As previously mentioned last week, a group of experts representing research, treatment and policy gathered in York. Their aim for the day was to try and take stock of what we already know and what needs to be done about Women and Drugs. The day was organised by Ian Hamilton and chaired by Sharon Grace from the University of York.
Ian Hamilton suggests there are two parallel problems with women and drugs: ‘first we know less about women’s use of drugs than men’s drug use. Secondly we need more women to be represented in research and senior academic positions related to this topic. By addressing both aspects we would not only improve our understanding of the issues women who use drugs face, but this could also improve the care and support we offer men in treatment.’
Please find interviews with key speakers at the York conference on women and substance use here these interviews discuss topics as diverse as women’s positions in academia and addictions, expectations for the day, discussion of gender based specific services, trauma informed care and stigma felt by female users and work on sleep and recovery.
The second week in June must be a busy week of DV conferences and events in the UK! If you are located further south in England perhaps this would be more convenient for you to attend. The conference will take place at London Metropolitan University on 6th June 9.30am – 1.30pm.
Information on the event and speakers can be accessed here. A map is also available and contact details to organise your attendance.
Hestia and London Metropolitan University are organising this event featuring two representatives from leading domestic abuse prevention organisations in the United States, the focus of the presentations is looking at the lessons learned from Community Coordinated Response (CCR) and perpetrator programmes.
CCR to domestic abuse originated in the early 1980s in Duluth, Minnesota with the twin aims of centering victim safety and holding male perpetrators to account. In 2014, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), the city of Duluth and St. Louis County were awarded the “Gold Award” from the World Future Council and Inter-Parliamentary Union for the creation of the concept of a CCR.
The Duluth Model has become a ‘world travelling concept’, applied and adapted across different cultural contexts. In the UK, it is claimed as the basis of many of the multi-agency approaches that support victims of domestic abuse.
As previously mentioned Worcester University are planning a conference on 5 – 6th June 2017 hosted alongside the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA). There are still a few places left to attend this conference and if you are interested please contact Ester Dobston on either Tel: 01905 542711 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of the conference is to further the understanding of evidence based practice through reflection on developments to date, and the future needs of children growing up within a context of violence. To this end the conference will host a number of keynote presentations and individual oral and poster presentations that will showcase regional, national and international research and practice innovations relating to childhood and violence and safeguarding within this context. The speakers attending have now been finalised.
A programme providing more detailed information on the speakers and presentations is available click Programme_NCSPVA17
A leaflet promoting the conference is available click NCSPVA Annual Conference 2017
We will be reporting back to you on the key discussions from this conference.
Leading experts in mental health and substance abuse are meeting at the University of York in June to discuss Women and Addictions. The latest figures show that one in 20 women in England and Wales has used drugs in the last year and additionally only one in 10 women who need treatment actually access drug services.
In a bid to rectify the lack of attention given to women and their specific needs, the University of York will bring together experts drawn from research, policy and treatment. Ian Hamilton (a lecturer in mental health in the Department of Health Sciences) believes that little is known about the hundreds of thousands of women who do not seek help and there are number of reasons why women do not access services. He says:
“Treatment settings can be daunting places for women to access as many women will have experienced domestic violence and treatment clinics are dominated by male patients,” he said.
“Despite the complex problems that women experience their specific needs and problems are routinely ignored in research and policy; for decades attention has focussed predominantly on the needs of men.”
He also suggests women were underrepresented at every level of scientific enquiry in the area and this is partly because senior academic journal editorials are predominantly men in the field of addiction.
The organisers have invited Dr Gail Gilchrist to speak at the Women and drugs event as they believe her seminal research on intimate partner violence has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the interplay between substance use and mental health. Dr Gilchrist is also able to provide an international perspective on the issues to be discussed as she has led research in Australia, South America and Europe.
The event will include live broadcasts and interviews with speakers and women who have experienced drug abuse.
