How does an Online IG Interactive Event work?
- A full day event delivered via an interactive online platform
- Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
- Speaker sessions delivered with live presentations and resources
- Live interaction tools and breakout discussion groups
- Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
- Post-event resources to facilitate implementation of key takeaways
The 6th Annual Violence Against Women and Girls Event will once again provide the opportunity to discuss with peers and key sector leaders the latest developments in tackling the multitude of violent crimes committed against women and girls, while dealing with the rise in domestic abuse through the COVID-19 lockdown period. Based on feedback from last year’s successful event, and current priorities, this year’s key themes will include:
- The Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; latest updates since its introduction and the next steps for its implementation, which is expected later in 2020 as the Bill enters its final reading
- Inclusive service models focusing on improving family ties
- Understanding best practice preventative measures to tackle VAWG at its inception
- Learning how to benefit from a fraction of the £16 million which was announced for councils across England to help fund domestic abuse refuge services
- Overcoming the challenges presented by COVID-19, including how charities and public sector partners can continue to provide sustainable support for those experiencing violence and abuse, as well as survivors, including by utilising the £22 million of emergency funding announced in June 2020
The 6th Annual Violence Against Women and Girl’s Event will offer unparalleled networking opportunities with peers from the Voluntary, Local Government, Housing, Health and Criminal Justice Sectors. This will maximise your ability to learn from others and drive home the importance of effective joined-up multi-agency approaches to tackling VAWG.
*Please note to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines, this event will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates.
Use this time to explore the agenda for the day, and make connections with attendees and speakers.
- Highlighting key provisions in the Domestic Abuse Bill, and priorities for further strengthening the Bill and the Government’s response to domestic abuse
- Exploring how the Commissioner will help end VAWG by holding local and national Government to account for their role in tackling domestic abuse and VAWG
- Analysing how the Commissioner will improve VAWG services nationally by monitoring provision of domestic abuse services
- Analysing the impact of COVID-19 on the work to tackle abuse and violence
- Exploring key findings in the 2019 London Rape Review, including a £15 million investment into services for females who experience sexual violence and abuse
- Analysing additions to the ‘Review into the Victims’ Code of Practice’ which requires agencies to make victims aware of their entitlements to be referred to support services at each stage in their case
- Outlining recommendations for sectors dealing with VAWG, including undergoing workplace trauma informed training and recognising the neurobiological impact of trauma on memory
- Reviewing the Government’s ‘Strategy to End VAWG’ including a preventative approach such as the ‘WeProtect’ Advisory Board established to coordinate stakeholders to tackle online CSE
- Exploring progress made to date including the draft of the Sexual Offences Bill which refines a range of sexual offences and a new set of orders against perpetrators, and how the Domestic Abuse Bill will support this
- Reviewing the ‘Voice4Victims’ campaign including a victims’ rights amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill, making stalking harder for perpetrators
- How the system currently lets victims down: The survivor perspective
- Recap of where the Bill has got to
- Key gaps in the Bill
- Suggestions for improvements in the Bill plus plans for roll out
- What could be achieved without legislation
Jess will be co-presenting with a SafeLives Pioneer, who is a survivor of domestic abuse
Connect with attendees and discuss key themes so far via dedicated group chats, or use this time to take a screen break.
Woman’s Trust will be demonstrating how to better provide tailored mental health services for survivors of domestic abuse, by aiding women to overcome the emotional and mental health harm their experiences of domestic abuse have caused.
Delegates will learn to look at the wider effects of VAWG on female survivors and in particular the mental health needs of those survivors, which are very often overlooked.
- Exploring preventative measures being taken in London such as working with police and criminal justice partners to effectively handle dangerous individuals including over £3 million to expand the rehabilitative Drive project
- Learning how to lobby government for such an approach further afield including how to get involved with influencing the government to create a register for perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence, and for tougher sentences for image-based offenses
- Teaching about the London Councils Harmful Practices programme including how nurses, midwives and social workers were trained to recognise VAWG
- Providing best practice guidance on how to secure funding at a local level to improve the offering for local VAWG services
- Reviewing key findings from The 2019 State of Girls’ Rights in the UK report, including key guidance on how to ensure young girls are safe from VAWG
- Outlining research by Agenda which shows a link between domestic abuse and mental ill-health, addiction and poverty for girls and reviewing how this can be mitigated
- Analysing the response and recommendations to be considered in the Domestic Abuse Bill including considering young girls more clearly in the definition of domestic abuse
- Exploring the ‘Girls Speak’ campaign and demonstrating how it aids in reducing VAWG by using the experience of victims to influence policy and practice
Network with peers to discuss common challenges in tackling VAWG and find collaborative solutions using dedicated group chats, or take this time to enjoy a screen break.
