IALS Webinar: Domestic Abuse in the UK’s Covid-19 Lockdown: From Normal to New Normal and what Survivors’ Experiences Might Teach Us
15 Jul 2020, 17:00 to 15 Jul 2020, 18:30
Online Seminar (Zoom)
This webinar will discuss emerging data on the escalation of domestic abuse in lockdown. The increase in lockdown-related domestic abuse received widespread media coverage and prompted a targeted government campaign highlighting available support. These responses highlight a need to reassess how domestic abuse is portrayed and dealt with. This is especially so given the Domestic Abuse Bill currently being considered before parliament.
If made law, the Bill will, for the first time, create a statutory definition of domestic abuse which includes:
(a) physical or sexual abuse;
(b) violent or threatening behaviour;
(c) controlling or coercive behaviour;
(d) economic abuse;
(e) psychological, emotional or other abuse.
Emerging data from lockdown exposes significant difficulties in the provision of victim support. Amongst other issues, Covid-19 lockdown reveals a lack of awareness of the impact of non-violent domestic abuse and the need for whole family support. It also reveals an urgent need to improve remote support such as tech-related services. Questions remain as to whether the Domestic Abuse Bill will produce effective reform.
PRELIMINARY WEBINAR OUTLINE – 4 participants, 15 min presentations, 15 min inter-panel discussion, 15 min allowance for overtime/tech issues.
1) THE DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL 2019-2021: FIRST STEPS
Speaker Michael Brooks OBE, Chairman of the Mankind Initiative and participant in the Domestic Abuse Bill Committee Briefing. The ManKind Initiative was the first charity in Great Britain to support male victims of domestic abuse. The charity promotes an inclusive and equality-based view of domestic abuse. The ensuring that all victims, including males, females, LBGTQ+, and their children, receive the support they need.
2) COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN SUPPORT PROVISION
Michael Bonello – Team Manager, Ealing Social Services.
3) TECH ABUSE - Dr Leonie Tanczer, Lead Researcher of the “Gender and Internet of Things” Project, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London. Dr Tanczer collaborates with various domestic abuse organisation on the issue of tech abuse, and has provided briefing to the UK’s Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.
4) THE NEW NORMAL: WHAT LESSONS CAN BE TAKEN FROM LOCKDOWN?
Dr Amy Kellam, Associate Research Fellow, IALS
This Webinar is free but advance booking is required.
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