09:00 – 09:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Abigail Ampofo

Abigail Ampofo

Director of Service Delivery, Refuge

09:10 – 09:40

Keynote: Government Update on Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse

  • Insights from the Domestic Abuse Plan
  • Home Office investment and routes to funding to tackle domestic abuse
  • Progress update on implementing the Domestic Abuse Act and new statutory guidance
  • Next steps
Live Q & A
09:30 – 09:40
Kate Lakhani

Kate Lakhani

Interpersonal Abuse Unit, Head of Domestic Abuse Victims Policy, Home Office

09:40 - 09:50


09:50 – 10:40

Panel Discussion: Bringing Perpetrators to Justice

  • Recommendations of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to improve the police response to domestic abuse
  • Improving the confidence of victims and survivors reporting domestic abuse to the police and implications of time limit changes to DA reporting in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
  • Next steps in the delivery of Domestic Abuse Protection Notices (DAPNs) and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs) and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)
  • Provisions for electronic monitoring of the most harmful perpetrators
  • Learning from domestic homicides to prevent future deaths
  • Improving victims’ and survivors’ experience of the criminal justice system and using the Domestic Abuse Best Practice Framework (DA BPF) to improve prosecution rates
Live Q & A
10:30 – 10:40
Julie Waring

Julie Waring

Head of Domestic Abuse and Family Matrimonial Team, Morecrofts

Karen Morgan-Read

Karen Morgan-Read

Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy Manager, Crown Prosecution Service

Dan Byron

Detective Inspector Dan Byron

Domestic Abuse Tactical Policy Advisor, Metropolitan Police Service

Donna Jones

Donna Jones

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight and National Lead for Victims, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC)

10:40 - 10:50


10:50 – 11:15

Incorporating the Lived Experiences of Victims and Survivors into Improving Service Provision

  • Best practice in engaging with survivors
  • Understanding the challenges and barriers survivors face, and the support they need
  • Using survivor insights to improve survivor confidence in the system and improve service provision
Live Q & A
11:00 – 11:15 

Celia Peachey

Pioneer, SafeLives

11:15 – 11:35

Networking Break

11:35 – 12:15

Supporting Victims and Survivors and Improving Access to Specialist Services

  • Funding for support services and how to access it and analysing the Victims Funding Strategy ambition to set and measure standards for support services
  • Providing effective housing and refuge support for survivors of domestic abuse to fulfil the new statutory duty to provide safe accommodation
  • Improving workplace and economic support
  • Ensuring inclusive and accessible services to support all victims and survivors, tailoring services to individual needs and the benefits of ‘by and for’ services
  • Incorporating the lived experiences of victims and survivors into providing effective services
Live Q & A
12:05 – 12:15 

Michaela Richards

Head of Safer Communities, East Sussex County Council

Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis

Community Safety Strategy Manager, Nottingham City Council

Alessia Bianco

Alessia Bianco

Programme Manager – Everyone’s Business, Hestia

12:15 – 12:50

Panel Discussion: Working with Children and Young People to Break Cycles of Violence

  • Home Office funding to support children affected by domestic abuse
  • Safeguarding children at risk through better identification, prevention and early intervention
  • Ensuring an effective multi-agency joined up response to support children and taking a whole-family approach
  • Measuring the effectiveness of interventions to support children experiencing domestic abuse
  • Interventions for young perpetrators and identifying and responding to child-to-parent abuse
Live Q & A
12:40 – 12:50 
elisabeth carney howarth

Elisabeth Carney-Haworth OBE

Co-Creator, Operation Encompass and Former Headteacher

Liz Wood

Liz Wood

Practice lead Centre For Family Safeguarding Practice, Hertfordshire County Council

amanda flanagan

Amanda Flanagan

Young People's Service Development Manager, Respect

12:50 – 13:25 

Panel Discussion: Addressing Perpetrator Behaviour

  • Home Office funding for perpetrator interventions and developing overarching national standards for domestic abuse perpetrator interventions
  • Identifying high-harm perpetrators and assessing dangers posed by individual domestic abusers
  • Implications of a register of domestic abuse offenders
  • Ensuring multi-agency perpetrator panel discussions are effective
  • Effective interventions: education, prevention, diversion, disruption, and enforcement; what works?
Live Q & A
13:15 – 13:25

Saskia Lightburn Ritchie

Chief Executive , My Cheshire Without Abuse

debbie ashthorpe

Debbie Ashthorpe

Recently Retired Inspector, Hampshire Constabulary

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Regional Probation Director, Greater Manchester Probation Service

13:25 – 13:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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