The broadcasts can be viewed here
This can be followed on twitter via the hashtag – #womenanddrugs
Worcester University are planning a conference on 5 – 6th June 2017 hosted alongside the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA). The focus of the 2017 annual conference is on examining the intersections of childhood and adulthood within the context of violence and abuse. The aim of this conference is to further the understanding of evidence based practice through reflection on developments to date, and the future needs of children growing up within a context of violence. To this end the conference will host a number of keynote presentations and individual oral and poster presentations that will showcase regional, national and international research and practice innovations relating to childhood and violence and safeguarding within this context. The organisers wish to invite all those who work with this issue to attend in order to network and share best practice and to engage in conversations to further evidence based practice.
Please find the link for the conference website here including key note speakers, costs and booking details.
To call or email for further information please contact:
Esther Dobson on 01905 54 2711 or email@example.com
As previously posted Worcester University are running a number of events for International Women’s Day.
On Wednesday 8th March 2pm-6pm there will be presentations and a discussion on the resilience of women within the refugee crisis taking place in Room RBG008, Severn Campus, University of Worcester
Beverley Gilbert, Senior Lecturer, NCSPVA, University of Worcester will open the even with an introductions to the speakers
Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director, Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) will talk on Gender and Refugee Integration
Alexis Wright, Post Graduate Student, NCSPVA, University of Worcester will discuss Refugee Women and Boob Jobs – an intersectional feminist approach to the asylum process.
Caroline Gregory, Editor, Writer, Traveller, Aid Worker @caztravels will present on The Experience of Gender when Working in Refugee Camps
Kirsty Fraser, University of Worcester and Director of People in Motion will present on Invisible Warriors – Women in Grande-Synthe Refugee Camp
£25 per person. To book a place, please got to:
There are a limited number of concessionary/free places available for those working in the refugee support sector or students at the University of Worcester.
International Women’s Day: ‘The resilience of women within the refugee crisis’
Wednesday, 08 March 2017
International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017 celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world and makes a call to action to gender parity. We can all be a leader within our own lives to influence and take action to accelerate the collective advancement of women. Join the University of Worcester to #BeBoldForChange.
Worcester University are presenting an array of academic, practitioner and individual perspectives on 8th March, celebrating the resilience, the courage and the strength of women refugees who flee their homes with their families to safety. Their IWD2017 theme is the resilience of displaced women. Cost: £25
For more information, please proceed to the booking form found here
Representatives from programme ADVANCE put their best pair of heels on and walked through Worcester city to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The event was welcomed by the local community with enthusiasm and encouragement for these events of awareness. ADVANCE representatives walked alongside 30 other people including firefighters, police officers, Worcester wolves and other lecturers and students. This is an annual event so anybody that is interested from the West Midlands Learning Alliance or if you have some free time and live in the area, we would love to see you there next year!! Please click here for a link to a local news article covering the event.
On 25th November, the ADVANCE research team at the University of Worcester were excited to launch the ADVANCE programme in conjunction with the ‘16 days of action against gender -based violence’. Prof. Liz Gilchrist introduced the cutting edge programme, talking through the overall project and informing a number of representatives across the West Midlands of the current progress made by the research team. During the session, Liz revealed;
‘that in the light of increasing awareness of the complexity and scale of intimate partner abuse across the UK, the ADVANCE study is a real opportunity to explore one of the most common factors linked with intimate partner abuse, substance use; and explore the processes by which this contributes to risk and impact, and explore how increased knowledge around the interplay between these two factors might enable us to deliver interventions that are more effective than our previous versions, and which fit with a move to holistic interventions delivered in line with our knowledge of what works in terms of therapeutic skills and alliance.’
After a great response, many of those attending the event, (from a number of organisations including ANAWIM, AQUARIUS, Richmond Fellowship, Worcester County Council, a number of West Midlands based NHS Trusts, and Warwickshire and West Mercia Police), stayed for an information session regarding the Leaning Alliance being established alongside this programme. In short, it was explained how the West Midlands Learning Alliance will enable organisations and frontline staff members to have an input into the programme, sharing their experiences and thoughts with others to ensure the formation of a robust programme. Finally, to end a very informative and productive day, the research team met with a number of members from local sites interested in participating in this research and the first wave of data collection. Throughout the day, the enthusiasm for the programme from those attending was great, leaving the researchers excited for the next stages of the programme.