Usha Sood addresses symposium on Domestic Violence

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: Working Towards a National Strategy  – 1 st December 2009

The aim of this symposium was to assess the prospects for a national strategy to end violence against women and girls in all its forms. Additionally to consider the latest National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan 2009-10, announced earlier this summer, and explore how the combination of better use of new powers and more effective multi-agency working can help to construct a stronger system to safeguard victims and deal with perpetrators of domestic violence and other crimes, such as ‘honour’ based violence.

Usha Sood spoke with specific reference to Safeguarding Victims of Domestic Violence – Empowering the Police, Courts and Improving Multi-Agency Working.

This event built on the success of a previous symposium on September 16th 2009 entitled Working Together to Tackle Forced Marriage and “Honour” Based Crime at which Usha Sood also spoke with reference to :

  • Raising Awareness and Understanding of Forced Marriage and the Services Available
  • Utilising Existing Legislative Powers to Identify, Protect & Support Victims
  • Successfully Implementing the ‘One Chance Rule’ & Improving Multi-Agency Working
  • Overcoming Sensitive Cultural Barriers through Better Community Engagement