The Centre for Violence Prevention at Worcester University is hosting an annual conference on the 4 and 5th June 2018. The focus of the conference is violence prevention at the intersections of identify and experience. The aim of the conference is to draw together practitioners and academics from all disciplines and to advance discussions and understanding around the complexities of preventing all forms of violence.
The conference organisers are calling for abstracts from academics and non-academics who work in the broad field of violence prevention. They are interested in submissions from the following topics in relation to victim and offender positions.
Hate crimes: Child abuse/exploitation, Child abuse and neglect, Violence in older age, Violence and gender, Honour based violence
Stalking: Gang related violence, Child to parent violence, Technology-mediated violence, Violence involving firearms and guns, Violence prevention in the context of war
Knife violence: Childhood violence, Workplace violence and abuse, Domestic violence and abuse
Abstracts of proposed papers should be no longer than 250 words and provide the general context and rationale for the presentation, and describe the main argument/case, and where appropriate summarize findings. Implications for practice should be noted. Please contact Esther Dobson email@example.com to discuss if your work fits the specifications of the conference.
Submission deadline: 31 March 2018 | Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Some members of the ADVANCE team presented findings on the meta-ethnography, systematic review and preliminary findings from the qualitative dyad interviews with males and their ex/current partners. Members of the teams from Kings College London and Worcester University chaired and presented at a symposium entitled ‘Advancing theory and treatment approaches for males in substance use treatment who perpetrate intimate partner violence (IPV).’
There was a wide range of high quality scientific and policy presentations at the conference covering topics including drug and alcohol use, gambling, misuse of medicines, smoking, smart phone usage, crime related to substance use, prisons and usage, health consequences, marketing of drugs on the internet, innovations in practice and delivery, reducing risk for users, clinical tools and evaluating impact of interventions or policies. The conference provides a valuable opportunity for discourse and networking across the different disciplines involved in this challenging area. There were delegates from 71 countries and more than 1200 participants attended. Moreover there were over 500 oral presentations, 200 posters and 20 keynote speakers.
For those of you who can access London easily there is a pop up museum about international drugs policy that is running from 3rd to the 5th of November.
The museum has already been hosted in New York and Montreal and the work aims to highlight how drug policies have impacted and shaped different communities. It illustrates the diverse international harms caused by drug prohibition, while advocating for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights.
To find out more please click here.
A report has been published by HM Inspectorate of Probation, HMICFRS, Care Quality Commission and OFSTED focusing on domestic abuse being a public health issue. The report focuses on good practice taking place in different parts of England but also draws attention to their findings that professionals aren’t focusing enough on perpetrators in their work.
The inspectorate considered six local areas in England including Bradford, Hampshire, Hounslow, Lincolnshire, Salford and Wiltshire. Their work included conducting a literature review considering national relevant data, speaking to survivors of domestic abuse, surveyed teachers in schools and sharing findings with stakeholders. They concluded that the volume of activity that domestic violence creates for agencies is so great that it requires sophisticated systems and well co-ordinated processes. They called for the next step to be considering long term approaches towards preventing domestic abuse which will involve a societal change in the concept of domestic abuse.
When focusing on perpetrators the report concluded ‘Change must start with a more systematic focus on perpetrators’ behaviour and preventing their abuse of their victims. By not taking this step forward the cost to victims and children, and to the public purse, will remain high.’
You can access this report here.
Worcester University are running a number of events towards the end of November at the Centre for Violence Prevention Research. The launch of these events will be on 24th November 1-4pm. There will be an opportunity for stakeholders to gain understanding of recent work conducted at the Centre for Violence Prevention. This will take the form of short presentations showcasing a number of projects on DV in relation to: stalking and harassment, substance use and alcohol, intellectual disabilities and the family court system.
There will also be opportunities to discuss your work with attendees and network. The event is free.
