Online Event – Institute of Government & Public Policy (IGPP) – Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse 2021

Date and time

4th November 2021, 9:30am – 3:30pm


  • Public Sector – £295.00+VAT
  • Private Sector – £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector – £249.00+VAT


Domestic abuse since the initial lockdown in March 2020 has risen sharply, with campaigners describing the crisis an ‘epidemic within a pandemic’. The charity Refuge recorded an average of 13,162 calls and messages to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline (NDAH) every month between April 2020 and February 2021, this constitutes a 60% increase in comparison to monthly calls and messages at the start of 2020. This has taken the number of such contacts received in the period between April 2020 and February 2021 to more than 131,000, with 72% of being made by women and just under a fifth having had their life threatened.

Similarly, Respect, reported equally as stark figures and that their advice line for male victims saw a 70% rise in calls, emails and texts in 2020 compared to 2019. The LWA reports that domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime leads to, on average, two women being murdered each week and 30 men per year. Furthermore, domestic abuse can take many forms and many incidents are not reported, meaning the real figures are likely to be higher.

There is work being done and supported being offered by charities, local and Central Government to tackle domestic abuse and the deep impact it has both directly and indirectly. Recently, the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent, with the bill strengthening measures to tackle perpetrators and to provide protection and support for victims.

This timely event will bring together the aforementioned charities, support groups, local and Central Government, academia as well as the wider public sector and will consist of high-level keynote presentations alongside practical case studies.


This event brings together leading experts in domestic violence advocate services, social services, police, NGOs, academics, and the wider public sector to discuss the key issues around the detection, prevention, and prosecution of Domestic Violence in the UK.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how the police are tackling the increased risk of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Get the latest update from Government regarding changes to policy and the Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Hear practical examples of public sector organisations implementing preventative strategies
  • Gain actionable insights into proven methodologies to reduce recidivism in offenders
  • Discover how councils are building community cohesion by building on partnerships with community groups in the local area
  • Develop skills in awareness and communication with children and young victims of domestic abuse
  • Explore the concepts surrounding gender-based violence from an academic perspective
  • Assess the impact of institutionalised inequality on outcomes for victims and perpetrators of abuse
  • Understand the efficacy of punishment vs rehabilitation for violent offenders


  • Meet other like-minded professionals and develop new connections
  • Through the learning opportunities and sharing of best practice, you will be able to implement improvements in your workplace
  • Impact the wider agenda and be part of future planning
  • Be part of organisations that continue to evolve, improve and innovate
  • Learn how to make the best use of key products and services that can help transform your organisational capabilities

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