White Ribbon Domestic Abuse Conference 2021

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Friday 26 November 2021 (9.00am - 4.00pm)

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White Ribbon Domestic Abuse Conference 2021 "Shaping the future - Challenges and Opportunities"

After the very successful White Ribbon domestic abuse conference in 2020, the 2021 White Ribbon Conference is set for Friday 26 November 2021. The theme for the conference is 'Shaping the future - challenges and opportunities".

The conference programme includes a strong list of presenters including:

  • Georgia - a survivors story - 'Domestic Abuse Shapes Lives'

Georgia is a remarkable 18 year old young woman who will talk to us about her experience of losing her Mother due to domestic abuse. She will share with us not only how her experiences of domestic abuse have influenced her life, but also how it has shaped her future. She will explore with us some of the amazing work she has done and how everyday she fights to change the systems that let her down and for the safety other families – striving for collateral good.

  • Kerrie Best and Hannah Cooper - West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre-

    “Working to eradicate sexual violence – introduction to Purple Leaf Services”.

    Kerrie Best – Head of Operations

    Kerrie is an experienced change facilitator, trainer and counsellor who has worked within the sexual violence field for 15 years.

    Kerrie’s CV includes the roles of Head of People and Cultural Change at the Solicitors Regulation Authority  and Learning and Development Lead at West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre. She had provided module leadership for undergraduate courses at the University of Worcester and is an associate lecturer on a postgraduate and undergraduate course in Domestic Abuse, Human Rights and Sexual Abuse.

    She has a postgraduate certificate in Adult Learning and has recently completed her MA Education with a focus on evaluating assessment and interventions for children exhibiting harmful sexual behaviour

    Hannah Cooper – Service Manager

    Hannah is an experienced Social Worker who has worked with children, young people and families since 2002.  Hannah's background includes working within the statutory, private and voluntary sector.  This includes roles within a child protection family centre, domestic violence, 11 years working in a Local Authority in services for looked after children, adopted children and young people.  Hannah also was a registered Manager for two private fostering agencies before moving to her current role.   Throughout her career Hannah has worked with children, young people and families that have experienced and been affected by sexual abuse, violence and trauma.   Hannah is the service manager within the Purple Leaf Team supporting the child sexual exploitation education programme, delivery of training and leading on the harmful sexual behaviour service

  • Jason Haddon MBE - The Role in Courts in Child Matters - Barrister - St Ives Chambers, Birmingham

Jason is an award-winning barrister specialising in Family law.  Jason has been shortlisted for four out of the past five years as the Barrister of the Year awards by the Law Society in Birmingham. Jason is a regular on radio and TV. He specialises in domestic abuse and children cases. He is also the co-author of How to Represent Yourself in the Family Courts. 

  • Frank Mullane MBE -  Learning the Lessons from Domestic Homicide Reviews - (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse) 

Frank is the CEO of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA), a centre of excellence for reviews after domestic homicide and for specialist peer support. Frank helped ensure Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) became law, was asked by government to help develop the model and continues to work closely with the Home Office to enhance the methodology. From its inception in 2011, AAFDA has been a member of the national panel that quality assures DHRs and Frank is a Home Office appointed reader (provides assessments of DHRs to the panel). He is a Home Office accredited Chair for DHRs and trains others to undertake them. Frank is a member of the national Victims’ Panel chaired by the Justice Minister and was on the assessment panel for the recruitment of the first ever (Designate) Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.

He co-authored a book “Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender: strategies for policy and practice” (2014) and has had three chapters published in different books, including in Domestic Homicide and Death Reviews (2017) and “When Parents Kill Children” (2018).  He has developed a model for helping families to be integral to reviews after domestic homicide, thought to be unique in the world. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire (outstanding work on domestic violence and homicide).

Frank’s sister Julia and nephew William Pemberton were murdered in 2003. Frank previously worked as a business consultant and is a qualified accountant.

www.aafda.org.uk      @FMullaneAAFDA


  • Susie Hay - SafeLives

Susie is the Head of Research and Evaluation at SafeLives – a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse.


  • Martin Lakeman - (Martin Lakeman Consultancy)

Martin is an experienced, passionate, and motivational speaker with an extensive background in both law enforcement and safeguarding. He established Martin Lakeman Consultancy which is going from strength to strength working with a range of organisations. Previously a Detective Superintendent with West Mercia Police having overarching responsibility for Protecting Vulnerable People and then the domestic abuse lead for Worcestershire Public Health for 7 years.

For the past 8 years he has delivered domestic abuse training on behalf of the CCG to GP’s and trained extensively across the NHS, the Fire Service, and other organisations. He is an Associate trainer for the national charity SafeLives delivering the national programme around coercive control to the Police Service. Martin was recognised with a Regional Safeguarding award by the West Midlands Children and Young People’s Forum and an outstanding contribution award whilst in Public Health for his work in this area. Martin’s vision is “Inspiring Change” through these sessions to make a difference in people lives, whilst giving professionals the confidence to be professionally curious


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Virtual - Microsoft Teams,