National domestic abuse forum

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10:00am - 3:15pm, 12 December 2019
Akeler House (top floor), 1 Emperor Way, Doxford International Business Park, Sunderland SR3 3XR

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Diversity in domestic abuse: How housing associations should adapt to different experiences. This meeting will explore the issues for people from minority communities and how housing professionals can do more to support them in disclosure, support and recovery.

Domestic abuse doesn’t just impact white, straight women. Did you know one in every three domestic abuse victims are male (ManKind Initiative)? Or that one in four LGBT people will experience domestic abuse (Broken Rainbow)? Or that those from BAME communities will typically suffer domestic abuse 1.5 times longer before getting help than those who identify as white, British or Irish (SafeLives)? Find out what this means for housing associations.

The next National Housing Federation domestic abuse forum will explore the issues for people from these communities and how we as housing professionals can do more to support them in disclosure, support and recovery.

We are delighted to welcome Jasvinder Sanghera. A survivor of a forced marriage, she is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a national award winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour-based abuse and forced marriages. She is a highly acclaimed international speaker and an expert advisor to the courts in matters of child, civil and criminal proceedings, is a chair of domestic homicide reviews and was instrumental in ensuring that all UK police forces are required to improve their understanding of honour based abuse and forced marriage by inspections conducted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.


10:00  Arrivals and networking
10:30  Chairs Welcome (Lisa Clarke, Tenancy Specialist Manager, South Region, Clarion Housing Group)
10:35  Host Welcome (Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director, Gentoo)
10:50  Violence, abuse and housing for disabled and deaf women (Dr Susie Balderston, Research fellow, University of Birmingham)
11:20  Male victims of domestic abuse: understanding the barriers to help-seeking and how to ensure gender responsive services (Professor Catherine Donovan, Durham University), and Work around domestic abuse and those who identify as LGBT or Q (Louise Cass-Williams, Detective Chief Inspector, Northumbria Police)
12:00  Lunch
13:00  How housing associations can assist in identifying, supporting and eradicate domestic abuse (Jasvinder Sanghera)
13:30  Domestic abuse in rural communities (Mandy Geraghty, Service Manager Cambridgeshire, Refuge)
14:00  Refreshment break
14:30  Men who experience domestic abuse (Dr Elizabeth Bates, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Health)
14:45  Work in the sector on domestic abuse (Gudrun Burnet, co-founder of DAHA, Steph Kelley, Regional Manager North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, CIH)
15:15  Chair's closing comments
15:30  Event closes

We are also arranging a taxi from Durham station to the meeting, sp please let us know if you would like to register for this.

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