This workshop takes a practical look at the recently published (July 2022) statutory guidance (issued under section 84 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021).

The 2019 to 2020 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates that 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the previous year, with the majority of them being female.

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    The Domestic Abuse Act (2021) set out legislation to tackle domestic abuse in England and Wales with a raft of measures being introduced from April 2021.

    The purpose of the recently published (July 2022) statutory guidance issued under section 84 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 is to:

    • Increase awareness and inform the response to domestic abuse.
    • Convey standards and promote best practice.

    It is aimed at a host of different sectors  – including housing and homelessness teams and registered providers.

    This session will:

    • Provide an overview of the Domestic Abuse Act (2021) and what it means for the housing sector.
    • Cover the key areas of the Statutory Guidance paying particular attention to chapter 6 which has a focus on agencies including housing.
    • Spell out what this all means for housing.

    Delegates will go away with a full understanding of the guidance and how to put it into practice back in their workplace. They will be well informed about best practice and have increased confidence in their approach.

    This is essential for:

    • Housing officers
    • Neighbourhood safety teams
    • Homelessness and housing advice teams
    • Legal teams.
  • Our speaker

    Kelly Henderson, Addressing Domestic Abuse

    Kelly is the founder and Managing Director of community interest Company, Addressing Domestic Abuse which supports housing providers to prepare for the upcoming changes to regulatory requirements around domestic abuse and ensure the voices of survivors are heard. Kelly’s interest in domestic abuse started over 25 years ago as part of her university placement at a women’s refuge, her final year dissertation analysed gender differences in charging and sentencing of domestic abuse homicides.  Before co-founding DAHA, Kelly was the Domestic and Sexual Violence Lead for a local authority, co-ordinating the city’s Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Partnership. Kelly’s housing experience includes roles in housing management, asylum, policy and research. She led a multi police force project (Domestic Abuse A Whole Systems Approach – DAWSA) to improve the Police response to domestic abuse and oversee research into the provision of a national response to perpetrators of domestic abuse.

    She has a Masters in Housing Policy / Management. Her PhD (Durham University) researched ‘the role of housing in a co-ordinated community response to domestic abuse’ and included the largest UK questionnaire to housing providers on domestic abuse. She co-authored ‘Housing and Domestic Abuse – Policy into Practice’ and was named 24 Housing’s ‘Housing Professional of the Year’ 2018 for her work and research on housing and domestic abuse. Kelly is a board member of Women in Social Housing North East, a trustee of the Alice Ruggles Trust, an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University and a Non-executive Director at Believe Housing.

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    Ticket Type Price Spaces
    Members of any HQN network - 1 delegate £175.00
    Members of any HQN network - 2 delegates £150.00
    Members of any HQN network - 3+ delegates £125.00
    Non-members - 1 delegate £200.00
    Non-members - 2 delegates £175.00
    Non-members - 3+ delegates £150.00

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Dates and prices

28 September 2022
10:30am - 12:30pm
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