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Free virtual domestic abuse conference series

8 Mar 2021 12:00PM

A series of conferences will take place virtually over the next two months, hosted by the University. 

All the conferences will be looking at issues connected to domestic abuse and the first on 9 March includes a presentation from the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales, Nicole Jacobs. 

Nicole Jacobs was the former Chief Executive Officer at charity Standing Together Against Domestic Violence and has more than two decades of experience working to reduce domestic abuse. The role of Domestic Abuse Commissioner leads on driving improvements on the response to domestic abuse in the UK, championing victims and making recommendations on what more should be done to better protect victims and bring more offenders to justice. 

The conference series will feature new work from Miss Yankey, a British/Ghanaian performance poet who uses the spoken word to promote change, and awareness of Women's Rights working with organisations such as Imkaan, Million Women Rise, Southall Black Sisters, FLOWS, Reclaim the Night, and the Women's Equality Party. 

The conference entitled ‘Collective Efficacy, Community Safety and Domestic Abuse during and after COVID-19’ will address what impact the pandemic has had on community responses to domestic abuse and what lessons can be learnt.  

Dr Olumide Adisa, Head of the Centre for Abuse Research at the University of Suffolk, said ”Our conferences and events on domestic abuse have always been about furthering our knowledge on ‘What works’ as well as uncovering new and under-researched areas that are vital in our understanding of tackling domestic abuse. Through these virtual sessions, we hope to inspire and challenge everyone that attends to see themselves as a catalysts for change in naming domestic abuse in everyday spaces and collectively taking responsibility for ending this devastating crime.”    

Suffolk County Council are supporting the conference series. Chief Executive Nicola Beach said “We are delighted to support this series of sessions which looks to bring together academics and practitioners, both locally and nationally to share best practice and learning. Domestic Abuse requires a joined up, multi-agency response, informed by survivors experiences and we are committed to learning together as a system.” 

To find out more about the free virtual conferences which take place between 9 March-25 May 2021 please visit


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