When Enough is Enough: Putting Prevention, Support and Justice at the Heart of Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls

Date:     Thursday 6th October 2022

Time:     10:00am - 3:15pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Webinar - Check Your System / Device Compatibility

  • Event Abstract
  • Programme
  • Key Speakers
  • Who Should Attend?
  • Marketing Opportunities

There is an epidemic of violence and abuse against woman and girls in this country and the cases of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa only further highlight the fact that there are too many instances in which victims and survivors are let down by system-wide failures. For every high-profile case there are sadly many more – an estimated 1.6 million women suffer domestic abuse, over 800,000 women experience stalking and approximately 560,000 women are sexually assaulted each year in England and Wales. For many years, services for victims have been unable to meet the scale of this crime, leaving too many women unable to access the support that they so desperately need or receive the justice they deserve.

To address these urgent challenges, in July 2021 the Government published the Tackling Violence against Women and Girls Strategy. Seeking to improve service response for victims and drive improvements in the criminal justice system, the Government also launched a Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan in March 2022. This fresh set of measures aims to drive down the prevalence of domestic abuse with a strong focus on prevention, disrupting perpetrators and enhancing support for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst these new frameworks are major steps forward, they cannot succeed without radical systemic change alongside awareness raising campaigns that can foster wider societal shifts in attitudes to help make zero tolerance a reality.

With the recent launch of a new multi-year national communications campaign that says “ENOUGH” to violence against women and girls, this timely Policy Foresight online live conference offers a valuable opportunity for key partners from local authorities, the police, health, housing, social care, criminal justice, education, third sector and other key statutory agencies to examine how to put the strategic reforms into practice and deliver real systemic change. The webinar provides an ideal platform for participants to hear from experts and policymakers, learn from innovative best practice and share ideas with fellow participants to bring about lasting change that supports victims fully, challenges perpetrators and turns the tide on the unacceptable levels of violence, intimidation and abuse suffered by women and girls.

Why Attend?

  • Live webinar featuring presentations and panel discussions with a wide range of policymakers, experts and key officials
  • Interactive Question Time sessions with opportunities to engage with all speakers
  • Examine the impact of recent legislation and strategies including the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, Tackling Violence against Women and Girls Strategy, the subsequent Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act
  • Discuss the impact of awareness raising campaigns and explore what more can be done to bring about shifts in attitudes and drive cultural change
  • Learn best practice from experts working to protect and support victims and bring perpetrators to justice
  • Gather knowledge to enhance existing frameworks, procedures, processes and toolkits
  • Share ideas with fellow participants from local authorities, social care, the police, housing, health, criminal justice, education, third sector and other key statutory agencies
  • On Demand – Exclusive access to speaker presentations and post-event resources

  • Resource - 21st July 2021 Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

    Latest News - 15th February 2022: More support for domestic abuse victims to rebuild their lives

    Latest News - 1st March 2022: Home Secretary says ‘Enough’ to violence against women and girls

    Latest News - 30th March 2022: Home Secretary launches new Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan

    Guidance - 8th July 2022 Domestic Abuse Act 2021: New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised

    Latest News - 18th July 2022: Domestic Abuse Commissioner reappointed for a second term

    Open Public Consultation - 21st July 2022 Creating an Offence of Public Sexual Harassment [Closes 1st September 2022]


    Delegate Online Login


    Introduction by Webinar Organiser


    Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


    Morning Keynote Session: Tackling Violence against Women and Girls – The National Picture

  • Understanding the national picture – Responding to the nature and scale of violence against women and girls after Covid-19
  • Examining the impact of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, including the new duty on local authorities to provide support for victims and their children and safe accommodation in refuges
  • Exploring the reforms in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act, Tackling Violence against Women & Girls Strategy, The Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan and the ongoing End-to-End Rape Review
  • Ending the postcode lottery – Identifying and addressing the gaps in service provision

  • 10:30am

    Morning Keynote Session: Questions and Discussion


    Panel Session One:

    When Enough Is Enough – Changing Attitudes and Driving Cultural Change

  • Driving cultural change by challenging misogyny and the pervasiveness of violence against women and girls
  • Starting earlier – Educating children and young people about violence against women and girls, healthy relationships, consent and the consequences of abuse
  • Creating Safer Spaces – Prioritising the prevention of violence in public spaces, including in the night-time economy
  • Addressing the increasingly complex role of technology in perpetrating violence and abuse

