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From: 8 Mar 2018 - 3:00pm
To: 8 Mar 2018 - 5:00pm
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Violence Against Women


Women are more likely to speak to health professionals about their experiences than to report violence directly to the police. This should place public health policy makers and health practitioners at the forefront of an integrated approach to combating violence against women. What can be done to ensure that this happens in practice? And how can we improve the integration between healthcare, criminal justice and support services that seek to address violence against women?

This cross-sector seminar will explore the multi-dimensional implications of gender-based violence and seeks to drive an integrated approach to supporting women who have experienced violence. 

Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health

This event follows up a major conference held at Cumberland Lodge in February 2017: Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health.  

The conference brought together delegates from public health directors, NHS representatives, policy makers, think tanks, charities and service users, to explore ways of enhancing the Governments strategy to end violence against women and girls. It examined the barriers to, and opportunities for, enhancing health professionals response to a range of issues including  to FGM, sexual violence, intimate partner abuse, and honour based violence. The conference made a series of practical recommendations for both health workers, victim support services and policy makers.

The Summary Report from this three-day conference (available in the 'Downloads' box on this page) outlines the key threads of discussion, recommendations and action points. 

London Seminar

To bring the key learning points and outstanding actions from the conference directly to policymakers, senior civil servants and influencers in Westminster, we are holding a follow-up seminar at the House of Lords on International Womens Day (8th March). 

The seminar aims to provide a safe forum to come together and ask:

  • Why are rates of violence against women in the UK one third higher than the EU average?

  • What is needed to develop a more integrated approach for early intervention & joint up action

  • How can we encourage stakeholders from a wide range of sectors including healthcare to address the issues of gender based violence. 


Seminar Chair: Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE

  • Winnie Li, Author of 'Dark Chapter'
  • Dr Neera Dholakia, Lead GP for Safeguarding Children and Clinical Lead for Mental Health, West London CCG

Further speakers to be confirmed.

Register your interest

There is no charge to attend this seminar. We are expecting up to 45 delegates.

Places are limited, and we aim to ensure a balanced and diverse representation of backgrounds and perspectives, please may we request that organisations register for a maximum of 2 tickets, and where possible send only 1 representative. To register your interest in participating, please contact Hannah Breeze, Programme Administrator, at or call 01784 497796.

This event is part of our London Seminars, which take the learning, outstanding actions and recommendations from our Cumberland Conferences to policymakers, senior public servants and influencers, with the aim of addressing the root causes and effects of social divisions in society.



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