Local partnerships are the key to tackling domestic abuse, but we know successful partnerships don't just happen. Making them work without coordination is very difficult.
Hundreds of Domestic Violence Coordinators around the country work to strengthen their community's response to domestic abuse, often with little support or certainty about the future of their post.
The Domestic Violence Coordinators Network is there to support, represent, and connect the individuals in this critical, specialist role.
Why join the network?
As well as exclusive access to expert resources and invitations to DVCN conferences and other events, network membership gives you:
- two national conferences per year
- space to reflect on and share your practice
- networking opportunities
- strategies to guard your independence and increase influence
- a stronger voice, through our lobbying on local and national issues relating to domestic violence
Forthcoming DVCN Conference
We are delighted to announce that the theme of the next DVCN will be: “The role of faith and the community in responding to domestic abuse.”
The Conference will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at the Friends House, in London (near Euston Station) from 10:00 – 15:30.
We often hear from professionals about the need to improve their communication and support of grassroots and community projects that work on domestic abuse and related VAWG practices. Services have felt a gap in their ability to support survivors, and enable families and communities to respond to DVA effectively. We know from domestic homicide reviews and survivors’ accounts that family and social networks such as faith institutions and the community play a key role in responding to domestic abuse.
What, if anything, can you do to enable marginalised and “hard to hear” communities to combat VAWG and DVA? Are there practical suggestions and strategies that can help you embed a more intersectional approach when working with minoritised and faith communities?
The event will explore 3 thematic areas:
‘Building Bridges’ which will highlight effective models of engagement with different communities and how to gain and sustain the community’s trust.
‘Integrity’ which will delve into how not to reinforce discriminatory stereotypes around different communities, particularly when dealing with violence against women and girls.
The third theme will be ‘Empowerment’ where you will hear from different grassroots organisations tackling gender-based violence and abuse who have been working with Standing Together’s SAFE Communities Programme.
The conference is FREE to DVCN members and £75 for non-members. To reserve you place click here (link is external).