09:20 - 09:30

Chair's Opening Remarks

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)

09:30 - 09:55

Progress Implementing the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

  • Improving our understanding of violence against women and girls and its evolution
  • Progress across key action points including, prioritising prevention, supporting victims and pursuing perpetrators
  • Next steps
Live Q&A
9:50 - 9:55
Victoria Atkins

Victoria Atkins MP

Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

09:55 - 10:20

Key Priorities for Tackling Domestic Abuse

  • Aligning VAWG and domestic abuse strategies to deliver an integrated response
  • Implementing the Domestic Abuse Act 2021: next steps for adapting and improving domestic abuse services
  • Responding to the impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse and domestic abuse services
  • Improving joint working to tackle domestic abuse across all agencies, including health, police, housing and local authorities
Live Q&A
10:15 – 10:20

Farah Nazeer

Chief Executive, Women’s Aid

10:20 - 11:00

Keynote Panel Discussion: Pursuing and Bringing Perpetrators to Justice

  • Findings from the HMICFRS Police Engagement with Woman and Girls and Inspection of the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape reports
  • Ensuring law enforcement have the tools they need to bring perpetrators to justice
  • Implementing new police powers outlined in the Domestic Abuse Act
  • Improving ways the CPS and Police work with Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) and support services
  • Expediating the criminal justice process, preventing victim withdrawals and increasing public confidence in the system
Live Q&A
10:50 - 11:00
Katy Bourne OBE

Katy Bourne OBE

, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

David Tucker

David Tucker

Delivery Lead, Crime and Criminal Justice, , College of Policing

Graham Ritchie

Graham Ritchie

Deputy Director of Strategy and Policy, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

11:00 - 11:40

Panel Discussion: Prioritising Prevention

  • Educating children and young people about violence against women and girls, healthy relationships and the consequences of abuse
  • Public awareness campaigns to raise awareness, address stigma, counter misogyny
  • Innovative crime prevention measures to ensure women and girls feel safe in public spaces
  • Improving the safety of women at night and tackling drink and needle spiking
Live Q&A
11:30 - 11:40
Stephen Burrell

Dr Stephen Burrell

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), Durham University

Rachael Baker

Rachael Baker

Teacher and Senior RSE Specialist, Sex Education Forum

Louise Mckinlay

Cllr Louise McKinlay

Deputy Leader, Essex County Council and Lead, Essex County Council’s Safety Advisory Group

11:40 - 12:00

Networking Break

12:00 - 12:50

Reforming the Criminal Justice Response to Rape: Learnings from the Rape Review

  • Improving joint working between the police and CPS
  • Overcoming challenges of rape cases making it to court
  • Overhauling the treatment of rape complainants
Live Q&A
12:40 - 12:50
Dame Vera Baird

Dame Vera Baird QC

, Victims Commissioner

Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt

Independent Advisor, Rape Review

Dame Diana Johnson MP

Rt Hon Dame Diana Johnson MP

Chair, Home Affairs Committee

Edward Yaxley

Edward Yaxley

Senior Responsible Officer, Project Bluestone, Avon and Somerset Police

12:50 - 13:20

Live Breakout Discussions

A: Improving Online Safety

  • Implications of the Online Safety Bill
  • Understanding the different types of online gender-based violence and the impact they have on the lives of women and girls
  • Keeping up with new forms of digital threats emerging and raising awareness of risks
  • Decreasing the prevalence of online abuse, pursuing perpetrators and supporting victims
Live Q&A
13:00 - 13:20
Sophie Mortimer

Sophie Mortimer

Revenge Porn Helpline Manager, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)

B: Tackling Stalking and Harassment

  • An overview of the law and trends in stalking and harassment and changes during the pandemic
  • Providing appropriate interventions to perpetrators, improving conviction rates and preventing reoffending
  • Ensuring multi-agency support services and advice are accessible to victims


Live Q&A
13:00 - 13:20
David Thomas

David Thomason

Detective Sergeant, Cheshire Police

13:20 - 13:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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)

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