01 Mar 2022 | Online
10:00am - 14:35pm

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The safety of women and girls has become a major societal and political issue in recent months, following the recent tragedies of Sarah Everard and Bibaa Henry, amongst others. But this is on top of long-term problems around domestic violence, with incidents increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In schools, colleges, and universities, a culture of rape and sexual harassment has been brought to public notice recently, which is a concern for educational establishments across the country.

How do we tackle this epidemic of violence against women and girls? How can government policy effectively address this problem? How should policing be modified to ensure women are better protected and cases more effectively addressed? 

These are just some of the questions being addressed at the online Women's Safety conference in March.

Who should attend?

  • Senior police leaders
  • Police & Crime Commissioners
  • Courts, judiciary and lawyers
  • Women’s Charities
  • Local authorities
  • Social media company executives
  • School, college and university leaders
  • Transportation services
  • Probation services
  • Youth offending teams
  • Fire and rescue services

Opening remarks from the Chair

Judith Banjoko, Interim CEO, Solace Women's Aid


Keynote address

Outlining the key aims and tenets of government policy to tackle violence against women and girls. What’s the strategy in terms of understanding the problem, prioritising prevention, supporting victims, and pursuing perpetrators

Caroline Nokes, MP & Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament


Delivering the VAWG strategy within the Online Harms Bill

  • How does the Online Harms Bill address the issue of violence against women and girls perpetrated online?
  • Does the Online Harms Bill protect the right of women and girls to express themselves online without threat of abuse?
  • Are black and minoritised communities protected from online harms?

Andrea Simon, Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW)


Violence Against Women & Girls: How failures in the justice system are damaging women’s safety

  • Reframing our understanding of safety & risk: how criminal justice failures creates future victims
  • Investigating & prosecuting rape and sexual offences: challenges facing the police and the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Findings from the 2019 and 2021 London Rape Reviews
  • Protective Orders: how failure to robustly investigate breaches lead to escalation in behaviours
  • Steps required to build victim trust and confidence

Claire Waxman, Victims Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime


Coordinating the policing response to VAWG

  • An overview of work to date, including the new VAWG Framework for Delivery for forces
  • What’s next? Looking at the criminal justice system as a whole
  • The importance of working in partnership

Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, Lead for violence against women and girls, National Police Chiefs' Council




A whole-system response to addressing the mental health impacts of domestic abuse

  • Exploring the impacts of domestic abuse on women’s mental health
  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated women’s experience of domestic abuse?
  • What are the barriers women face in accessing mental health support that truly meets their needs?
  • What changes need to happen in the policy and funding landscape to deliver change for survivors?

Isabelle Younane, Head of Policy, Campaigns & Public Affairs, Womens Aid


Sexual assault and abuse. Raising awareness of the support available.

  • Provide an overview of strategic priorities for NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • Highlight information on sexual assault referral centres and access to services

  • Deliver an overview of the national SARC awareness campaign

Rupi Bhandal, National Sexual Assault and Abuse Programme Lead, NHS England


Exploring the health systems’ role in addressing violence against women and girls

  • Domestic abuse as a public health issue
  • Domestic abuse as a women’s health issue, and the Women’s Health Strategy
  • Multi-agency working: a whole system response to tackling violence against women and girls

Alexandra Ming, Principal Political Consultant, Dods Group


Examining the effectiveness of existing VAWG policies

  • Do these policies go far enough?
  • Where are the gaps and what further action

Sheila Amedodah, Political Consultant, Dods Group


Closing remarks by the Chair

Judith Banjoko, Interim CEO, Solace Women's Aid




Caroline Nokes
MP & Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament

Caroline is the Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North and the current Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament.  Since her election in 2010 she has served as a Minister in the Department for Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office and was Minister of State for Immigration in Theresa May’s Cabinet.  Immediately prior to becoming an MP she was the Chief Executive of an animal welfare charity.

Claire Waxman
Victims Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Claire Waxman was appointed in 2017 by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be London’s first Independent Victims’ Commissioner, and was subsequently reappointed in May 2021.

Claire has undertaken an ambitious programme of work to transform the criminal justice system to provide a better experience for victims of crime. She works alongside victims, amplifying their voice, and promoting their interests throughout the criminal justice journey; ensuring their experiences are used to inform and shape practices, policies, and service provision.

Her achievements in the role include convening London’s first ever Victims’ Summit; publishing the Victims Code of Practice Review and London Rape Review; holding a series of roundtables to better understand the experiences of specific groups of victims; and successfully lobbying for key changes to the Domestic Abuse Bill.

In January 2022 Claire was honoured with an OBE for services to Victims of Crime.

Rupi Bhandal
National Sexual Assault and Abuse Programme Lead for NHS England

Rupi is Interim Programme Lead for Sexual Assault and Abuse for NHS England and is responsible, as part of a dynamic team, in delivering the workstreams required for the implementation of the Strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services and leading the process of regional assurance to deliver against the strategy.

