In celebration of International Women’s Day, Waltham Forest Council delivered a seminar on Friday 6th March at the Paradox Centre in Chingford, to encourage partnership working to tackle domestic abuse in Waltham Forest.

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The event, proudly sponsored by CBHA, was an opportunity for delegates to hear from the Council, Waltham Forest Police and other key note speakers about the co-ordinated community response model to tackle domestic abuse in Waltham Forest and the emerging impact on our diverse communities.

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The event, attended by over 80 delegates, brought together; housing, health, social care, substance misuse and service providers from the statutory and voluntary sectors with a range of skills and expertise. As domestic violence homicide and serious case reviews continue to show, a coordinated approach to domestic violence and abuse in Waltham Forest is needed to effectively support families and individuals. Even when victims do come forward, often many professionals do not have the knowledge of local structures to give them the appropriate support they need. This event aimed to counteract these issues by raising awareness of local structures and increasing staff confidence, equipping practitioners and professionals to identify potential issues early and to act appropriately.

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Speeches were made by Cllr Karen Bellamy, the borough commander Jacqueline Sebire, Victim Support, London and Quadrant and Ascham homes on how best to support families and individuals especially when moving home. The important role which housing providers can play in responding to domestic abuse was emphasised in a presentation by Gudrun Burnet.

The afternoon session, opening with a speech by Jeanette Arnold from the Greater London Authority, consisted of breakout sessions in which groups of delegates discussed key issues facing services and individuals.

Cllr. Karen Bellamy said, “The inspirational speeches throughout the day encouraged enthusiasm and engagement in delegates, leading to meaningful discussions on the issues presented. It is through discussions such as this that a coordinated approach in Waltham Forest can be achieved across services and organisations.”

Cllr Bellamy