  • 11:20am

    Panel Session One: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Two:

    Improving Support for Victims through a Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Raising awareness and understanding of all forms of abuse including ‘upskirting’ and harassment, sexual violence, stalking, honour-based violence, FGM and domestic abuse
  • Using trauma-informed support to deliver tailored and appropriate service provision for women
  • Providing effective interventions and adequate support for marginalised or minoritised women, including migrant women, homeless, disabled, LGBTQ+ and individuals in rural settings
  • Improving access to accommodation and housing support for at-risk individuals and their children

  • 12:20pm

    Panel Session Two: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Three:

    Building Capacity and Improving Local Multi-Agency Working

  • Utilising Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) to tackle violence against women and girls through a ‘Public Health Approach
  • Enhancing Local Partnership Boards, MAPPAs and MARACs – strengthening multi-agency working and data-sharing between the police, local authorities, public health, social care, education and the third sector
  • Implementing the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to meet the needs of victims in every area
  • Improving local capacity to be able to manage the increase and complexity in cases since the start of Covid-19

  • 1:40pm

    Panel Session Three: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Four:

    Bringing Perpetrators to Justice & Delivering Lasting Protection for Victims

  • Ensuring successful investigations and prosecutions that bring perpetrators to justice and end abuse
  • Prioritising victims’ safety and experience throughout the entire criminal justice process
  • Implementing Operation Soteria – Examining the impact of the pilot programmes on improving local police responses, investigations and the management of rape and sexual assault cases
  • Providing lasting protection and effective perpetrator management through Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPAs)

  • 2:50pm

    Panel Session Four: Questions and Discussion


    Final Questions and Chair's Summary & Closing Comments


    End of Online Seminar

    *Please note the programme and timings are subject to slight alteration without notice

    Home Office

    Megan Wilson, Violence Against Women and Girls Policy Lead, Home Office


    Graham Ritchie, Deputy Director of Strategy and Policy, Crown Prosecution Service


    Claire Waxman OBE, Independent Victims' Commissioner for London, Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)

    NHS England

    Catherine Hinwood, Lead for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, NHS England

    Durham Constabulary

    Detective Chief Superintendent David Ashton, Lead for Operation Soteria; Head of Safeguarding, Complex and Serious Investigations, Forensics and Intelligence, Durham Constabulary

    Women's Aid

    Isabelle Younane, Head of Policy & Campaigns, Women’s Aid

    Standing Together

    Sally Jackson, Partnership Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse


    Abigail Ampofo, Director of Service Delivery, Refuge

    Southall Black Sisters

    Hannana Siddiqui, Head of Policy and Research, Southall Black Sisters

    Durham University

    Dr Stephen Burrell, Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Sociology, Durham University

    Lambeth Council

    Kimberly Cassius, Violence Against Women and Girls Programme and Commissioning Manager, Lambeth Council


    Gudrun Burnet, Founder, DAHA Alliance (Chair & Moderator)

    • Local Authority Officers & Councillors
    • Central Government Departments & Agencies
    • Police & Crime Commissioners
    • Domestic Abuse & Sexual Abuse Co-ordinators
    • Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVAs)
    • Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs)
    • Directors of Children’s Services
    • Heads of Victim Support
    • Victim Support Officers
    • Directors of Safeguarding
    • Safeguarding Managers
    • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
    • Local Safeguarding Adult Boards
    • Drug & Alcohol Action Teams
    • Community Safety Officers & Managers
    • Safeguarding & Child Protection Teams
    • Family & Parental Support Workers
    • Refuge Services
    • Head of Housing & Support Services
    • Housing Officers
    • Troubled Families Teams
    • Children & Family Services
    • Domestic Abuse Police Leads
    • Violence against Women and Girls Police Leads
    • Members of Specialist Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (Rasso) Units
    • Neighbourhood Policing Officers & Practitioners
    • Probation Officers
    • General Practitioners
    • Community Midwives
    • NHS Health Workers
    • Commissioning & Partnerships Managers
    • Court Service, Judges & Magistrates
    • Criminologists
    • Voluntary & Community Organisations
    • Academics & Researchers

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