He has approx. 20 years’ experience within the health and social care sector, both frontline and strategic and has worked as a commissioner of services for 10 of those years. This includes commissioning sexual assault referral centres, domestic and sexual violence services, refuge provision, substance misuse and homelessness services. He holds a Masters(distinction) in Public Health.

‘I’m committed to helping to reduce health inequalities, for the communities I serve, through the use of evidence, advocacy, partnerships, knowledge and the delivery of public health services to protect health. I’m passionate and proud of being able to help many vulnerable individuals, throughout my career, escape and seek help and support to overcome issues such as violence, abuse, homelessness and substance misuse

Judith Banjoko
Interim CEO, Solace Women's Aid

Judith is Interim CEO at Solace, she is responsible for the leadership of Solace, working with a dynamic team, including service-users, ensuring that Solace’s services are providing high standards, are holistic, and most importantly, are service-user led.

She has more than 15 years experience within the domestic abuse sector, both frontline and strategic.

‘I’m committed to helping abused women and children to escape violence and break cycles of abuse, and I’m proud to work for an organisation that has been helping women and children to do this for over 45 years.’

Andrea Simon
Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW)

EVAW is a UK-wide coalition of 120 women’s organisations and expert members working to end all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). Established in 2005, EVAW campaigns for every level of government to adopt better, more joined up approaches to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and challenges the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone this abuse.  Andrea was appointed EVAW's Director in January 2021, before that she was EVAW's Head of Public Affairs, leading the organisation’s work influencing legislation and policy to improve responses to women and girls at risk of and experiencing abuse.  Andrea previously spent more than a decade working for Members of Parliament in Westminster and the EU, and leading campaigns and research on the issues of child trafficking and modern slavery. eaker: Andrea Simon, Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW).

Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth
Lead for violence against women and girls, National Police Chiefs' Council

Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth was appointed NPCC Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls on 11 October 2021 with responsibility for overseeing the national policing response to violence against women and girls.

Maggie’s previous role was Assistant Chief Constable with Hampshire Constabulary with responsibility for all matters relating to local policing (response and patrol, neighbourhoods) and public protection. This includes the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people and the Force response to VAWG.

Maggie has over 30 years experience in safeguarding and public protection. She initially worked in the probation service across London and Thames Valley in the 1990s and then worked throughout her career in youth justice services and within child protection prior to joining policing as a Superintendent in 2016 and becoming the Portsmouth City Commander in 2017. She set up the Oxfordshire youth offending service in the late 1990s going on to work at the National Youth Justice Board with oversight of youth justice services for England and Wales during the early 2000s. She then spent a decade as an Independent Chair of Kent, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Boards alongside a Ministerial appointment as an independent Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. She has published several books on children at risk, completed post graduate qualifications in education and criminal justice/policing and is particularly interested in how public services work together to protect communities effectively from high risk and high harm crimes to reduce vulnerability. Maggie completed the national police Strategic Command Course in 2019 becoming a chief officer of policing.

Isabelle Younane
Head of Policy, Campaigns & Public Affairs, WomensAid

Isabelle Younane joined Women’s Aid as their interim Head of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs in August 2021, leading on the charity’s influencing strategy on domestic abuse, and working to ensure better mental health outcomes for survivors through Women’s Aid’s flagship campaign, #DeserveToBeHeard. Prior to joining Women’s Aid, Isabelle has held policy, advocacy and communications roles at ActionAid UK, the British Council and the United Nations Association – UK. She is also an Executive Committee member of the New Diplomacy Group, which advises the Labour Party on foreign policy. An English graduate from the University of Exeter, she holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from University College London.

Alexandra Ming
Principal Political Consultant, Dods Group

Alexandra Ming is Dods’ Principal Political Consultant for Health and Equalities, and in her capacity advises a range of public, private, and charitable sector organisations on health, human rights and equalities policy developments.

Prior to joining Dods, Alexandra was a research assistant for the Global Governance Institute and contributed to papers on topics such as the UK adherence to international human rights obligations and global health mechanisms to address antimicrobial resistance.


Sheila Amedodah
Political Consultant, Dods Group

Sheila Amedodah is Dods’ Political Consultant for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports. Prior to joining Dods, Sheila worked in public affairs, working alongside national and international businesses and stakeholders. She holds a BA in Politics and Human Rights from the University of Essex and wrote her dissertation on black social movements in the UK and USA.

Who should attend?
  • Senior police leaders
  • Police & Crime Commissioners
  • Courts, judiciary and lawyers
  • Women’s Charities
  • Local authorities
  • Social media company executives
  • School, college and university leaders
  • Transportation services
  • Probation services
  • Youth offending teams
  • Fire and rescue services

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