Overview

22 Sep, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm23 Sep, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm
Online
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the Annual Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Forum will once again provide the opportunity to connect with peers and discuss the latest updates with sector leaders in tackling violence, abuse and harassment directed towards women and girls

Now in its 7th year, the Annual Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Forum will once again provide the opportunity to connect with peers and discuss the latest updates with sector leaders in tackling violence, abuse and harassment directed towards women and girls. A key focus at this year’s event will be analysing the impact of COVID-19, particularly on domestic abuse, and considering how to recover from this, including by utilising new powers and opportunities afforded by the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.

Finally given Royal Assent in April 2021, this long-awaited piece of legislation has broadened the legal definition of domestic abuse to include emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse. With new support measures for victims and survivors, and additional powers for police including Domestic Abuse Protection Notices, this event will provide the opportunity to examine what such measures mean for different stakeholders involved in responding to and preventing VAWG, and discuss best practice joined-up working for a successful multi-agency approach.

Furthermore, with additional initiatives provided as part of the Tackling Violence Against Women Strategy, unveiled by the Home Office in July 2021, all stakeholders must be prepared to improve the criminal justice response to violence and abuse, while enhancing the quality of support for victims and survivors. Join with colleagues at this Forum to plan the next steps for implementation.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

HMI Zoë Billingham photo
HMI Zoë Billingham
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
Michael Carver photo
Michael Carver
Clinical Lead for Hospital-based Violence Reduction Models
NHS London

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.

A short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Course leader M.A. Woman and Child Abuse and Short Course on Sexual Violence
London Metropolitan University
Invited
9:40 am
An Update from the Domestic Abuse Commissioner: Utilising New Powers to Tackle VAWG

This session will outline the key features of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 that enshrines powers for the Domestic Abuse Commissioner into law, highlighting functions and powers that will strengthen the governments’ response to domestic abuse, and monitor the quality of service provision.

The Commissioner will also discuss her role in holding local government to account for their role in tackling domestic abuse and highlight funding and support available for local authorities and their partner agencies, including to provide accommodation for those who cannot safely stay at home.

This session will include time for questions.

Hannah Gousy
Hannah Gousy
Head of Policy
Domestic Abuse Commissioner
Confirmed
10:10 am
Empowering Survivors During the Pandemic

This session will look at some of the work that AVA have done to support survivors and front line organisations during the pandemic. It will focus on:

  • Breathing Space: AVA’s recovery app co-produced with women with lived experience
  • My Voice Matters: Virtual peer support and influencing work with  survivors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Haringey, North London
  • Supporting front line providers to move on line through digital safeguarding support

This session will include time for questions.

Donna Covey CBE
Donna Covey CBE
Chief Executive
AVA (Against Violence and Abuse)
Confirmed
10:35 am
The Domestic Abuse Act and Beyond: Meaningful Responses to VAWG that Reduce Long-Term Harm
  • Examine progress in delivering the Domestic Abuse Act – including through the new statutory duty on local authorities to fund support in safe accommodation, and wider reforms to housing and the justice system
  • Discuss the new Violence Against Women and Girls and proposed Domestic Abuse Strategy, and how to deliver an integrated response to tackling VAWG locally
  • Learn about the Change That Lasts plan and process to ensure women get the right response to domestic abuse the first time they disclose an issue – and how to ensure this is embedded across all agencies involved, including health, police, housing and local authorities
  • Explore the evidence base and economic benefits for delivering long-term sustainable funding for specialist women’s domestic abuse services

This session will include time for questions.

Farah Nazeer
Farah Nazeer
CEO
Women’s Aid
Confirmed
11:05 am
Break and Virtual Networking

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content from speakers and wider experts.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:25 am
Taking a Public Health Approach to Ending VAWG
This session will explore proactive approaches to reducing violence through a public health perspective, in line with Public Health England’s focus on tackling the pandemic of VAWG as a public health problem.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Learning what an effective structural approach to bridging services across the NHS, social care and the third sector looks like
  • Ways of integrating mental health into major trauma clinical pathways, and strengthening the use of social prescribing, as key methods of preventing violence
  • How to improve the collection and use of data to prevent and respond to violence
  • Learn how the London-based Violence Reduction Academy will develop and share evidence-based approaches, and how findings and best practice can be utilised across NHS Trusts

This session will include time for questions.

