On average, a woman dies every five days as a result of domestic abuse in England and Wales and it is now one of the public’s top three priorities. The growing confidence of victims to report abuse has given it a much higher profile than in the past. But while the demand for a much more effective response is rising, there are still issues to address around investigation, prosecution and conviction, and the police response, as documented by the HMIC inspection report ‘Everyone’s Business’, has been exposed as ‘not good enough’.
Our fifth annual conference was the first opportunity to take stock of progress since ‘Everyone’s Business’ was published and delegates heard about some of the practical measures being developed around the country to improve the response of the police and their partners to domestic abuse.
Prof Sylvia Walby OBE, Distinguished Professor, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research (Powerpoint presentation only)
Roger Graef OBE, Chairman, Films of Record and Visiting Professor of Criminology, LSE
Diana Barran MBE, Chief Executive, Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse
Alex Marshall QPM, Chief Executive Officer, College of Policing
Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls
Levin Wheller and Andy Myhill, Knowledge Research and Practice Unit – What works in policing domestic abuse?
Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria – Innovations and partnerships: delivering for our communities
Joanna Rowland, Criminal Justice Efficiency Programme Manager, Ministry of Justice – Improving the criminal justice response
DCS Ian Critchley and Det Supt Sue Cawley, Lancashire Constabulary – Leadership and cultural change