2011 RISE Conference speakers and topics

Details of the RISE 2011 conference and speakers.

Professional by Experience:  Survivor Perspectives on Preventing Violence Against Women - RISE National Violence Against Women Conference 2011

Delegates from Sussex and around the UK listened to and were inspired by survivors, activists and specialist service providers and explored effective approaches to preventing violence against women and supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage, FGM, prostitution and sexual exploitation.

Caroline Lucas MP opened the Conference with her introduction “Violence against women: an equality and human rights issue”. Dr Aisha Gill for took the chair and  Dr Liz Kelly for delivered the key note speech.  Brighton & Hove Councillor, Ben Duncan, took the opportunity to announce that the City would be seeking White Ribbon status in 2012. 

Please see the bar on the right of this page for some of the presentations, workshops and speeches from the day.

RISE Conferences are part of the RISE fundraising strategy to maintain services and ensure survival.  They would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of RISE staff and Trustees, along with generous gifts of time and expertise from a number of people and organisations. 

List of Speakers and Topics

Chair: Dr Aisha Gill
Activist in violence against women prevention & Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Caroline Lucas MP
Leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion

Professor Liz Kelly
Activist and researcher in violence against women prevention and Co-Chair, End Violence Against Women Coalition

Constance McCullagh
Feminist writer and activist in prevention of violence against women

Bernie O-Roarke
Activist in violence against women prevention and Irish Traveller Outreach Worker, Solas Anois

Fiona Broadfoot
Founder of EXIT and campaigner on the issues of sexual exploitation

Hannana Siddiqui
Activist in violence against women prevention and Joint Co-ordinator, Southall Black Sisters 

Rita Buhanda
Campaigner to advance the rights of African women and girls, FORWARD

Davina James-Hanman
Activist in violence against women prevention and Director, AVA Project 

Philippa Chapman
Co-ordinator of SEEDS (Services Educating and Empowering Domestic abuse Survivors)

Shelley Stoops
Sexual Violence Advocate, Armistead Street Project, Liverpool 

Shannon Harvey
Coordinator, Stella Project to address problematic substance use, domestic and sexual violence

Neil Blacklock
Development director, Respect, the UK association for perpetrator programmes

Nicola Sharp
Activist in violence against women prevention

Medina Johnson and Annie Howell
Implementation Leads for IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety)

Morgan Frackrell
Chief Executive, Cardiff Women’s Aid

Plus speakers and representatives from local domestic and sexual violence services and partnerships 

Benefits of attending

• Examine what more you can do to meet the needs of survivors who, because of their identity and life experience, are hard to hear (not ‘hard to reach’).
• Learn how best to involve survivors in the development and review of services.
• Examine how best to meet the support needs of BME women and women from Traveller communities.
• Consider what works in supporting child survivors, women with problematic substance use, women with mental health problems, and women involved in prostitution.
• Explore ways of reducing and preventing female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
• Learn from an innovative and cost-effective early intervention domestic violence programme with GP practices.
• Consider how work with young people and community capacity building initiatives can be effective in violence against women prevention.
• Hear about what works in challenging perpetrators and preventing further violence.
• Learn what employers in the public and private sector can do to support employees from domestic and sexual violence and hold abusers to account.
• Consider the connections between the need to achieve gender equality and violence against women prevention, and the associated challenges this presents.

 Who should attend?

• Police authorities, police services and neighbourhood policing teams
• Central and local government and policy makers
• Family Liaison Officers
• Domestic and sexual violence co-ordinators
• Community Safety Teams
• Adult Social Care services
• Commissioners of services
• Mental health services
• Substance misuse services
• Human Resources staff