The Domestic Abuse Act was enacted in April 2021. This workshop takes delegates through the Act focusing on “what it means specifically for housing providers”.

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    The Act covers a wide range of areas including:    

    • Creating a statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse. As part of this definition, children will be explicitly recognised as victims if they see, hear or otherwise experience the effects of abuse
    • Creating a new offence of non-fatal strangulation
    • Extending the controlling or coercive behaviour offence to cover post-separation abuse
    • Ensuring that when local authorities rehouse victims of domestic abuse, they do not lose a secure lifetime or assured tenancy
    • Providing that all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse automatically have ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance
    • Placing a duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation
    • Providing that all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse automatically have ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance
    • Extending the ‘revenge porn’ offence to cover the threat to disclose intimate images with the intention to cause distress
    • Clarifying the law to further deter claims of “rough sex gone wrong” in cases involving death or serious injury
    • Creating a statutory presumption that victims of domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal, civil and family courts (for example, to enable them to give evidence via a video link)
    • Establishing in law the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, to stand up for victims and survivors, raise public awareness, monitor the response of local authorities, the justice system and other statutory agencies and hold them to account in tackling domestic abuse
    • Placing the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footing
    • Stopping vexatious family proceedings that can further traumatise victims by clarifying the circumstances in which a court may make a barring order under section 91(14) of the Children Act 1989.

    This is essential for:

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

    Delegates will go away with:

    • An understanding of the Domestic Abuse Act (2021)
    • Knowing what it means for housing providers and local authorities
    • Good practice examples.
  • Our speakers

    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.

    Donna McCarthy, Partner, Devonshires

    Donna heads up a team at Devonshires Solicitors advising on all aspects of housing management law and practice, acting for Local Authorities, Registered Providers and private landlords in complex litigation, including possession proceedings; actions to restrain Anti-Social Behaviour; injunctions and disrepair actions. Donna started her legal career in the in house legal team at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, combining part time studies with a mixed litigation practice including housing law. She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1994.

    Between 1994 and 1999 she worked as a specialist housing litigator, predominantly advising and representing tenants with particular specialism in representing those with mental capacity issues, regularly taking instructions from the Official Solicitor. Donna’s expertise in complex dispute resolution, both in and out of court, sits alongside her extensive experience in advising on non-contentious policy and procedure in addition to regulatory matters.

    She has particular specialism advising on mental health, safeguarding and capacity issues both is respect of litigated matters as well as from a regulatory perspective where she advises on health and social care aspects including enforcement action and dealing with adverse incidents. She also advises on issues arising from care contracts and service level agreements, including dispute resolution. Donna regularly contributes and writes articles, including contributing to Devonshires Housing Management Brief, as well as articles on upcoming legislative changes and sector updates and is Devonshires most prolific trainer, regularly presenting seminars, workshops and webinars and is responsible for co-ordinating the Housing Management training programme.

    In her spare time Donna volunteers at Inspiring the Future, presenting in schools and college on legal career options.

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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

25 November 2022
10:00am - 12:00pm
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