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Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Conference
(Ended 20th Jun 2022)


20th Jun 2022 to 20th Jun 2022

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Date and time
Tue, 21 June 2022
10:00 – 16:00 BST

The Open University
Walton Hall, Kents Hill, MK7 6AA

This one-day conference is hosted by the Centre for Police Research and Learning (CPRL) at the Open University.

About this event

CPRL has an active partnership with 24 police forces across the UK and is currently engaged in a programme of leading research in the area of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

The aim of the conference is to increase awareness and understanding of the key strands of work being undertaken in VAWG from a policy, policing, survivor and research perspective. The conference is relevant to both practitioners and academics, and in bringing together these high-profile speakers, delegates will be able to deepen their understanding of topical issues in the VAWG arena from multiple perspectives. This will enable delegates to obtain a combined and current overview of both policy and practice as well as emerging academic research and how these interlink. This will assist those practitioners working in the field to improve their policy, practice and decision-making skills and enhance academic researchers in understanding the complexities of practitioner work across VAWG . Delegates will also have ample opportunity to network with fellow professionals during the course of the day.


The morning will consist of five presentations across Domestic Abuse (DA) and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) and will include:

1. Victim and survivor’s perspectives from the Office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

An overview of the role and function of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s office, what research has been carried out with the DA sector to engage survivors, the barriers to accessing specialist DA support and what survivor’s experiences are with the police

2. HMICFRS: its role in reducing Domestic Abuse.

The role HMICFRS plays in monitoring, addressing and improving Domestic Abuse.

3. ’Not us and them, but we: How to better engage survivor experiences in policing and research’.

An overview of how to better incorporate the lived experiences of victim survivors in both policing and research.

4. CPRL Victim (dis) engagement project across DA and RASSO: Unpicking Engagement: Contrasting narratives of survivors and police in domestic abuse cases.

5. Operation Soteria Bluestone: Reflections on improving RASSO investigations.


The afternoon will consist of 1.5 hour simultaneous workshops across three topic areas:

1. VAWG Research plan – Online
The purpose of this workshop will be to identify key areas of research interests from delegates and discuss the possible opportunities and barriers of these areas.

2. Identifying the differences, crossover and gaps between DA & RASSO incidents
The purpose of this workshop will be to identify what works across DA and RASSO investigations and whether examining DA and RASSO side by side enables an improved understanding across the two offence types.

3. Support systems and structures
This workshop will focus on how victims/survivors access justice, what justice means and how improved working relationships between the third sector agencies and police could assist in offering multiple forms of justice (police based, restorative and other senses of “justice”).

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