Thursday, November 21, 2019

Safe Ireland is hosting a National Conference for a Safe Ireland at Knockranny Hotel in Westport on Monday, November 25 next to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Sad, broken woman

Westport will host the Safe Ireland national conference on November 25 next – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Image by Snap_it from Pixabay

The underpinning theme of this conference is prevention and what we need to understand, learn and do in order to create communities that are safe and free from violence.

The morning session will look at the scale of the problem with thought-provoking and radical presentations on coercive control, its human impact and its shocking cost.

This will be followed by an examination of what is at the root of coercive control which will include a presentation of brand new research on Irish attitudes towards gender equality, roles and responsibilities, commissioned by Safe Ireland.

The afternoon will consider the best approach to adopting a national prevention strategy, across areas like policing, health, community and education.

This will be followed by the launch of the exciting Safe Ireland strategy to make Mayo a pilot site for real, measured change in the prevention of and effective response to violence and abuse in the home and community.

The strategy is expected to pave the way for a revolutionary improvement in the safety of Irish women and children.

Featuring national and international experts, leaders, practitioners, policy makers, academics, funders and other stakeholders in the field of domestic violence reduction, the conference offers a unique opportunity for learning, creating change, collaboration and engagement as well as the chance to be at the heart of the movement to end domestic violence.

Confirmed speakers include Lynn Rosenthal – the first White House advisor on violence against women; Ryan Hart, coercive control survivor and activist; Davina James Hanman, leading UK coercive control expert; Detective Supt. Gordon McCreadie, Police Scotland’s national lead for domestic abuse, forced marriage, HBA and stalking and harassment.

Registration will start at 9am and the first speaker will begin at 10am sharp.

Lunch is included. Please email [email protected] with any special dietary needs or special assistance needs.


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