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Festival of Social Science

10 Oct 2018 9:00AM

The University of Suffolk has been selected to take part in this year’s Festival of Social Science, run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is the UK’s biggest celebration of social science. It runs nationally from 3-10 November and involves public debates, conferences, workshops, film screenings and virtual exhibitions.

The aim is to highlight the impact of social science research on people's lives and the University of Suffolk will be hosting two events for the public.

The ‘Approaches to Reducing Domestic Abuse’ conference, on 3 November, will discuss community-based approaches to tackling the issue.

The event will present findings and ongoing work from various research projects on domestic abuse from the University of Suffolk and the University of Essex, to highlight learning from local provision as well as sharing good practice.

The identified themes are, but not limited to; criminal justice and civil justice; housing; health; money; identity; prevention and protection.

The speakers include Alison Inman OBE from the Chartered Institute of Housing, Bonnie Navarra the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs from Surviving Economic Abuse and representatives from the universities of St Mary’s, Bristol and Middlesex.

Dr Olumide Adisa from the University of Suffolk and Professor Nigel South from the University of Essex are co-organising the conference.

Professor South said, “The importance of domestic abuse may be more widely recognised than in the past but that does not mean it is no longer happening. It is still a crime that is hidden and under-reported. When data suggests that every week in England two women are killed by a partner or ex-partner it is clear there is still much to be done to reduce such violence. And a lot of good work is being done so the idea of this conference is to bring people together to share ideas and experience and hopefully improve community and service responses in the future.”

Dr Adisa added, "Domestic abuse destroys people's lives and affects generations. Each year nearly two million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse. Understanding 'what works' for domestic abuse is a high priority for policymakers locally and nationally in the UK. This has certainly been seen in recent efforts on the part of the government to deal with domestic abuse at every stage, from prevention to protection as well as rehabilitation.”

“There is much to be learnt from community-based provision to reduce domestic abuse and we aim to bring people together to discuss and exchange ideas on this topic on the 3rd November in

Ipswich.  We have got a fantastic line-up of speakers and stimulating talks. It will be a must-attend weekend event for anyone interested in practical solutions to tackling domestic abuse."

The University of Suffolk will also be hosting a dementia-focused event as part of the Festival.

‘Movement and Memories: Exploring Perceptions of Dementia’ will be held on 10 November. The event will be run in partnership with Orwell Housing Association and Sue Ryder. The event will revolve around performances from the internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, Gecko who will draw on the experiences of those living with dementia and carers.

The event will include the presentation of preliminary findings from the evaluation of the Sue Ryder 'Dementia Together' service by researchers at the University of Suffolk Themes will revolve around personal stories, the arts and dementia and service provision, including speakers from the arts organisations and services working directly with people living with dementia and their carers.

Katie Tyrrell, Research Associate at the University of Suffolk said, “As a recently established dementia friendly university, we welcome practitioners, people living with dementia and their carers to this exciting event with a varied programme of performance, research dissemination and personal testimony. Evidence frequently suggests that arts interventions promote enhanced quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers, we hope this event will bring people together to discuss the role of the arts, current service provision and how society can support individuals to live well with dementia.”

Wendy Evans-Hendrick, CEO of Orwell Housing Association said, “Supporting the event at the University of Suffolk demonstrates our commitment to raising awareness of living with Dementia. We are also delighted to be working with Gecko Physical Theatre Company on the performance, which some of our carers are contributing too, it is a great opportunity to bring together a group of people, in one place, to share experiences and talk directly with people living with or caring for someone with dementia.

“Dementia is putting major pressure on our health service and we are committed to making sure that the support is in place to care and offer people solutions to live an independent life for as long as possible. This event will showcase the range of services Orwell Housing Association is already delivering, to those who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers.”

Attendance for both events is free of charge* and registration is advised via the Eventbrite pages:

Approaches to Reducing Domestic Abuse

Movement and Memories: Exploring Perceptions of Dementia



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