Tuesday 28th January 2020

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Northcliffe House entrance

28 Tudor Street, London



09:30 – 16:30 (registration from 08:30)

This event is now FULL. Please email [email protected] in case of cancellations

As we all know, by its very nature, domestic abuse is a key housing issue. It is a core driver of homelessness and a barrier to escaping domestic abuse. The availability of appropriate housing can mean the difference between a survivor feeling able to leave her abuser or feeling trapped in a home where she is not safe. And we know that a secure home is key to moving on and rebuilding a new life for those women and children.

At this conference, we will be putting the spotlight on the urgent need for an effective housing response. We will be bringing together the extensive knowledge and experience from across the housing, domestic abuse and political landscape to discuss and raise awareness of what policy and practice changes need to be made to enable individuals experiencing domestic abuse to be supported appropriately.

The housing solution, giving women and children back lives free from fear, must span across social housing, the private rented and homelessness sectors if it is to meet the needs of all survivors. At the core of this must be a sustainable and specialist network of refuges and we will be calling for a secure spending settlement and funding model which ensures the future of life-saving accommodation and services.

At this event, delegates can expect to:

  • Hear from high profile and expert speakers on what an effective housing response to domestic abuse looks like
  • Hear from survivors’ on their experience of housing, and the barriers and enablers faced in escaping and securing long-time safety
  • Explore how effective current homelessness legislation is in protecting survivors, and what reforms are needed
  • Discuss the ‘whole housing approach’ to domestic abuse – from best practice to culture change across the housing sector

Agenda: (subject to change)

Conference Chair: Shaista Aziz, Journalist, writer and activist

08:30 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 – 09:45 Introduction: Nicki Norman, Acting Co-chief Executive, Women’s Aid and Zofia Aszendorf, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

09:45 – 10:15 Keynote speech: Nicole Jacobs, Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

10:15 – 11:30 Panel: The homelessness experiences faced by survivors of domestic abuse

  • Jannicka, Expert by experience
  • Baljit Banga, Executive Director, Imkaan
  • Maureen Connolly, Chief Executive, Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid
  • Councillor Sharon Thompson, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods
  • Catherine Bewley, Head of Sexual Violence and Young People’s Services & Sarah Webb, Young People’s Advocate, Galop
  • Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Shelter

11:30 – 11:45 Refreshment break

11:45 – 13:00 Workshops

13:00 – 13:45 Break for lunch

13:45 – 14:45 Lightning round

Confirmed speakers:

  • Hannah Gousy, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Crisis
  • Karen Ng, Investment Director, Big Society Capital
  • Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director, Surviving Economic Abuse
  • Ameena Blake, Director, Eden House
  • Emily McCarron, Equality and Human Rights Policy Manager, Age UK
  • Ruth Mason, Business Development Lead for Change that Lasts
  • Richinda Taylor, CEO, EVA Women’s Aid
  • Connie Muttock, Policy & Communications Manager, Commonweal Housing

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote speech: Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

15:15 – 15:30 Refreshment break

15:30 – 16:30 Panel: How can the ‘whole housing approach’ deliver the changes we need?

  • Jain Lemom, Senior Policy and Commissioning Manager, Violence Against Women and Girls, MOPAC
  • Ruth Bashall, Director, Stay Safe East
  • Guddy Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody and Co-founder, DAHA
  • Gavin Smart, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Sarika Seshadri, Head of Research and Evaluation, Women’s Aid

16:30 End comments

More details are to follow soon but if you need any further information at this stage please contact us on [email protected]

Thank you to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for kindly providing the venue for this event.

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