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Join MPs for a free online domestic abuse conference

An innovative online conference that’s open to anyone is aiming to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

Running from Wednesday 25 November until Thursday 10 December, Domestic Abuse: It’s Everybody’s Business features a variety of online events and a range of high-profile speakers, including Rosie Duffield MP and Jess Phillips MP, the Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding.

Domestic Abuse: It’s Everybody’s Business: 25 November – 10 December 2020

Free online events to inform, educate and inspire action.

The flexible programme of free online events provides a range of introductions to domestic abuse, as well as practical information and advice.

You can curate your own event, picking sessions relevant to you and that suit your schedule.

There are 16 sessions over the course of 12 days from an array of presenters. We have experts in their field, incredibly brave survivors talking about their experiences, and local service providers all coming together to provide an insight into how we can collectively make things better.

  • 16 free virtual events, programmed flexibly to suit different schedules.
  • Accessible from anywhere online and on catch-up.
  • Sessions as short as 15 minutes with a maximum length of 75 minutes. 

Domestic Abuse: It’s Everybody’s Business is brought to you by the Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (KIDAS) – Clarion Housing Group, Look Ahead, Oasis Domestic Abuse Service and Victim Support. It is generously funded by Kent county council. Collectively, KIDAS delivers the council’s commissioned domestic abuse services across Kent.

Domestic Abuse: It’s Everybody’s Business: speakers

The conference features a range of high-profile speakers, including:

  • Nicole Jacobs – Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Jess Phillips MP – Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding
  • Rosie Duffield MP
  • Matthew Scott – Kent and Medway Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Sue Dunn – Protection Against Stalking
  • Nogah Ofer – Centre for Women's Justice
  • Deborah Cartwright – Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.
  • Michelle Reynolds – Clarion Housing (pictured).

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Domestic abuse: did you know?

Over two million people each year experience domestic abuse in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics).

Two women are murdered each week by a current or former partner (Office for National Statistics).

Domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetimes.

Domestic violence accounts for almost 25% of all reported violent crime (Office National Statistics)

The coronavirus lockdowns have increased the risk for victims of abuse and made access to vital support services even harder to reach.

From March-July 2020, Kent Police saw a 12% increase crimes related to domestic abuse compared to the same period in 2019.

20% of employed women take time off work because of domestic violence and 2% lose their jobs as a direct result of abuse (Equality and Human Rights Commission).