Key Points
  • Review the Domestic Abuse Bill and new offences that will now be monitored, such as financial abuse
  • Identify victims early on: knowing how to respond correctly and creating a safe space for them to report and disclose sensitive information
  • Protecting victims during a pandemic: exploring the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown on the escalation of domestic violence and enabling the continuation of specialist domestic abuse services and emergency shelter
  • Create sustainable models to support the most vulnerable and ensuring support from services and local authorities leads to protection for victims
  • Family courts: protecting children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and ensuring children's voices are heard and their safety prioritised
  • Understanding perpetrators in order to work with them to develop sustainable rehabilitation pathways and review the key changes to the court process and protection orders
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Overview
Expert speakers include:

  • Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner
  • Gudrun Burnet, CEO, Standing Together
  • Noreen Wallace, Domestic Abuse Lead Inspector, HMI Probation
  • Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director, Surviving Domestic Abuse
  • Kate Johal, Senior Policy Advisor, Action for Children
  • Sophie Francis-Cansfield, Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer,Women's Aid
  • Dr Elizabeth Bates, Senior Lecturer of Psychology, University of Cumbria
  • Rob Ewin, Detective Sergeant, North Crime & Safeguarding Hub, Durranhill Police Station
  • Luke Hart, Author & Activist, Coco Awareness
  • Gabriela Quevedo, Director for Advocacy and Influencing, Latin American Women’s Aid
  • Christina Ioannou, Legal Housing Adviser, Latin American Women’s Aid

Westminster Insight’s forum will provide an essential update on the latest legislation and regulation seeking to better protect victims and bring perpetrators to justice. We will also review the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown on domestic violence rates, what lessons can be learnt and how to best support victims and families in the aftermath. We will explore adopting policies and strategies to help support victims into social housing and ensuring economic abuse does not encourage victims to stay with an abusive partner.

We will discuss how improved recordings and strategies will help prevent future cases of domestic abuse, key changes to the court and protection orders, and how to create sustainable models to encourage those from minority communities into accessing support from available services.

We will explore early intervention strategies to break the cycle and de-normalise domestic abuse for children and young people, and Luke Hart will be giving you personal insight into improvements that could be made by public organisations such as schools and doctors,in identifying warning signs and monitoring suspected cases. .

The event will bring those together from housing, social, or family settings, to improve consistency and better performance in the response to domestic abuse through an effective multi-agency approach.

Agenda
Start

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

 

09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address: Exploring the Need for National Laws and Regulations in Order to Tackle Domestic Abuse

 

  • Reviewing the Domestic Abuse Bill and new offences that will now be monitored, such as financial abuse 
  • The need for placing a legal duty on councils to offer secure homes for those fleeing violence 
  • Acknowledging the importance of multi-agency responses in supporting victims in light of COVID-19
  • Reviewing any potential funding that can contribute to delivering sustainable response models
  • Update on statutory service for accommodation for refuges and possible funding model for support services in England and Wales

    09:30 – 09:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Nicole Jacobs Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

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09:40 - 10:30
Improving the Multi-agency Response and Ensuring a Duty of Care for All Those Involved in Domestic Abuse

 
  • Reviewing how multi-agency responses worked during COVID-19 and what could be improved to ensure the safety of victims 
  • Identifying victims early on, knowing how to respond correctly and creating a safe space for them to report and disclose sensitive information
  • Understanding why information sharing early on is essential in preventing people to fall through the gaps: working between agencies to support each other in the process of getting victims to safety 
  • Adopting policies and strategies to help support victims into social housing 
  • Ensuring economic abuse does not encourage victims to stay with an abusive partner 

    10:20 - 10:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Gudrun Burnet CEO, Standing Together

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Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

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Linda Salt Head of safeguarding at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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10:30 - 11:00
Reviewing Improvements Going Forward in Policing to Tackle Domestic Abuse

 

  • How improved recordings and strategies will help prevent future cases of domestic abuse
  • Reviewing the national Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) and the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse charges 
  • Exploring how the eight-stage pattern will assist in identifying offenders
  • Using a multi-agency, intelligence-led approach to tackle domestic abuse

    10:50 – 11:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Rob Ewin Detective Sergeant, North Crime & Safeguarding Hub, Durranhill Police Station

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11:00 - 11:15
Break

 

11:15 - 12:00
Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Abuse

 
  • Using early intervention strategies to break the cycle and de-normalise domestic abuse for children and young people
  • Safeguarding vulnerable children and improving access to services, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis 
  • Family courts: protecting children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and ensuring children’s voices are heard and their safety prioritised
  • Prohibiting the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts
11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Sophie Francis-Cansfield Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer, Women's Aid

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Kate Johal Senior Policy Advisor, Action for Children

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12:00 - 12:30
Implementing Strategies to Support and Raise Recognition for Different Groups of Victims, Including Migrants, Male, And LGBTQ+

 

  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on different groups including BAME, refugees, men and the LGBTQ+ community
  • Creating sustainable models to support the most vulnerable and ensuring support from services and local authorities leads to protection for victims
  • Supporting those from minority ethnic communities who have limited support from the system and making it easier for them to access services
  • Developing Domestic Abuse services for LGBT+ communities
  • Supporting those from minority ethnic communities who have limited support from the system
  • Implementing strategies to support different groups including BAME, refugees, male, elderly people and LGBTQ+
12:20 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Bates Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Cumbria

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Christina Ioannou Legal Housing Adviser, Latin American Women’s Aid

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Gabriela Quevedo Director for Advocacy and Influencing, Latin American Women’s Aid

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Heather Paterson Chief Executive Officer, SAYiT

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12:30 - 12:50
Case Study: Learning from Survivors

 
  • Identifying where services helped the most and where improvements could have been made
  • Discussing what could have been picked up by public organisations like schools and doctors but also private organisations like vets, estate agents, solicitors and even locksmiths that saw the signs but didn’t enquire further

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Luke Hart

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12:50 - 13:15
Responding Appropriately and Productively When Coming into Contact with Perpetrators

 
  • Update of the progress made against the 2018 domestic abuse thematic inspection
  • What we have seen in our core inspection programme 2018-20
  • Better identifying domestic abuse perpetrators in order to intervene and offer appropriate referrals 

13:05 – 13:15 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Noreen Wallace Domestic Abuse Lead Inspector, HMI Probation

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13:15 - 13:20
Chair’s Closing remarks

 

End

Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Bates Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Cumbria

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Gudrun Burnet CEO, Standing Together

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Rob Ewin Detective Sergeant, North Crime & Safeguarding Hub, Durranhill Police Station

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Sophie Francis-Cansfield Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer, Women's Aid

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Luke Hart

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Christina Ioannou Legal Housing Adviser, Latin American Women’s Aid

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Nicole Jacobs Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

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Kate Johal Senior Policy Advisor, Action for Children

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Heather Paterson Chief Executive Officer, SAYiT

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Gabriela Quevedo Director for Advocacy and Influencing, Latin American Women’s Aid

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Linda Salt Head of safeguarding at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

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Noreen Wallace Domestic Abuse Lead Inspector, HMI Probation

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Venue details

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