Event – Vesta – Understanding and responding to Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK

Join us at the national conference about Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK. The conference will present the findings of the first UK-wide study on this topic, showcase best practice in working with Polish families affected by domestic abuse, and facilitate networking between professionals.

Register here

Early Bird Ticket (until 22 May) – £50

Regular Ticket – £70

Domestic abuse in Polish families living in the UK is a growing concern among the Polish community and professionals. It remains a hidden problem that hasn’t been adequately explored and addressed despite its seriousness and prevalence in the UK’s largest minority group. We are delighted that the conference will promote the findings from the long coming UK-wide study about Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK. The research project was led by academics from the University of Lincoln and Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw.

This international event will bring together academics, experts, leaders, and practitioners from the UK and Poland. It will offer a unique opportunity to hear from representatives of the leading organisations supporting women and victims of domestic abuse in Poland. 

There will be also two workshops led by Polish practitioners who support victims of domestic abuse in the UK. They will share their knowledge and expertise in the most effective and culturally sensitive approach to working with Polish victims.

The conference is aimed at practitioners of domestic violence and abuse, health and social services who work with Polish and other European communities, to support them in their roles.


  • NICOLE JACOBS – Domestic Abuse Commissioner
  • PROF. SUNDARI ANITHA – University of Lincoln
  • DR. IWONA ZIELIŃSKA – The Maria Grzegorzewska University & EDAN Lincs
  • DR. MICHAEL RASELL – University of Innsbruck
  • DR. ROS KANE – University of Lincoln
  • MAJA KUŹMICZ – Niebieska Linia (Blue Line, Poland)
  • URSZULA NOWAKOWSKA – Centrum Praw Kobiet (Women’s Rights Centre, Poland)
  • JOANNA JANDULA – MSB Solicitors

The conference will be facilitated by


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9.30 – 10.00       Arrival and registration 

​10.00 – 10.30     Welcome by Elżbieta Kardynał and  special guests – Nicole Jacobs and Polish Consul, Włodzimierz Sulgostowski

10.30 – 11.00     Domestic violence and abuse in Poland: Understanding the service and policy landscape – guest speakers    from Poland: Urszula Nowakowska and Maja Kuźmicz

11.00 – 11.30     Survivors’ voices 

11.30 – 11.45     Coffee break 

11.45 – 13.00     Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse: Findings from the first UK study – Dr Iwona       Zielińska, Prof Sundari Anitha, Dr Michael Rasell, and Dr Ros Kane

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch and networking 

14.00 – 14.45     Workshops 

14.45 – 15.00     Coffee break 

15.00 – 15.45     Workshops 

15.45 – 16.00     Conference closure 

Workshop 1  How to maximise your effectiveness with Polish clients – cultural aspects affecting engagement and best practice – Ewa Wilcock and Agnieszka Tenteroba

Workshop 2  “I am scared that social services will take my children” – Polish clients’ experiences of working with social services – Iwona Nowakowska and Joanna Jandula

Group 1 – Workshop 1 at 2 pm and Workshop 2 at 3 pm

Group 2 – Workshop 1 at 3 pm and Workshop 2 at 2 pm

After the event, we would like to invite you to join us for Drinks, Nibbles and Networking to have further opportunities to get to know each other, discuss ideas, and relax in the company of like-minded people.

We hope to see you there, please let us know if you would like to join us when you register for the event.


We will hold the event at the Mercure Hotel, Portland St, Manchester M1 4PH. It is conveniently located in the city centre just half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly railway station (12 minutes walking distance or 5 minutes taxi ride) and nine miles from Manchester Airport.

Info and tickets available from here.

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