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Domestic Abuse Conference, 20 May 2020, University of Suffolk, Ipswich *POSTPONED*


The Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet) is pleased to announce the Domestic Abuse Conference to be held on the theme: “Multiple perspectives and interconnectedness”.

Nearly two decades ago, “What works in reducing domestic violence” was published in 2001 by Julie Taylor-Browne. This comprehensive work, aimed at professionals, summarised what was known about the successes of various initiatives and agencies in dealing with DVA, drawing on contributions from academic and non-academic experts.  

Fast-forward to present day, conversations around evidence-based approaches continue to permeate discussions on DVA. Over the years, sophisticated and more pragmatic approaches have been marshalled to reduce/tackle DVA and to meet the needs of those experiencing DVA.  

As an homage to this piece of work, the one-day conference aims to bring together professionals, students, trainees, and academics to further our understanding of domestic violence and abuse interventions; and by extension, how do multi-disciplinary approaches help in resolving the tensions surrounding the complexity of DVA? 

‘Multidisciplinarity’ as a concept may be viewed as a pathway to advancing discussions and in achieving goals in research, policy and practice. Additionally, are there alternative interconnected approaches that provide richer understandings and greater public benefit? 

The theme of the conference is: “Multiple perspectives and interconnectedness of approaches in a context of domestic violence and abuse (DVA)”. We invite you to join us in this important conversation and look forward to welcoming you to Suffolk in 2020.  

Confirmed Speakers include: 

  • Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Gareth Wilson, Deputy Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police
  • Professor Gene Feder, Professor of Primary Care, University of Bristol
  • Chantal Hughes, CEO Hampton Trust
  • Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive, Safelives
  • Bal Howard, BKH Training
  • Alison Bird, Interim Services Director, Changing Pathways/Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Suffolk
  • Dr Olumide Adisa, Research Fellow/Head of Centre for Abuse Research, University of Suffolk
  • Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Founder/Director, Surviving Economic Abuse/ Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Suffolk
  • John Trott, Consultant and Trainer, Abuse Free Life

And many more...

Pre-arranged workshops: Stalking, Perpetrators, Economic Abuse, “Toxic Trio” (DA, Mental Health, and Addiction), Supporting African and Caribbean Heritage Women, and a MARAC Roundtable discussion.

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Registration fees

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All: £45; *Student/Trainee/Unwaged: £25  


  • Attendance at all conference sessions and workshops (including the Centre for Digital Rights' Digital Intimacies PGR event on the 21 May 2020)

  • Delegate pack 

  • All morning and coffee breaks and lunch 

Tickets to the conference dinner are additional to the registration fees. Conference dinner (optional):  7pm – 10pm (£20). We have booked a local restaurant. Menu choices are unconfirmed, but they will cater for all dietary requirements. To book the dinner, click here.

*Student registration is available for those studying full time and who hold a current Student ID Card. You will be asked to provide a copy of your current student ID card.  

All Important Dates 

Online registration NOW OPEN

Wednesday 4 December 2019 

Abstract submission deadline:    

Friday 21 February 2020

(call may close early as abstracts will be considered on a rolling basis) 

Notification of abstract review outcome: 

Monday 9 March 2020 

Deadline for accepted authors to register/confirm attendance: 

Friday 27 March 2020 

Registration closes  

Friday 8 May 2020

(booking portal may close early if sold out before the 8 May) 

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited from academics and professionals who work in the broad field of DVA. Of interest are submissions that fall under: 

  • Survivors’ voices and service provision 

  • Needs of children and young people 

  • Mainstreaming interventions 

  • Healthy relationships education 

  • Health service responses 

  • Therapeutic approaches 

  • Perpetrator interventions 

  • Effective policing and CJS responses 

  • DVA and Law 

  • DVA and CSA 

  • DVA and Tech 

  • DVA and Identity 

  • DVA and financial issues 

  • The needs of male victims 

  • Housing and accomodation 

  • DVA and stalking 

  • Restorative justice  

  • Outreach and advocacy 

  • Risk assessment 

  • Economic evaluations 

Abstracts of proposed papers should be no longer than 250 words. This should be submitted to: 

Papers (20mins) and printed posters are equally welcome. Poster format: Size is A0 (0.84 x 1.19m) (portrait orientation), you will be expected to bring your printed poster with you. Some presentations may be better suited for the parallel sessions (10 mins). Please state your preference on your abstract. 

We also welcome practice-based submissions in these identified areas which may be in an alternative format, for example, film, performance, photography etc 

Submission deadline is 21 Feb 2020. This call may close early as submitted abstracts will be considered on a rolling basis.

The abstract should be organised in the following ways: background, key argument/case, methods, findings or results and conclusions as well as the implications for research, policy and practice.  

Please contact Dr Olumide Adisa – Email:, if you have any queries regarding whether your work fits the conference theme. 

There is an opportunity for selected papers to be included in an article to be published in Palgrave Communications (Interdisciplinarity) in 2020 as well as an edited collection. 

Information for exhibitors and sponsors

Opportunities exist for organisations to support the conference. Sponsors will be able to engage with conference participants through various means (table stands, sponsoring the conference bag etc). If you are interested in providing sponsorship, please contact: Dr Olumide Adisa by emailing:

Conference Accommodation

There are a number of hotels within easy walking distance of the conference location held at University of Suffolk.  Please click here for more details on the accommodation.