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Domestic Abuse Champions conference to be held in Norwich

22 November 2019

Domestic Abuse Champions will be attending a special conference next week to share advice on tackling domestic abuse in Norfolk.

The Domestic Abuse Champions Conference will be held on Tuesday 26 November at the Mercure Hotel on Boundary Road in Norwich.

This annual event gives Domestic Abuse Champions the opportunity to share advice and best practice with colleagues from across Norfolk with insightful talks from a range of guest speakers. These will include campaigner, Claire Throssell, a survivor of domestic abuse and Sara Fitzpatrick and Tania Woodgate from Respect and the Change Project talking about ‘perpetrator interventions’. 

Attendees will also take part in seminars from child psychologist, Liz Hadcroft and Julie Sandell, safeguarding development inspector from Norfolk Constabulary.

The conference is organised by Norfolk County Council’s Domestic Abuse Change team and there are now over 2,000 trained Domestic Abuse Champions to raise awareness and tackle the different types of domestic abuse.

Most recently, the Domestic Abuse Change team were responsible for training hairdressers in the region to help them spot the signs of domestic abuse when talking to their customers.

This initiative was in response to the tragic death of Kerri McAuley who was killed by her ex-partner in 2017. Kerri had confided in her hairdresser before her death – fear of repercussions from her ex-partner made her keep her relationship secret from family and friends.

This award-winning training has been shared in other parts of the country, with Northampton Constabulary about to launch their campaign with hairdressers, Cut it Out, on Monday to coincide with White Ribbon Day.

Please note the conference is fully booked

In partnership with Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership, a multi-agency partnership to tackle domestic abuse.


Full programme

Alex Skeel – survivor and ambassador for Mankind
Ippo Panteloudakis – Respect, ‘Removing barriers for male victims of domestic abuse’
Sara Kirkpatrick and Tania Woodgate, Respect and Change Project ‘Perpetrator interventions’
David Stothard, Tender Education & Arts
Celia Peachey, inspirational speaker, pioneer and activist
Claire Throssell – Survivor of domestic abuse, campaigner and public speaker


Liz Hadcroft, child psychologist
Julie Sandell, safeguarding development onspector

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