Michael Carver
Michael Carver
Clinical Lead for Hospital-based Violence Reduction Models
NHS London
Confirmed
11:50 am
Making Policy and Practice Work for Victims and Survivors

Hear the survivor perspective on current approaches to how agencies respond to VAWG, as well as on what the Domestic Abuse Act really means for how victims and survivors will be supported. Advice will also be offered on how multi-sector partnerships can strengthen approaches, separate to legislative powers and requirements.

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to ensure effective responses for groups not explicitly included in the new legislation
  • Practical strategies for meeting the intersectional needs of victims and survivors
  • Responding to the increased demand for services as a result of COVID-19

This session will include time for questions.

Shana Begum
Shana Begum
Abuse Survivor and Pioneer
SafeLives
Confirmed
12:25 pm
Delivering the Co-ordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Abuse to Improve Support and Service Provision
  • Understanding what the CCR means for local areas, and how they can improve their responses to domestic abuse
  • Highlighting practical ways for service providers to improve communication and collaboration for a better multi-agency support network for survivors
  • Discussing how the CCR can help to hold abusers to account
  • Utilising the CCR to recover from the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse and VAWG more broadly

This session will include time for questions.

Gudrun Burnet
Gudrun Burnet
Co-founder, DAHA
CEO, Standing Together
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Chair’s Summary
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Course leader M.A. Woman and Child Abuse and Short Course on Sexual Violence
London Metropolitan University
Invited
1:00 pm
Day 1 Close and Virtual Networking

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content from speakers and experts.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

 

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.

A short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

10:00 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Course leader M.A. Woman and Child Abuse and Short Course on Sexual Violence
London Metropolitan University
Invited
10:10 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Effective Responses for Different Kinds of Abuse and Violence

Delegates will be invited to contribute questions and comments throughout for consideration and discussion among the panel.

  • Discussing the range of first responses required for different types of abuse disclosed, including economic abuse, harassment in public, controlling behaviour, or sexual violence
  • Examining structures of multi-agency working to effectively respond to different types of abuse, including how this may differ depending on whether police teams are involved
  • Considering the long-term support that is needed in different situations, such as financial advice and support, trauma therapy, or witness protection
Pragna Patel
Pragna Patel
Director
Southhall Black Sisters (SBS)
Confirmed
Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson
CEO
Hourglass
Confirmed
Katie Dawtry
Katie Dawtry
Development Manager for Research and Evaluation
Hertfordshire County Council
Confirmed
11:00 am
Break and Virtual Networking

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content from speakers and experts.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Working with Perpetrators to Reduce VAWG

Delegates will be invited to contribute questions and comments throughout for consideration and discussion among the panel.

  • Methods for engaging with men and boys in formal and informal contexts to raise awareness of violent behaviour and cultural norms that need changing in order to tackle VAWG
  • Tackling ‘everyday’ sexual harassment through education and awareness raising strategies, including through public campaigns in collaboration with policymakers
  • Working with agencies involved in responding to violence and harassment, including rape, such as specialist and non-specialist police staff to tackle negative perceptions of female victims
Superintendent Dickon Turner
Superintendent Dickon Turner
Area Commander for Somerset, Force Lead for Problem Solving and Rural Affairs, and Drive Fellow, South Gloucestershire
Avon and Somerset Police
Confirmed
Lydia Patsalides
Lydia Patsalides
Regional Manager
Crimestoppers Trust
Confirmed
Macey McMullen
Macey McMullen
Violent Crime Reduction Officer - Emergency Care and Trauma
Tower Hamlets Council
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Improving the Police Efforts in Tackling VAWG

This session will highlight and analyse the main findings of the HMICFRS Police Engagement with Woman and Girls report, due for full publication in September 2021.

Zoë will outline recommendations for how police can improve interactions with women and girls, including as part of the tackling VAWG agenda, based on findings from this report.

The session will also explore how such recommendations align with new powers as part of the Domestic Abuse Act.

This session will include time for questions.

HMI Zoë Billingham
HMI Zoë Billingham
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
Confirmed
12:25 pm
Interactive Delegate Discussion: Key Takeaways and Next Steps

This session will provide you with an opportunity to connect with colleagues working in similar and partner agencies and organisations to tackle VAWG and provide effective support for all women experiencing abuse.

In small break out groups, discuss your key learnings from all sessions through the event, strategise next steps with each other, and consider practical steps to work together more effectively.

12:45 pm
Chair’s Summary
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Course leader M.A. Woman and Child Abuse and Short Course on Sexual Violence
London Metropolitan University
Invited
1:00 pm
Day 2 Close and Virtual Networking

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content from speakers and experts.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

 

*Programme subject to change

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