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Event Summary

Recent figures show that 75% of all domestic abuse cases are closed early without the suspect being charged, and just 1.6% of rape allegations in England and Wales result in someone being charged.*

The Home Office has just published statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on victims.  July also marked the first anniversary of the Domestic Abuse Act (DAA).  Earlier this year, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act enshrined increasing the time limit for prosecution of common assault or battery in domestic abuse cases.

However, due to the pandemic, cases are more complex than ever, with spikes in referrals as children, after isolation, are now visible to services.  Additionally, survivors of domestic abuse still navigate a challenging system. Courts are under-resourced, facing huge backlogs, with cancellations, delays and postponements.

Against this backdrop of policy, strategy, and challenges, we are pleased to announce our established and highly regarded bi-annual Tackling Domestic Abuse Digital Conference.

Multi-agency panels and case studies, from the Police, NHS, children’s services, education, and community groups, will share best practice in joint working.  We’ll spotlight in-depth perspectives from the victim’s viewpoint, and frontline.  You’ll also hear, from specialist practitioners and expert panels, perspectives on vulnerable and diverse groups.

*Report by HM Inspector of Constabulary

Key Points

  • Learn more about the Government’s new DDA 2021 statutory guidance.  How will it ensure “victims are supported to access frontline support that meets the complexity of their needs”, arming key agencies and services to offer targeted support to victims and survivors?
  • Understand how you can implement and utilise the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act legislation to help tackle domestic abuse.  How can the time limit change be transformative in bringing perpetrators to book?
  • Hear from best practice case studies and panels, how services can best work together, for impactful multi-agency response to domestic abuse.
  • Discuss how the justice process can work to support victims and prosecute offenders.
  • Learn, from lived experience and victim insights, how to improve service provision.
  • Gain specialist, practical advice on helping children and young people affected by domestic abuse, particularly in our unprecedented post-pandemic context.
  • Learn about specific concerns around vulnerable and minority groups.