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

Date:     Wednesday 19th April 2023

Time:     10:00am - 3:40pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Conference

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There is an epidemic of violence and abuse against woman and girls in this country with an estimated 1.6 million women suffering domestic abuse, over 800,000 women experiencing stalking and a record high of 199,021 sexual offences recorded by police in the year to September 2022 – an increase of more than a fifth compared with before the pandemic. Recent high-profile cases have brought these figures into sharp focus and illustrate the stark reality that too many victims and survivors are let down by system-wide failures, and for every high-profile case there are sadly many more. Challenged by years of underfunding and heightening demand, services for victims have been unable to meet the scale of the problem, leaving too many women unable to access the support that they so desperately need or receive the justice they deserve.

Building on the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the Government has sought to address these urgent challenges through recent strategies, initiatives and reviews. In the last year, the Government launched the Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan to drive down the prevalence of domestic abuse, through prevention, perpetrator disruption and enhanced support for victims of domestic abuse. In December 2022, the Government launched a 24/7 support line for victims of rape and sexual assault and published the Progress Report on the End-to-End Rape Review, which showed that recent cross-government work is starting to deliver results with a 67% increase in rape convictions since 2020. Whilst this work signals a step forward, more needs to be done support victims, challenge perpetrators, and foster wider societal shifts to make zero tolerance of violence against women and girls a reality.

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 the impact of the new strategies, initiatives and reforms. Participants will also explore the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic and cost-of-living crisis are having on the scale of violence against women and the subsequent demand for services. 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 improve multi-agency responses, deliver trauma informed support for victims, and ensures perpetrators are brought to justice.

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, reviews 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, The End-to-End Rape Review and the upcoming Victims Bill
  • Explore what can be done to challenge misogyny, shift 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 - 1st March 2022: Home Secretary says ‘Enough’ to violence against women and girls

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

    Resource - 1st September 2022 Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan

    Resource - 15th December 2022 End to End Rape Review Progress Report

    Latest News - 9th January 2023: Fund launched to protect domestic abuse victims through prevention

    Latest News - 20th February 2023: Domestic abusers face crackdown in raft of new measures

    Latest News - 17th March 2023: Tougher sentences for domestic killers

    Latest News - 31st March 2023: Victims fleeing domestic abuse given lifeline payments


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    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
  • Exploring the impact of Covid-19 and the cost-of-living crisis on victims and survivors of abuse
  • Analysing the reforms in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act, Tackling Violence against Women & Girls Strategy, The Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan and the progress of the End-to-End Rape Review and the upcoming Victims Bill
  • Tackling the ‘patchwork of provision’ – Identifying and addressing the gaps in victim and survivor services

  • 10:30am

    Morning Keynote Session: Questions and Discussion


    Panel Session One:

    When Enough Is Enough – Changing Attitudes and Driving Cultural Change

  • Challenging misogyny – Driving cultural change by engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women
  • Starting earlier – Educating children and young people about violence against women and girls, healthy relationships, consent and the consequences of abuse
  • Raising awareness and understanding of all forms of abuse including ‘upskirting’ and harassment, sexual violence, stalking, honour-based violence, FGM and domestic abuse
  • 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

  • Using a trauma-informed approach to deliver tailored and appropriate service provision for victims
  • Delivering effective interventions and support for marginalised or minoritised women, including migrant women, homeless, disabled, LGBTQ+ and individuals in rural settings facing multiple disadvantage
  • Utilising a ‘Whole Housing Approach’ to improve access to accommodation and housing support for at-risk individuals and their children
  • Understanding the impact of abuse on a victim’s mental health and ensuring adequate support is embedded into services

  • 12:25pm

    Panel Session Two: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Three:

    Building Capacity and Improving Local Multi-Agency Working

  • Implementing a whole system response – Utilising the Coordinated Community Response (CCR)
  • Strengthening Local Partnership Boards and MARACs – Enhancing multi-agency working and data-sharing between the police, local authorities, health, housing, social care, education and the third sector
  • Improving local commissioning structures to meet the rise and complexity in cases since the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout the cost-of-living crisis
  • Developing joined-up pathways of support for victims and survivors with multiple needs, particularly for those facing multiple disadvantage

  • 2:00pm

    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
  • Exploring the lessons learned from the wider rollout of Operation Soteria – Enhancing local police responses, investigations and the management of rape and sexual assault cases
  • Delivering successful Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPAs) – Improving information sharing between the probation service and other key agencies to prevent perpetrators from reoffending

  • 3:10pm

    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

    Domestic Abuse Commissioner

    Andrea Campos-Vigouroux (Keynote Address), Senior Policy Advisor, The Office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner


    Lisa Morris, Deputy Chief Inspector (Inspection), HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI)

    College of Policing

    Superintendent Manjit Atwal, Violence against Women and Girls Lead, The College of Policing

    NHS England

    Catherine Hinwood, Lead - Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence; Deputy Director, Health and Justice Team, NHS England

    Durham University

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


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

    Women's Aid

    Isabella Lowenthal-Isaacs, Senior Policy and Practice Officer, Women’s Aid


    Sumanta Roy, Head of Research, Evaluation and Development, Imkaan

    Standing Together

    Sally Jackson, Partnership Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse

    Saranya Kogulathas, Whole Housing Programme Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse


    Abigail Ampofo, Director of Service Delivery, Refuge

    Lambeth Council

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

    Farhana Hussain, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Workstream Lead, Lambeth Council

    • 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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