If you would like to attend please contact Ester Dobson on 01905 542711 or email@example.com
A new podcast is available called ‘What’s the Crack’ discussing intimate partner violence (IPV) and substance use. The podcast takes the form of an interview with Dr Gail Gilchrist. Gail discusses national and international studies she has conducted alongside other researchers on substance use and perpetration of IPV. She highlights unmet need in treatment services to identify and treat this violence. Research shows that there is a strong link between substance use and IPV (which includes both emotional abuse and physical perpetration). This podcast details the many reasons why this population of men may perpetrate violence more than the general population. For example perpetrators may have experienced childhood abuse themselves, witnessing DV in childhood, have mental health problems and have seen general violence in their childhood and perpetrated violence more generally.
Each episode of What’s the Crack draws on knowledge or research in drugs field the researchers Rob Calder, Lindsey Hines and Elle Wadsworth are based at the National Addiction Centre at Kings College London. The aim of the podcasts is move away from one dimensional news coverage and combine a pool of expertise that covers chemistry, psychology and addiction treatment. The research interests for the podcasts are broad including the causes of addiction, drug sales on the hidden web, policy, and the use of cannabis, alcohol, tobacco and opiates.
You can listen to this podcast by clicking here.
We would like to draw you attention to October as being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You may be planning to encourage awareness and create some interesting event or materials, you could plan an event to coincide with the 18th annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day. This year it is taking place on Wednesday, October 11th the events aim to reach healthcare and advocacy partners with information about how important it is to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and provide essential referrals to domestic violence programs.
Find resources to help you plan your event or materials by using an action kit here.
- Writing a newsletter article or an op-ed for a local paper, or your workplace newsletter. View an example.
- Committing to try universal education for one week.
- Inviting a speaker (such as a domestic violence advocate from your community or a health care provider from your local health center or hospital) to conduct a lunchtime presentation for staff.
- Connecting with staff from the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence to localize materials such as posters and safety cards, and to advertise local hotlines and community programs.
Thank you to Futures without Violence for providing the links and information for this blog post.
If you decide to run an event then please contact Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to promote your event through our blog.
Leaflets to promote the Cranstoun Men and Masculinities groups taking place in London have been launched and are now being distributed. The leaflets seek to attract new men to the group who are recovering from alcohol and drug use and who would like to improve their relationships and their understanding of themselves. You can access the mens programme worker leaflet that outlines the programme and provides contact details and another shorter version mens group short leaflet.
‘What’s The Crack’, a new podcast that seeks to explore the research behind drug news stories, asked this week: What’s the link between intimate partner violence and substance use? As one of the key questions that drives the ADVANCE PROGRAMME, the project team here at King’s College London listened with intent. Speaking to Karen Baily, also a researcher at King’s, and drawing on the work of Dr Gail Gilchrist, the podcast astutely ‘discusses some of the myths, prevalence and patterns of behaviour that are associated with IPV as well as some of the issues facing those seeking treatment and help following an abusive relationship’.
Listen to the whole thing here:
The West Midlands ADVANCE team were excited last week to bring together key organisations and academics from the field of IPV and substance misuse to discuss the ADVANCE project. The Learning Alliance will work together to strengthen and support the exchange of information, whilst enhancing the possibilities of mainstreaming the integration of domestic abuse interventions with substance use services.
Members of the West Midlands Learning Alliance included the following organisations: Swanswell, Public Health England, West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance, West Midlands Police, Richmond Fellowship, West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia, Anawim, West Mercia Women’s Aid, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Aquarius, Worcester County Council, Safe & Sound Malvern Hills and Cranston.
The Worcester Research Team introduced the ADVANCE project in-depth, and explained the projects goals and workstreams. Representatives discussed their thoughts on the research plans and highlighted best practice surrounding safety when recruiting survivors of IPV into research. Representatives discussed language used to recruit survivors and safety protocols that should be implemented for both the participants and researchers taking part.
Overall, feedback from the first meeting was very positive with representatives expressing how nice it was to be able to share experiences of the challenging nature when working with substance users + IPV perpetrators with similar organisations.
The next meeting will be in June. If you would like more information on the Learning Alliance or would like to attend the next Learning Alliance meeting then please contact Amy Johnson on email@example.com.