lead, Metropolitan Police

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    12:50 - 13:10
    A Survivors Experience: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of VAWG and What the Public Sector can do to Break the Cycle in the UK

     

    • An insight into the mental, emotional and physical consequences and implications of VAWG
    • Nina’s experience of reporting gender-based violence and the difficulties a survivor or ‘at risk’ girl faces in coming forward   
    • Breaking the cycle of gender-based violence and use of support services 
    • Investigating the role of frontline professionals in supporting survivors and girls or women ‘at risk’ of VAWG

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    Nina Malik Survivor and Campaigner, Freedom Programme

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    13:10 - 13:20
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Professor Aisha K. Gill Ph.D CBE Adviser IPCC on gender-based violence, 'End Violence Against Women' Coalition Board Member, Lecturer University of Roehampton

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    End

    Speakers

    Leethen Bartholomew Head, National FGM Centre

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    Alison Byrne Specialist FGM Midwife

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    Inspector Allen Davis Harmful Practices Lead, Metropolitan Police

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    Professor Aisha K. Gill Ph.D CBE Adviser IPCC on gender-based violence, 'End Violence Against Women' Coalition Board Member, Lecturer University of Roehampton

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    Lynn Gradwell Director, London Region, Barnardo's

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    Lucy Hadley Campaigners and Public Affairs Officer, Women's Aid

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    Baroness Sally Hamwee Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson, House of Lords, Member All-Party Parliamentary Domestic Abuse & Violence Committee

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    Shabana Kausar VAWG Strategic Lead, Boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea

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    Nina Malik Survivor and Campaigner, Freedom Programme

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

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    Lesley Weber Service Manager, Domestic Abuse Intervention Service and VAWG Lead, Hackney Council

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