- Exploring progress in setting accreditation standards for housing providers and demonstrating how they protect women and girls by identifying support nearby
- Outlining resources to tackle VAWG in the housing sector including through free workshops on how staff can become trauma-informed and identify signs of abuse
- Analysing how the National Domestic Abuse Service Standards help the housing sector to examine and improve service delivery through offering risk management training
- Learning how the standards can lessen the £18 billion yearly cost to the public purse from domestic violence through earlier intervention
- Demonstrating how the standards promote collaboration in and across sectors through connecting organisations to effective local initiatives through industry-standard referral tools
- Sharing the journey to becoming the first housing association in the North West to gain the DAHA Accreditation for effective work against domestic abuse
- Outlining the partnerships with organisations including SafeNet and White Ribbon which have helped build knowledge among the housing association staff around how to prevent and tackle domestic abuse
- Understanding the importance of offering all employees up to ten days paid leave in situations involving domestic abuse
- Coordinating efforts with local authorities, police and other agencies to support survivors with practical support, housing advice and improving access to refuges and longer-term homes
- Explaining how to demonstrate effectiveness in the eight key standards required for the DAHA accreditation
Make more connections with fellow attendees to support continued discussions following the day, or use this time to take a screen break.
- Examining the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown period on domestic abuse, and how Women’s Aid have responded to this
- Analysing key updates since the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill including the introduction of a VAWG strategy backed by over £100 million in funding
- Highlighting how to improve the police response to stalking and harassment by ensuring officers undergo stalking training, co-delivered by VAWG support specialists
- Learning what the key boundaries to dealing with VAWG are, including uncertainty over future funding and funding not covering full costs of delivery
- Outlining the ‘Change That Lasts’ Model, including the ‘Ask Me Initiative’ by identifying the strengths of this approach and how can it be implemented locally
- Overcoming the 30% shortfall in the number of refuge spaces compared to that recommended by the European Council by identifying victims who need most urgent care
- Exploring the 2020 ‘Domestic Abuse Report’ which provides a 360° view of survivors’ needs through a statistical update of the state of VAWG in 2020
- Outlining key findings in the National Rural Crime Network’s report on domestic abuse in rural areas, and how location causes an increased sense of isolation
- Examining service provision for women and girls in rural areas, and the need to strengthen awareness and collaboration between key agencies
- Considering the impact of COVID-19 on women experiencing abuse and violence in rural areas, and increasing access to support services to make up for any lost time during the lockdown period
- Sharing advice for other rural local authorities, police teams and partner agencies to improve multi-agency efforts to tackle VAWG, and what can be learned from other multi-agency approaches
As the potential for increased demand for services coinciding with reduced contact from agencies, due to the COVID-19 lockdown period, became a real concern for the Surrey DA partnership, local agencies involved in DA response started providing Surrey County Council with data on service demand for modelling and planning purposes.
The quantitative model that emerged is currently being complemented with qualitative insight from DA stakeholders, including victims, to complement and strengthen the predictive ability of the quantitative model.
The end product will be a mixed-method understanding of how the lockdown affected the Surrey DA response system and victims, that can be used to plan for similar events in the future.
This presentation aims to share the learning from the project, both in terms of its methodological development and findings on the effects of the lockdown on the DA system.
Following the final session, delegates will still have access to the event platform, to continue conversations with peers and accessing resources.
*programme subject to change
This Forum is specifically designed for the Voluntary, Local Government, Housing, Health Sectors and also the Criminal Justice Sector. Typical job titles attending this event include:
- Operation Managers
- Community Health and Wellbeing Officers
- Housing Managers
- Domestic Abuse Reduction Coordinators
- Head of Programmes and Practices
- Justice Leads
- Senior Policy Officers
- Service Delivery Managers
- ASB Officers
- Heads of Community Safety
- Support Workers
- Vulnerable People Leads
- Detective Superintendents
- Detective Chief Inspectors
- Detective Constables