AAFDA Conference March 2018 – Illuminate the past to make the future safer With over 220 delegates attending and over 60 family members – the AAFDA Annual conference 2018 was the biggest yet. Families and professionals from around the UK, Ireland, Portugal and the USA came together to share a space to hear from professional speakers, policy makers and families. There were moments of challenge, sadness, hope, and illumination and a real sense that we can all work together to make the future safer. Professor Neil Websdale, Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative in the USA Family member Samantha Shrewsbury sharing her powerful story Dr Jane Monckton Smith presenting her Homicide Timeline research Speakers included: Key note speaker – Professor Neil Websdale, world authority on reviews after domestic homicide and a key driver of the death review movement around the world including in England. Neil is the Director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University and Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI). He has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. A number of families bereaved by domestic homicide. Gene Feder, Professor of primary health care, NIHR School for Primary Care Research, University of Bristol. Architect of IRIS and practising GP, discussing domestic abuse and the role of Health. Dr Jane Monckton-Smith, Director of the Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection at the University of Gloucestershire. Forensic Criminologist specialising in the area of homicide, coercive control and criminal investigation. Catherine Hinwood, Deputy Director, Victim and Witness Policy, Family and Criminal Justice. Christian Papaleontiou, Head of Public Protection Unit, Home Office and Chair of Domestic Homicide Review Quality Assurance Panel Frank Mullane, CEO of AAFDA, Home Office appointed reader of Domestic Homicide Reviews and member of national panel quality assuring these reviews.