AAFDA’s 2019 conference was packed with speakers from the sector, representatives from the Home Office and Ministry of Justice and families bereaved by domestic homicide.
Nicole is the Chief Executive Officer of Standing Together Against Domestic Violence; a organisation focused on creating a coordinated community response to domestic abuse in West London. Nicole has worked in domestic violence policy and intervention for over 20 years. She began her career at the Alabama State Coalition Against Domestic Violence in the United States. In 1999, she came to London as an early worker at ADVANCE, one of the first advocacy (now IDVA service) services in the UK. In 2000, she began working at Standing Together, expanding the coordinated community response efforts into health settings. After returning to the UK following two years working in the United States at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, she was part of a small group of individuals and organisations that shaped CAADA’s nationally accredited IDVA training programme, and she co-trained courses for two years. Her freelance work has included clients such as the CPS, Refuge and multiple local authorities, individual refuges, outreach and IDVA projects. She worked at Refuge as a Senior Operations Manager before becoming the CEO at Standing Together in 2014 . She has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Public Administration.
Confirmed speakers include:
David Challen is the youngest son of Sally Challen, campaigning for her release following the successful appeal of the murder of his father Richard Challen. Sally killed her husband, Richard, following more than 40 years of coercive controlling abuse. Fresh psychological evidence and expert reports quashed Sally’s conviction of murder in February and she is now awaiting a landmark retrial hoping to recognise coercive control as a partial defense to murder.
David is a Prison Advice Ambassador.
Dr Hannah Bows
Dr Hannah Bows is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at Durham Law School, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) and Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Her research interests are broadly located within the areas of violence against women, gender and crime, victimology and feminist socio-legal theories. Over the last six years her work has mainly focused on violence crime against older people in the UK which has included projects examining domestic violence, sexual violence and, more recently, homicide. She is currently the PI on a British Academy funded project examining sexual violence and harassment at UK music festivals. Outside of academia, Hannah is the Chair of Age UK Teesside and sits as a magistrate on the County Durham and Darlington bench. She is also the incoming Chair of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Victims Network. You can follow her on twitter @Hannah_Bows
Harriet Wistrich alongside Nour Norris, bereaved by double domestic homicide
Harriet is a solicitor of twenty plus years’ experience working with the renowned civil liberties firm, Birnberg Peirce Ltd. She is the winner of the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award 2014 and Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018. She founded The Centre for Women’s Justice in 2016, a new multi partner organisation aimed at bringing cases holding the state to account in relation to violence against women and girls. She is also an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, Justice for Women and is a trustee of the charity, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize.
Nour Norris alongside Harriet Wistrich
Nour’s sister, Khaola, and niece, Raneem, were killed by Raneem’s estranged husband in August 2018.
Ryan and Luke Hart
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. So far, they have trained police officers, police community support officers, NHS personnel and legal professionals in the Crown Prosecution Service. They are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions speaking out against male violence towards women and children. They have released their book Operation Lighthouse, telling their story and challenging myths and stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse and coercive control.
Lizanne Van Vuuren
Lizanne was the girlfriend of William Pemberton who was killed in 2003. Lizanne also formed part of the coxless crew that rowed unsupported across the Pacific Ocean in 2015.
Julie’s daughter Katie died in 2016 following an abusive relationship. Julie and her daughters recently spoke about Katie…
Eleanor has been an independent consultant for 19 years. She specialises in violence against women and girls, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with a particular focus on domestic abuse.
Examples of Eleanor’s work include being commissioned to research, develop and write the national statutory and multi-agency guidelines for practitioners handling cases of forced marriage for the Forced Marriage Unit (Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Unit). The NSPCC appointed Eleanor to develop a service model and accompanying manual to assist NSPCC practitioners working with South Asian children and families. Following the death of Victoria Climbié, the Department of Education commissioned Eleanor to investigate the scale and extent of child abuse linked to a belief in “spirit possession” and “djinns” in the United Kingdom. She has chaired and authored over 20 serious case reviews and domestic homicide reviews.
Dannielle’s mother, Jenny was murdered by her partner in 2008. Dannielle started her own blog (Saving Jenny) in 2016, which was written in the child’s perspective of witnessing domestic abuse, this has generated a widespread positive response. The aim of this blog was to display how much an impact it can have on families and to raise awareness. Dannielle has also set up her own fundraising events (Jenny’s Morning) for local domestic abuse services, for example; GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service), which lead to her becoming a public speaker for the service. Dannielle also studies Criminology at Masters Level and intends on carrying on Jenny’s memory through her chosen career, which will be eventually joining the Police with the aims of specialising in the domestic abuse area in the future. Visit Dannielle’s blog www.savingjennyyoung.wordpress.com
Families bereaved by domestic homicide
Further speakers will be announced over the weeks ahead.