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News and Updates for todays Domestic Violence conference

Luke & Ryan HartLuke & Ryan Hart

News and updates from today's Domestic Violence conference chaired by Jo Todd, Chief Executive, Respect.

Luke and Ryan Hart: The Lived Experience 
On 19 July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight, by the family’s father using a sawn-off shotgun. He then committed suicide.
Luke and Ryan Hart, the two surviving sons, now openly share their story to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour. They are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions speaking out against male violence towards women. They have written a book of their experiences, Operation Lighthouse, challenging the myths and stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse and coercive control that they experienced following their tragedy.

Luke and Ryan opened the conference with a powerful talk urging for cultural changes in attitudes to how domestic violence and men controlling women and children is understood, after media reporting of the murder of their mother and sister portrayed their father as a "good man". They said there is a; "gross misunderstanding of domesitc abuse."

The Whole Picture Approach
Suzanne Jacob OBE,
Chief Executive, SafeLives
Full PowerPoint Presentation

A primary care response to domestic abuse from research to mainstream: The IRIS story
Medina Johnson,
CEO, IRIS, Identification & referral to Improve Safety

Early identification and prevention of domestic violence
Donna Covey CBE,
Director, AVA – Against Violence and Abuse
Pre Event Abstract
This presentation focusses particularly on the role of health and social care services in supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse. It begins by emphasising the fluid nature of risk, and the importance of not measuring risk at a single point in time. It talks about the help seeking model, and the importance of understanding that women’s perception of risk, and willingness to disclose domestic violence and abuse, will depend on where they are in this process. The single biggest indicator of risk is whether the woman feels frightened by her partner’s behaviour.
As set out in the NICE guidance, health and social care professionals have a vital role to play in identifying, and supporting victims of, domestic violence and abuse. It is, therefore, important to understand the barriers both to survivors disclosing their abuse, and to professionals asking about abuse. Research (Rose et al, BJP 2011) shows that the main barriers to enquiry by mental health professionals, e.g. are lack of knowledge and expertise in the area, and thinking that it was not part of their role.  These findings are particularly relevant a 69% of women with serious mental health issues have experienced DV in their lifetime(Khalifeh et al 2014) , and people with extensive experience of violence and abuse are five times more likely to experience a common mental disorder than those with little or no abuse (UK Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007).

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