Event Summary

The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 2.1 million people aged 16 years and over experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2023.

Domestic abuse encompasses intimate partner violence, coercive and financial control, and psychological abuse. Understanding the signs of all forms of domestic abuse is key to prevention and early intervention.

With recent legislative updates including the Victims and Prisoners Bill, and new statutory guidance, join our timely Tackling Domestic Abuse Conference, chaired by Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, Chair of Refuge, to hear updates from experts, policy makers and specialist practitioners. With £257 million of new funding allocated to local authorities, we will explore how agencies can work together to ensure safety for all survivors, prevent offending and break the cycle of abuse.

We will be joined by Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs OBE, Founder and CEO of Surviving Economic Abuse to spotlight the impact of economic abuse and how to respond effectively. Hear from domestic abuse campaigner David Challen, who in 2019 successfully campaigned to free his mother Sally Challen in a landmark appeal recognising the lifetime of coercive control she suffered. Hear from the charity Barnardo’s on taking a whole-family approach and delivering effective interventions to children and young people. Hear from  Avon & Somerset Police and Next Link Domestic Abuse on improving access to domestic abuse victim support services, and trauma informed approaches from emergency services. Katy Bourne OBE, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner will update on work to understand, prevent and tackle stalking.

This conference will bring together professionals working in domestic abuse services from across the country to discuss solutions, network and share learnings with peers.

Choose to attend in-person or online.

Key Points

  • Reviewing progress since the Domestic Abuse Act and Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan
  • Understanding the recent legislative changes including the Victims and Prisoners Bill and new statutory guidance
  • Spotlighting coercive control, economic and tech abuse
  • Proposed changes to the victims code
  • Tougher sentencing plans in cases of domestic homicide
  • Ensuring access to safe and secure accommodation across the country
  • Learning from lived experience
  • Putting victims at the heart of the judicial process and embedding victim support in family courts
  • Evaluating perpetrator intervention schemes and effective MATAC processes

Venue details

In-person: This conference will take place at the Institution of Structural Engineers, Bastwick Street, London. Attend this full-day event in person to network, build relationships and learn from your peers.

Online – The conference will be recorded and live streamed via a custom digital platform. The content will be available on demand for 14 days.


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